Metamora Golf Course Review

The tenth at Metamora is a 514 yard par 5

Metamora Golf Course Review

Metamora Golf and Country Club
Metamora, Michigan
Grade: C+
Teachers’ Comments: Lots of water and some interesting holes with just so-so conditions

Metamora Golf and Country Club is a semi-private course located in Lapeer County. The parklands style course was built in 1990 from a design by Robert Bills and Donald Childs.

My lasting memories of Metamora are of the water hazards, which come into play on sixteen holes. Fortunately, those hazards all are manageable. Played conservatively, none require an heroic carry.

That didn’t keep me from worrying about them, though.

A view of the approach on Metamora’s dogleg left eighteenth

The course is also hillier than I would have expected. If anything, the heroic shots were the ones that took in hills, in particular the eighteenth, which ends on an add-two-clubs plateau.

The course’s front nine plays past and through a housing development, while the back nine is much more private. I have the feeling that when the course was built, the intent was for homes to encircle the layout.

Seven at Metamora is a 461 yard par 4.

With the exception of a couple of holes on the back nine, the course is fairly open.

From the back tees, Metamora clocks in at 6, 936 yard and plays to at 74.8/147. That’s a tough course.

TeeYardageSlopeRating
Gold6, 93674.8147
Blue6, 36371.8136
White5, 96170.1131
Red493372.3136
A view of the approach on Metamora’s first.

My favorite hole was the 370 yard par 4 first (which I played as the tenth that day). From a slightly elevated tee, it doglegs left around a large pond (what else), with a line of trees on the right. The green is tucked back behind a hidden sliver of pond with a large bunker threatening.

The landing zone is large, but a bunker on the outside edge will catch runaway tee shots.

A view from the fairway on Metamora’s par five third.

The course’s self-proclaimed “signature hole” is the par five third. On this, the fairway is interrupted by a rivulet about two thirds of the way down and ends at a pond not far beyond. The green is on an island to the left of the fairway.

It is a tough hole.

Conditions on the day I played were just so-so. The teeboxes were pretty beat up and the condition of the fairways was hit and miss. All of that water comes with drainage problems.

The greens were in good shape, though.

I played Metamora through one of those group golfer deals, and thought that it was a good value for the price I paid. If you’re interested, I wouldn’t be surprised if such a deal came up again.

The Metamora Golf Course review was first published February 24, 2022 from notes and photos taken on a round played August 16, 2021.

A photo tour of Metamora Golf Course follows:

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