Shepherd’s Hollow Good Choice for Detroit Golfers

Prolific designer Arthur Hills is at it again with another spectacular course. Shepherd's Hollow, which opened in July 2000, was built on property leased at the Columbier Center, a park-like 420-acre home to the Detroit province of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. The new track is known for its elevation changes, with land shifts on the property as great as 180 feet. The parcel is also thick with spruce, pine, oak, maple and cedar trees.

Shepherd's Hollow is adaptable to a variety of skill levels, stretching a whopping 7,200 yards from the tips and a much more manageable 4,700 yards from the front tees. Four ponds enter play, but the predominant feature is its site.

According to the project's lead developer, Mike Bylen of Rochester, Michigan, “The thing that's important about this course is that it's located on one of the highest points in Oakland County. There are some precipitous slopes, but it's also gently rolling. It is not the kind of severe terrain that can wear you out. And it’s not just up-and-down landscape. There are low areas, there are valley holes and a ridge. Different aspects add up to a nice variety of holes.”

Shepherd's Hollow lies a mere 40 miles north of Detroit near Clarkston. For a tee time, call 248/922-0300.