GOLF COURSE OF THE WEEK: Lyon Oaks is Natural and Serene in Oakland County

Lyon Oaks Golf Course is an outstanding public golf course located in the southwestern corner of Oakland County, just off I-96 in Wixom. 

Designed by Arthur Hills, Lyon Oaks is a 230-acre championship golf facility, and is part of the Lyon Oaks Oakland County Park. Playing this course just once will have you in awe of the high-quality layout. The property is completely upscale, with an elaborate clubhouse and banquet facilities, a beautifully designed 18-hole course and incredible practice facilities.

The property that Lyon Oaks Golf Course sits on is owned by Oakland County and has more than 1000 acres dedicated to hiking trails, picnic areas, dog runs, and much more. There are no residential developments on the course, making a round of golf very quiet.

The tee boxes and fairways are wonderfully sculpted, with high grass areas perched between the tees and fairways on many holes. The sand in all the bunkers is deep but firm, and the greens are smooth and consistent throughout the course. The rough surrounding the greens is sod-laid, and is very consistent and shot friendly.

Lyon Oaks provides golfers of all skill levels and beautiful and challenging day of golf. The course features five sets of tees for different skill levels. Distances, ratings and slopes at Lyon Oaks Golf Course are:

Tee

Yardage

Rating

Slope

Black

6,837

72.9

143

Blue

6,427

70.8

136

White

6,133

69.5

130

Gold

5,389

66.1

114

Green

4,525

66.4

111

Almost every tee shot at Lyon Oaks provides golfers ample landing space on wide fairways that are exquisitely conditioned. Numerous fairway bunkers are strategically placed throughout the course, and are very much in play. You will find yourself in quite a few of them if you aren’t able to maintain your accuracy off the tee. Lyon Oaks is a course where you can use driver off the tee on most holes, but being accurate with those shots is just as important as the distance.

The opening holes on the course give you a true indication of the type of course that Lyon Oaks is. With no adjacent fairways, Lyon Oaks is a very natural and serene course with few overly intimidating tee shots. The back nine is similar in distance to the front, with only one par four playing over 400 yards from the white tees, and is also very secluded. The tenth hole features a dogleg right, and a nice approach over water. There are some considerable carries off the tee, and several holes also have marsh areas resting between the fairways and greens, creating the need for accurate approaches.  

The eighteenth hole is a mid-length par five with a fairly open tee shot, but is a challenging hole nonetheless. Long hitters may be able to reach the green, or at least carry the marsh, on their second shot; but for those who can’t carry the ball that far, laying up near the 150-yard marker is the best way to go. There is water left, which is easier to negotiate from a shorter distance. It is a challenging and beautiful final hole on a great course. 

In addition to a wonderful golf course, Lyon Oaks is home to a driving range that is perfect to warm up on before your round. It is intricately designed with various bent grass tee stations and target areas that feature greens, hills and rolling mounds. The course also has a large practice green that is also wonderfully conditioned and representative of the types of putting surfaces you will encounter on the course. A full service pro shop and dining area are also offered to visitors. 

Lyon Oaks Golf Course is one of the best public courses in the area in terms of design, conditioning, service and overall facilities. To book your next tee time at this beautiful course, call the Pro Shop at 248-437-1488. 

-  Sal LaFata, Member Services Associate

 

 
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