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Golf Travel Guide To Greater Lansing

An Interview With Lori Lanspeary, Leisure Marketing Manager

By Brian Weis

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Greater Lansing? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Lori Lanspeary, Leisure Marketing Manager who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to Greater Lansing, must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools.

Give our readers an overview of your destination and why they should consider it for their next golf trip?
The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau wants you to know that if you're looking for golf courses, Lansing, Michigan has you covered. Lush fairways, immaculate greens, and challenging approach shots make this a truly memorable Midwestern golf destination. From tree-lined fairways carved out of scenic hardwoods to wide-open links-style courses with rolling hills and manicured emerald banks, Greater Lansing boasts some of the best golf courses in the country. Plus Greater Lansing's central location in the state is an easy drive and makes the perfect weekend getaway. Lansing is an affordable destination conveniently located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state's population. With 30 golf courses within a 30-mile radius, Greater Lansing boasts some of the best links in the country, with country club quality for public golf course prices.

What are the must play courses in Greater Lansing?
Brookshire Inn & Golf Club Brookshire offers the finest in golf, dining, banquet and wedding facilities. The golf course is 6,300 yards of beautiful greens, grass swales, mounded bunkers and plenty of water. The restaurant and banquet facilities have long been recognized by diners and critics alike as one of the Lansing area's premier facilities.
18-hole, Par 72, 6,300 yards
205 W. Church St., Williamston,
(517) 655-4694

Chisholm Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Located in South Lansing, just off I-96 and within minutes of shopping and hotel accommodations. Golf course showcases mature trees, lakes, wetlands, rolling terrain, bent grass tees and greens. Banquet Center overlooks natural golf course setting. Gourmet catering services available for groups up to 400.
18-hole, Par 72, 6,577 yards. Average Course Rating 70.5/Slope 125
2395 Washington Rd., Lansing,
(517) 694-0169

College Fields Golf Club
College Fields is one of the most recent golf courses built in Michigan, but it is designed with the history of golf in mind. The course topography is gently rolling. Located adjacent to MSU with easy access from I-96 and US127.
18-hole, Par 71, 6,124 yards
3800 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos,
(517) 332-8100

Eagle Eye Golf Club at Hawk Hollow
Everything from the rolling landscape to the signature 17th Island Green was designed to create magnificent shot values and challenges from each of the four sets of tees while retaining playability. The 65,000 sq. ft. clubhouse has five banquet rooms for groups of any size. Rated #53 in America. Stay and play packages available. Contact:
18-hole, Par 72, Five sets of tees: 5,200-7,318 yards
15500 Chandler Rd., Bath,
(517) 641-4570

Eldorado Golf Course
A hometown favorite. Clubhouse and remodeled banquet facilities to seat up to 200 people, food, beverages, pro shop, driving range, club rental, power carts and watered fairways.
27-hole, Red-Par 36, 3,160 yards; White-Par 35, 2,892 yards; Blue-Par 36, 3,168 yards
3750 W. Howell Rd., Mason,
(517) 676-2854

Forest Akers Golf Course
Redesigned by renowned golf course architect and MSU alumnus Arthur Hills, the West Course is the home of the Michigan State Spartans golf programs and has been rated by Zagat as among the top golf courses in America. An all-weather practice facility was added in 2009, with 18 heated and covered stalls for year-round practice.
Two 18-hole courses: East-Par 72, 6,490 yards; West-Par 72, 7,013 yards East Course: Harrison Rd., corner of Mt. Hope and Harrison, East Lansing. West Course:
3535 Forest, East Lansing,
(517) 355-1635

Grand Ledge Country Club
Clubhouse/banquet facilities, club rental, food and beverages, power carts, pro shop, all-grass driving range and PGA pro. Golf course is open to the public.
18-hole, Par 72, 6,100 yards
5811 E. St. Joseph Hwy., Grand Ledge,
(517) 627-2495

Groesbeck Golf Course
Ranked among the top municipal courses in Michigan, Groesbeck Golf Course is Lansing's best value for quality golf. This 18-hole course will challenge and entertain players of any skill level. Located near downtown Lansing off of E. Grand River Ave. and Otto St. Features: putting green, pro shop, weekly specials, casual eatery with full bar, club and cart rental.
18-hole, Par 71, 6,166 yards
1600 Ormond St., Lansing,
(517) 483-4333

Hawk Hollow
Hawk Hollow offers a clubhouse, bar/lounge, snack bar, banquet facilities to seat up to 600, power carts, pro shop, two full-size driving ranges, club rental and PGA pro. Stay and Play packages available. Contact:
27-hole, Par 72, Four sets of tees-from 5,200-6,974 yards
15101 Chandler Rd., Bath,
(517) 641-4295

