Public Clubs Exceed Expectations
Whether golfers seek location or serenity, Royal Scot and Timber Ridge have been area favorites for years, offering amenities and challenges that keep golfers coming back season after season.
Royal Scot of Lansing
Since 1958, area golfers have been enjoying and playing Royal Scot. Providing local golf enthusiasts a challenging and well-maintained course has been its mainstay, along with the option to play 27 holes versus the typical 18. With only a handful of other courses offering 27 holes of play, Royal Scot stands out in the minds of many as a true day of play on lush, manicured greens.
Dave Greeley, operations manager of Royal Scot, knows what his members and patrons expect of his course, and he is meticulous about providing them the finest conditions and amenities possible.
“Conditions of the course are imperative to a club’s success,” Dave emphasizes. “And that is why we strive to maintain perfect conditions not only on the tees and greens, but the fairways and the hazards, too. It is also very important to us to provide a welcoming and relaxing environment, and that is why we surround our players with a knowledgeable and friendly staff.”
With over 6,800 yards of regular 18-hole play, avid and recreational golfers are provided a challenging course that plays up to an enthusiast’s level, while easing the seasonal golfer into a relaxed and enjoyable round of golf.
“There is something here for everyone,” Dave shares enthusiastically. “We offer two full-size putting greens; a driving range; a full-service sports lounge; on-course beverage and snack services; and a pro shop with the latest golf styles, trends and equipment. We also continue to offer private and group lessons with our veteran teaching professional, Sheila Keifer, or with our PGA Golf Professional, Tom Stuewe.”
It’s no wonder that Royal Scot hosts over 45 seasonal leagues ranging from individual company teams to open leagues, including an every other Friday night couple’s league. And because the course offers 27 holes, there’s always time to accommodate the needs of its members and the general public. The club offers several options, including spring rates, regular season memberships and after-five fees, which include incentives for family play. New to Royal Scot this summer is the junior golf program, First Tee, which is a nationally recognized program designed to teach young golfers the basics of the game.
“The First Tee program is a great addition to the club,” Dave explains. “Young golfers will have the opportunity to work with our professional staff to learn valuable skills and etiquette regarding the game. It is a great addition to our club and we are very pleased to be able to offer the program to young golfers,” Dave finishes.
Bringing the community together through league or individual play, charity events and family time have always been goals of Royal Scot. In combination with the bowling center activities and banquet rooms, Royal Scot continues to be an area favorite to host a company-sponsored outing, weddings, family fun or a relaxing round of golf.
Timber Ridge Golf Club
Hidden treasures are one of life’s greatest finds, and Timber Ridge Golf Club is no exception. Nestled in an old pine tree farm from the 1940s, Timber Ridge offers one of the area’s most challenging natural courses amidst hilly terrain, natural marshlands and an array of beautiful trees. Whether golfers seek serenity or a sound challenge, the course is designed to accentuate both.
With over 6,000 yards of play, the course offers a plethora of natural and strategic challenges that are defined along each expertly maintained tee, fairway and green, one of the course’s most consistent draws. Quinn Smith, chief navigator for Q North Golf Management, has been professionally managing the area jewel since 2004 and knows how important the conditions of the course are.
“This area offers many public courses,” Quinn explains, “and that is why it is so important to exceed the level of expectation not only with course conditions, but also with customer service and amenities. Notably, we have recently cleared much of the underbrush for easier play along the tree-lined holes.”
Offering 18 holes of play amidst a breathtaking and peaceful setting, the course challenges golfers of all levels to play its groomed fairways and to tee off from Clinton County’s highest elevation point.
“It’s a great natural drop that is reminiscent of northern Michigan,” Quinn shares. “Players of all levels enjoy the challenge and the view.”
Along with its picturesque setting, Timber Ridge also strives to provide its members and enthusiastic golfers with top-notch amenities. Players will find a fully stocked pro shop, grass and mat driving ranges, a practice putting green, on-course beverage services, a relaxing bar and grill with outside seating and uniquely, golf carts with state-of-the-art GPS systems for play convenience. And of course, full-time golf pro Wes Koons is available for private or group lessons.
“Currently, we are hosting 12 area leagues Monday through Thursday,” Koons says. “We are able to accommodate more and look forward to increasing weekday league play. Of course, we will work to ensure that there are tee times available to our current members and regular players,” Koons assures. “But we enjoy the community involvement and welcome league play. We continue to be a large supporter of charity and fundraising events and encourage those with interest in promoting their cause to contact our full-time outing coordinator.”
Timber Ridge proudly offers an array of membership specials to include individual, corporate, couple and senior/junior along with its unique Q-Club Michigan program which offers a variety of discounts and promotions at select Michigan golf courses.
“We want our patrons to remember an exceptional golf experience each and every visit,” Quinn emphasizes, “whether they come once a year or once a week. Ultimately, the goal is to simply make it memorable and enjoyable.”
Royal Scot Golf and Bowl
Dave Greeley, Golf Director
Tom Stuewe. PGA Golf Professional
4722 W. Grand River Ave.
Timber Ridge Golf Club
Quinn Smith, Q North Golf Management
Wes Koons, Operations Manager and PGA Golf Professional
16339 Park Lake Road