Raisin Valley Golf Course Review
Raisin Valley Golf Course
Teacher’s Comments: A fun, friendly, family-run course.
I had a lot of fun on my trip to the Raisin Valley Golf Club. It’s a friendly, family-run course with no apparent aspirations other than to provide fun golf at a good price.
The course was built in 1967, and typical of older courses, the holes are often parallel and tight. In fact, on the seventeenth hole, you could just as easily play your second shot from the sixth or sixteenth.
Much of the course is open and relatively flat. Holes ten through sixteen, however, take you up and down the River Raisin valley, where the golfer is challenged with tight, tree lined fairways and significant elevation changes. Water comes into play on eight holes.
Raisin Valley is short, coming in at just 5,556 from the back of the two tees. From there, it plays to a 67.5/112 (par 71). From the forward tees, it measures 4,625 and plays to a 67.5/112. Given the distances and the mostly open design, the bogey golfer can expect to score well.
Score well, that is, if you can negotiate the sometimes deceptive greens. And if you can make it through the back nine without losing a ball in the trees.
Conditions on the day I played were mostly good. A majority of the holes were in terrific shape, while a few others had dead patches. There were a couple of low wet areas. Greens were universally good, though.
Prices are very good at Raisin River. On the weekends, you can play for $20 walking and $36 with a cart. Kids under 17 play for free with an adult after 4 p.m. You can get a season walking membership for $600.
If I lived a little closer, I’d make Raisin Valley a regular stop. It’s fun, and I think would be a good place to hone your game.
The Raisin Valley Golf Course Review was first published May 26, 2014
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