The Golf Course: A Slice of ‘The Plum Life’ at Plum Hollow

Mar 18, 2024 | The Plum Life | 0 comments

In the heart of Southeast Michigan lies a gem of golfing heritage, where fairways intertwine with the rich tapestry of the Rouge River watershed. Plum Hollow Country Club isn’t just a place to tee off; it’s a pilgrimage for golf enthusiasts seeking to tread upon the same ground where legends once roamed.

Dating back to 1921, Plum Hollow has been a beacon for those in search of a transcendent golfing experience. Its reputation soared when it played host to some of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport’s history. From the illustrious Wartime Ryder Cup of 1943 to the PGA Championship in 1947, and the Western Open of 1957, Plum Hollow’s fairways have witnessed the triumphs and tribulations of golfing icons.

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Designed by the eminent architects Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison, Plum Hollow’s layout is a testament to their genius. With the Rouge River meandering through the property and elevations ranging from 5 to 50 feet on every hole except two, the course challenges and captivates players in equal measure. The strategic placement of hazards and greens ensures that each shot demands precision and strategy, making for an exhilarating round every time.

Signature holes like the 5th, 12th, and 18th linger in the memory of those fortunate enough to have played them. Whether it’s navigating the undulating fairways or conquering the treacherous bunkers, each hole presents a unique test of skill and nerve.

But Plum Hollow isn’t just about reliving past glories; it’s about embracing the future of the game. In 2020, the club embarked on a comprehensive restoration project aimed at preserving the course’s heritage while enhancing its playability and sustainability. Guided by the original design principles of C.H. Alison, the renovation seeks to elevate Plum Hollow to new heights while staying true to its roots.

Moreover, Plum Hollow isn’t just a haven for seasoned pros; it’s a nurturing ground for budding talents. With state-of-the-art practice facilities and expert instruction from Director of Golf Tom Rose, and Head Golf Professional Julian Thompson, players of all skill levels can refine their game and unlock their full potential.

Julian’s assessment echoes the thoughts of many. “Plum Hollow is the type of course you can play every day and not get bored with it. With five Par 5s and five Par 3s, it gives you variety that you don’t often see. That variety makes Plum Hollow one of the best golf courses in Michigan, and one that I would put up against nearly every course in the area.”

But beyond the fairways and greens, Plum Hollow prides itself on fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. It’s a place where families gather, friendships are forged, and memories are made. Whether you’re a living legend or a weekend warrior, Plum Hollow welcomes you with open arms and promises an experience that transcends the game itself.

So, if you’re a connoisseur of golfing history or simply seeking an unforgettable round, look no further than Plum Hollow Country Club. Here, amidst the whispering pines and babbling brooks, you’ll discover not just a golf course, but a sanctuary for the soul—a slice of the ‘Plum Life’, waiting to be savored with every swing.

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