Great Places to Play Golf
What It Is
Located less than a mile from the University of Michigan’s central campus, the University Golf Course offers challenging fairways and greens, stately trees–all within view of the University's main campus and just steps away from the Big House.
The course was designed by prominent British architect Alister MacKenzie. MacKenzie is best known for the design of Augusta National, home of the Master’s and Cypress Point, which is ranked among the top 100 courses in the world. University Golf Course opened in 1931, making it one of just four courses located on a college campus at that time. It is currently ranked among the top 25 “Best in State” courses by Golf Weekly and seventh by Links Magazine “Top 25 College Golf Courses.”
“Fielding Yost’s mission to provide athletics for all is why we were able to get this golf course,” says course General Manager Chantel Jackson. Yost, a former U-M football coach and athletic director, had a vision to create an athletic program that would touch students for many generations. This vision not only led to the creation of the university’s golf course under Yost’s direction, but other notable campus landmarks such as Michigan Stadium and Yost Field House, which is known today as Yost Arena.
Renovations done in the early 1990s by U-M alumnus and world-renowned golf course architect, Arthur Hills, helped to return it to MacKenzie’s original design after some gradual changes had taken place over the years, resulting in a change to the course’s layout. Renovations were also made to the clubhouse, now allowing it to seat up to 150 people comfortably and making it an ideal venue to host events.
Why You Should Know
While University Golf Course is home to U-M’s men’s and women’s varsity golf teams, many don’t know that it is also open to university staff, faculty, students and alumni. Additionally, each of these eligible U-M golfers are allowed to bring up to three guests with them to play the course and spouses of employees with no affiliation to the university can play using their spouse’s MCard.
In addition to University Golf Course, U-M is the home of Radrick Farms Golf Course. “What’s unique about Michigan is the fact that we have two [golf courses]. One by one of the most prominent architects in the classic years, Dr. MacKenzie and the other by one of the most prominent of the modern architects, Pete Dye. For us to be able to offer two courses that are both constantly rated in the top of the state is very rare and unique,” says Jackson. Although Radrik Farms is not open to students, memberships are available for faculty and staff and for university graduates. The current wait for a season pass is approximately 2 to 3 years for faculty and staff, and 5 to 8 years for alumni.
Aside from being an excellent place to enjoy a game of golf, host a fundraising outing or a clubhouse event, University Golf Course, which is walking distance from many campus offices, also offers a picturesque view to take in while enjoying sandwiches made fresh daily and other lunch options from the course’s concession stand.