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  1. Count me among the people who think that the Loop is vastly overrated. I found that several green complexes don't really work that well from both directions. I recall one particular hole, where I had 50 yards in from the center of the fairway, and I made 6 without hitting a shot that I would consider to be a bad one. And I find that for a resort course where most people are never going to play it enough to really get to know the course well enough to understand how the ball will react when it hits the ground, there is too much local knowledge needed to hit it in places where the ball will get
  2. They're fine, but I don't consider any of the GT courses to be all that fantastic. The Bear has a reputation for being tough -- it's not that difficult off the tee, but it's really a second shot golf course, and you need to be pretty precise with your irons to score well. The greens have a lot of fall-offs if you miss, and it's tough to get up & down if you miss in the wrong place. The Wolverine is a much friendlier resort layout -- wide fairways, and a lot of help from contours that funnel off-target shots into spots that aren't as bad as they could be.
  3. I think you may be thinking of Timber Trace. Huntmore has been in good shape when I've played it as recently as last year.
  4. Where exactly are you coming from? Those two courses are in pretty different areas -- if you're actually coming from the city of Detroit, then I understand the logistics. I'd recommend Coyote Preserve instead of Huntmore, though I do like Huntmore pretty well. Coyote Preserve is a little farther north, right off of US-23 and I think it's a little better course.
  5. Hence the reason that I live 15 min from Fox Hills (and had my wedding reception there, and played on the Publinx team there for a few years before we moved to Washtenaw), and have never used the private short game area.
  6. There's also a $349/year membership fee to use their short game area. Or $245 if you spring for the $595/year range membership. There's also apparently a daily fee option, but I don't know what they charge for that.
  7. Thinking about it a little more, I already have an Arccos, so using the LM on the course would be pretty redundant. For my needs, I don't really think a LM is something that really makes sense. Appreciate the responses!
  8. These adjustments are kind of what I'm talking about -- I think there's an element of doubt that creeps in whenever you're relying an an algorithm to convert yardages. This isn't a problem just with these lower-end models, it would be the same for a Trackman, unless you're somewhere where you can hit the same balls that you play with. I do play a lot of rounds alone in the mornings, so if any of these PLMs are easy and quick to use on the course, I could see that providing some value, but I'm not sure if any of them are that simple and quick to set up for a single shot so that it wouldn't take
  9. I've been thinking about getting a PLM, too, considering the Rapsodo and Mevo, but the thing I keep going back to is that I'd primarily be using it at the range, and I don't know what useful info I'd really be able to get by getting launch data with range balls. I feel like there would always be some kind of conversion I'd need to do to any numbers I see, so it wouldn't really help to dial in distances all that much. Does anyone who has been using a PLM for a while have any thoughts about whether that's a valid concern, or how you handle the difference between range balls and what you play on
  10. If money is no object, Meadowbrook is definitely the top option. The course is head & shoulders better than Walnut Creek. Another one you might consider is Oak Pointe in Brighton, though that may be a little farther than you want to go. Lakelands is another option in Brighton -- it's a little short and quirky, but it's a fun course, and they have a pretty nice practice facility, and as I understand it, it's more budget-friendly than the others. For practice facilities, Lyon Oaks has a pretty good one -- range, practice bunker next to the range, big practice green, . Moose Ridge
  11. I got to play my first round back home in Michigan, and while my numbers weren't quite as impressive as some of the ones in Texas with the firm turf and sometimes helping wind, I'm still seeing pretty positive results. I'm hitting it solidly most of the time (no less frequently than with a shorter driver), and when I played yesterday, I hit 9/12 fairways with it on a course where I normally hit about half of them. The miss seems to be a hard hook, and I'm finding that I really need to concentrate on loading up my weight on my right leg on the backswing so I make sure I'm coming into the ball w
  12. I asked someone I know who retired up in Gaylord about this recently, and he said that last year it really seemed like conditions were improving at the Tribute, so hopefully that's continuing. I really love the layout, and it's a shame that it had fallen into such disrepair, so hopefully it's on its way back to being one of the best courses up there.
  13. Ah, I had Oakland Hills on the brain...
  14. Top 10 Public: 1. Forest Dunes 2. Arcadia Bluffs 3. UofM GC 4. Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry) 5. Michaywe Pines 6. Lochenheath 7. Boyne Highlands - Heather 8. Hawk's Eye 9. Eagle Eye 10. Stonehedge South There's a bunch I haven't played, like Greywalls, Arcadia South, Harbor Shores, etc. so this is a pretty incomplete list.
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