Which course tugs on your heart strings? For me, it's Eagle Crest Golf Club in Michigan
YPSILANTI, Mich. – I’ve stood on the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, Ballybunion and more, feeling tingles of excitement and awe at what lies ahead.
But, to be honest, nothing beats that warm, fuzzy familiar feeling of being home, teeing it up on the course where I learned the game, Eagle Crest Golf Club.
I didn’t grow up with a country club lifestyle. My dad was a pastor; My mother a nurse. Those salaries weren’t exactly ideal to cover the expenses of golf.
I didn’t really touch a club until I began working at Eagle Crest in the mid-1990s while I was in college at Eastern Michigan University (Full disclosure: It was called Huron Golf Club when I started). Those were the days. After scrubbing carts and picking range balls, I would head out on the course, chopping it around. I forged my homemade swing along the shores of Ford Lake and lost myself in this beautiful game.
I played Eagle Crest yesterday for the first time in a couple of years, and my old friend didn’t disappoint. The greens were fast and the par-5 16th hole with a peninsula green jutting into the lake was just as deliciously dangerous as I remember. I think I birdied it for the first time.
Eagle Crest has had its ups and downs over the past two decades, but it appears to be on an upswing. Course management wisely decided to showcase its biggest asset – the lake – by clearing trees along the shore, opening up water views and making the course more playable.
I’ll always cherish the opportunities to play exotic courses around the world for my job. However, I’m sure I share a similar sentiment with golfers everywhere: The home course always tugs at the old heart strings a little harder.
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