The 18-hole Championship Course was designed by Michigan’s premier Architect, Bruce Matthews III. The 6802 yards, par 71 course is rated at 73.4/132. It was planned, designed and built to USGA specifications, with the goal of operating it as one of the best golf courses in the Southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario region. Architect Matthews designed four individual courses within one tract, to provide a superior golfing experience for every skill level, from beginner to professional. Juniors, women, seniors and scratch golfers all have a top-level course to test and enjoy.
Opened for play in 2003, the Championship 18 combines two different golf course styles into one, according to Matthews. Both nines start and end in the midst of beech, oak, and maple trees common to North American parkland-style golf. The middle holes of each nine traverse rolling fairways interspersed with bunkers and flanked by long grasses and water… a fitting homage to the links style of Scotland’s golf. The course is a pleasure to walk, with picturesque fairways, impeccable greens naturally preserved woodlots and wetlands, and of course, the seven lakes. Players enjoy a comfortable 4h-20m pace of play.
From the very beginning, the restoration/creation of natural environment was a very important part of the entire project. Much research and commitment went into the design of the overall site and integration of a sustainable environment alongside the playing area of the golf course and the adjacent housing. A very significant and satisfying achievement, in 2006 Seven Lakes was Certified in Environmental Planning by Audubon International; we still work every day to earn this certification, to continue the enhancement and protection of our natural environment for all to enjoy.
Then there is the Old Course: originally built in 1970 by Robert Williamson, these 9-holes have been totally redesigned and reconstructed to match the quality, look, and feel of the new championship course. Winding around a large lake, with an island green and seven holes where water is in play, it features undulating greens, oak and sycamore trees and good walkability. Accuracy is a must; it will challenge and fine tune the game of players of all ages and skill levels.