Ironwood Links Golf Course
A beautifully crafted 18-hole golf course featuring a front nine with open rolling terrain and a back nine carved through scenic woods and hills. The superbly conditioned Par 64 layout has an equal mix of holes of all lengths, stretching as long as 400 yards, and is enjoyable for all levels of golfers. Facility available for meetings, banquets up to 160.
18-hole, Par 64, 3,974 yards
742 N. Eifert Rd., (21/2 miles south of Holt Rd.), Mason,
(517) 676-3116

Royal Scot Golf, Bowl and Banquet Center Named in Golf Digest's "Places to Play" from 1995-2001. Bar/lounge, banquet facilities, club rental, driving range, restaurant, power carts, pro shop, snack bar and watered fairways. Call ahead for tee times. Also includes 60-lane bowling center.
27-hole course: Inside-Par 36, 3,301 yards; Outside-Par 35, 3,267 yards; North-Par 37, 3,530 yards
4722 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing,
(517) 321-6220, (517) 321-GOLF (4653)

The Emerald Golf Club
The Emerald, "The Gem of Mid-Michigan Golf" is looking forward to serving all of your golfing needs. Located just a short drive north of Lansing. Designed by Jerry Matthews, the course provides quality playing conditions and one of the best values in the area.
18-hole, Par 72, 6,619 yards
2300 W. Maple Rapids Rd., St. Johns,
(989) 224-6287, (800) 924-5993

The Falcon at Hawk Hollow
The Falcon is a nine-hole "links style" walking course with carts available. FootGolf (soccer ball golf) is also available. Contact Wally Dutkowski for details:
9-hole, Par 31, 2,363 yards
555 Quarter Horse Ln., Bath,
(517) 371-3484

Timber Ridge Golf Club
Up-North golf, down home service. Lansing's most enjoyable, beautiful 18-hole championship golf course with grill room, full bar, banquet facilities, club rental, power golf carts, practice facility and golf shop. Recently received a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest. Call ahead for reservations.
18-hole, Par 72, 6,585 yards
16339 Park Lake Rd., East Lansing,
(517) 339-8000

Woodside Golf Course
One of the few 12-hole courses in America, Woodside winds through beautiful hardwoods, with interesting green complexes and a variety of shot-making options. Stay and play packages available. Contact
12-hole, Par 47, Three sets of tees from 4,221-3,672 yards
14400 Wood Rd., Lansing,
(517) 242-8527

What is the hidden gem and/or best value course?
One hidden gem and incredible golf value in the Greater Lansing area is the 18-hole municipal course, Groesbeck. Ranked among the top city-run courses in the entire state this course challenges and entertains golfers of every skill level. Located near downtown Lansing the course offers plenty of parking, a putting green, pro shop and a casual eatery with full bar.

Can you provide our readers with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend?
A long weekend of golf in Greater Lansing is absolutely worth the drive. Not just championship golf courses at competitive prices, but first-rate lodging and dining options that are both numerous and diverse. Start your weekend with Forest Akers, rated by Zagat as two of the top golf courses in America. Play Forest Akers West on Friday (18 holes of championship golf and the home of the Michigan State University golf team) and Forest Akers East on Saturday. Both courses are meticulously kept and present challenging holes winding through scenic old-growth woods and natural areas. Close out the weekend with 18 holes on Sunday at Eagle Eye Golf Club. From the picturesque rolling landscape to the signature island green on 17 the course offers magnificent shot values for a round of golf to remember.

After golf, what are the "must do" things or attractions to see?
No matter how much you love it, golfers cannot live on the game alone! Visitors to the region find other opportunities for fun. From first-class dining to an IMAX movie and beer and burgers you'll find nearly endless options for excitement or relaxation when you're ready to put the clubs away. Power shopping? Check. Diverse, farm-to-table dining? Check. How about planning your golf trip around one of Greater Lansing's amazing seasonal festivals? Or if craft beer, wine and spirits is something you like, then hop aboard Lansing's Makers & Shakers Trail. Find over 14 venues producing the freshest and tastiest potent potables. Add in numerous lodging options and planning a golf getaway to Greater Lansing has never been easier.

Anything else you would like to share about the Greater Lansing?
Lansing is not only the capital of Michigan, it also is home to two of the most state-of-the-art General Motors assembly plants in the country manufacturing the Cadillac CTS, Chevy Camaro, Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse. Add to that, Michigan State University's Big Ten Spartans in neighboring East Lansing and you've got a vibrant, diverse and culturally rich region serving up everything from touring Broadway shows and world-class museums to roller derby, burgers and small town hospitality. With over 150 things to do and only 48 hours in a weekend, the clock is ticking. It's time to book your stay in Greater Lansing now. Find out more at

Where can golfers go for more information to research and plan their trip?
Browse the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau's golf course directory to find out more about golf packages at nearby golf courses.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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