EAST LANSING – Woodside Golf Course is one of a handful of 12-hole golf courses in the country designed to appeal to those who seek a course that takes less time to play, those beginning the game and those who perhaps seek a less physically demanding experience.
The Hawk Hollow golf property, a sister course to the popular Eagle Eye, Hawk Hollow and Timber Ridge courses in the area, has proven to be the perfect spot for the GAM 14 & Under Match Play Championships for boys and girls.
The fifth edition of the tournament is Tuesday and Wednesday.
Woodside, previously a nine-hole facility, added three holes in 2014 designed by Eagle Eye’s architect Chris Lutzke. It stretches over 146 acres along Wood Road featuring hardwoods that frame generous fairways. The 12 Woodside holes can typically be played in less than 3 hours.
A field of 32 boys and 16 girls will play in the tournament, which combines stroke play and match play. After 12 holes of stroke-play qualifying Monday morning, players will be seeded into match-play flights. Players will play three matches against other players of similar ability levels through Tuesday afternoon.
Lauren Timpf of Macomb, the defending champion among the girls, is returning to the tournament. Will Preston of Grand Rapids, the boys’ champion a year ago, has aged out of the competition.