A Winning Course with Superb Scenery
Nestled among 275 wooded acres and pristine marshland in South Central Michigan, you’ll find the Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, Michigan, a course you’ve probably heard about and have always yearned to play.
We offer you a championship-level course, measuring almost 7,000 yards from the tips, designed by one of the area’s most renowned architects Bill Newcomb back in 1997 and 1998.
General Manager Lowell Weaver notes that as you start your round you can expect an easy introduction to the game. “The first three holes are relatively open; just grip it and rip it,” Weaver says. “They are very good warm up holes”.
The 4th through 13th are tougher with lots of tests around every corner, including carries over marsh and wetlands. Then near the end of your round, starting with the 14th, you’ll find five great finishing holes that allow you to get aggressive and score.
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Some of the fun highlights you will find during your round:
No. 4, a double dogleg par-5 (568 yards from the back tees and 452 yards from the front tees), starts out with a bang, requiring a blind tee shot over a hill. “Your second shot includes a carry over wetlands,” Weaver said. “And then you hit into an undulating green with a bunker front left.”
“No. 7 is our signature hole,” Weaver says. “It’s a par-3 (172 yards from the back and 123 yards from the front), not long, but we call it ‘our little terror.’” The problem on the 7th is that you need to hit your tee shot either on to the green or into a bunker on the right side. The right and left are flanked by wetlands. “If you miss the green or the bunker, you’re in the wetlands,” Weaver says. “And then you have to go to a drop zone.”
"The 9th, he says, is a risky par-5 (565 yards from the back and 419 yards from the front). There’s a small pond on the left side and long hitters might be able to drive over it,” Weaver says. “But if you can’t, you’ll have to lay up short of the water.”
But from about 100 to 60 yards from the green, there’s another pond to carry on the left-hand side about 100 yards from the green. You have a choice of playing safe by laying up requiring 3 shots to the green, or you can be agressive by hitting driver, which brings the ponds into play.
Weaver calls No. 11 the toughest par-4 on the course (426 yards from the back and 277 from the front tees). “From the back you have to carry 215 yards off the tee to get over the wetlands,” he says. “Then you have to take a second shot into a three-tiered green that is about 15 yards wide. If you’re above the pin and you have to putt back to the hole, the green won’t hold your ball. You’re going to roll off. So stay below the pin.”
No. 16 is a fairly short par-4 (350 yards from the back and 301 from the forward tees) with a double fairway. “It’s a risk-reward hole,” Weaver says. “You can take the risk on the left or be safe on the right.”
If you go to the left, it’s a tough tee shot to a very narrow fairway bordered by a natural area on your left. So if you go too far left, you’re going to lose your ball. “But going left, you have a better approach shot and the bunker is not in play in front of the green.” If you take the right fairway it’s a safer tee shot. “But it’s harder to make birdie,” Weaver says, “because you have to carry a huge bunker in front of the green.”
You’ll find a tricky par-3 (176 yards from the back and 91 yards from the forward tees) on No. 17. “You have to get to the green here off the tee,” Weaver says. “The hole plays a club longer than you think because you’re hitting uphill into a shallow green. If you come up short, your ball can bounce back into a swamp. There’s also a very deep bunker in front that is very steep. It’s a tough sand save from there.”
The par-4 18th is a grand finish for this round (403 yards from the back and 316 from the front tees). Off the tee, you’ll have to be careful about the three fairway bunkers on the right-hand side. There is also a natural area to the left. So make sure you hit short of the fairway bunkers. Then you’ll have a long shot into the green bordered by a pond on the left-hand side. It’s a beautiful sight – the pond, the green and the clubhouse in the distance. But stay alert and stay out of trouble.