Once you have played this course, you understand why they named it

 “Thousand Oaks Golf Club”. I had the chance to play this course the

other day and leaped at the opportunity.

What a treat!  Located north of Grand Rapids at Five Mile near the

Grand River, this course wraps around literally thousands of

oak trees. Which makes for a gorgeous nature outing this time of year.

Golf Digest rated this Rees Jones designed course one of the 25 best

courses to play in Michigan.

This course is quite deceptive. Because it fluctuates in elevation, you

might need a few more strokes to get up to the hole, or a little less

club if the green is down hill. All I can say is: don’t go in the woods,

or you will be reaching in your bag for a new ball.

What I didn’t know is that they have a Golf Academy, where PGA Golf

Master Instructor, Charles Vandenberg with the aid of state of the

 art facilities can analyze your swing or putting stroke. Then they give

you a Dvd to take home with lesson plans to  improve your game.

I took a few pictures so you could get an idea of what the course looks like:

 

First Hole

First Hole

The first hole with the Clubhouse in the background.

 

View of a fairway

View of a fairway

An elevated tee with the green nestled in the trees.

 

Green with oak trees surrounding

Green with oak trees surrounding

A fairly tight green with trees and bunkers waiting for your ball.

 

Golf Academy

Golf Academy

The front entrance to the Golf Academy.

 

Practice Range

Practice Range

The practice range behind the Golf Academy.

 

Thousand Oaks Clubhouse

Thousand Oaks Clubhouse

The Thousand Oaks Clubhouse and Restaurant

 

Statues of Children Golfing near the entrance

Statues of Children Golfing near the entrance

Bronze statues of children golfing near the entrance.

Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

Photos by Terry Westbrook

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