Rackham Golf Course

10100 W. Ten Mile Road
Huntington Woods, MI 48070
(248) 543-4040
Pricing: $25 - $50
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Rating: 3.1

Pace of Play

2

Greens

3

Service

3

Value

3

Design/Layout

3

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This Donald Ross design dates back to 1923. The land was donated to Detroit by Horace Rackham, one of the original Ford Motor Company shareholders. Owned by the City of Detroit but operated by Vargo Golf Company (replaced American Golf in 2011), the course exhibits many features common to Ross courses. Lots of bunkers, small undulating greens and generous driving areas. At 6,555 yards (70.8/118 rating), the big dog does not have to bark much, but you better have your iron and sand game in shape. While owned by Detroit, the course is actually located in Huntington Woods and access is from I-696 which borders the southern edge of the layout.



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Posted by: mutiger97

Jun 11th, 2011

The course offers a good mix of short, par-4 scoring holes with long par 4s that will test the low handicapper. There are four par 4s that are less than 350 yards. All four are simple driver/pitching wedge holes for most golfers. And depending on the tee you're playing, the par 4 17th is drivable at 299 yards from the white tee. The second hole is a slight dogleg right par 4 that measures 326 yards from the back tees. It follows an easy par 5 to start the round, so the design allows for a good start. The front nine is short (3,196 yards from back tees) and includes the 420-yard par 4 ninth. The ninth hole usually plays into the wind and begins a gruesome stretch of par 4s that includes the 451-yard 10th and 424-yard 11th. All three holes are straightforward and don't feature much trouble until you get to the green. But the ninth and 11th are normally playing into the wind. The back nine is nearly 200 yards longer, and features two par 3s that are 213 and 220 yards. You can score on the front,but if you don't have the length, the back can be tough. The contrast between short scoring holes and a few long par 4s makes Rackham an interesting test of golf. Another test was the length of the rough, seemingly swallowing the ball whole in spots. On three occasions, it took everything just to advance the ball 100 yards down the fairway from the rough. Around the green, it was nearly impossible to get clean contact if the ball caught in the second cut of rough. Like any Ross design, the greens are contoured and feature steep drop-offs around the edges. Most of the greens are guarded with bunkers, and Rackham features 33 green-side bunkers. Rackham isn't the type of course that will wow you. It's not overly scenic and it's fairly open. But it's a fun course for the amateur golfer, with a lot of variety and some potential to get into a lot of shot situations.

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