By Tom Lang
Quite simply, the Majestic is aptly named.
The course sits on an incredible piece of property in an unusual area – right along the U.S. 23 Highway in Hartland on the corridor between Brighton and Flint. It provides an ‘Up North’ Michigan experience yet is less than a one hour from downtown Detroit.
The Majestic was recently named the 2017 Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA), making it eligible for the National Golf Course of the Year award.
“This is the perfect piece of property for a golf course,” operating partner Bill Fountain said. “Once you are out there on the course you rarely see another golfer. The course is laid out the way it was shaped by the glaciers long ago.”
The Majestic, which wraps around the spring-fed Lake Walden, is comprised of 27 holes. Holes 2-through-14 continuously wind throughout woods and up and down the rolling terrain, truly giving the layout a majestic feel. Many holes of the third 9 have the same appeal.
The course was designed by the acclaimed Jerry Matthews and opened to the public in 1994. The 1,400-acre property has wonderful views and abundant wildlife found among the attractive hardwoods and meadows surrounding Lake Walden. A pleasant hiking and biking trail runs throughout the area as well.
My assessment includes the recognition that there is a nice selection of bunkers for challenge and strategy, but they are not overdone. No. 6 is on the list of favorite holes as an uphill shorter par 4 in which the green complex is a huge bowl shape with relatively steep sides. If the rough is cut short an errant approach shot could roll back down onto the green and allow a birdie try – but if the rough is long and the ball sticks, good luck chipping it out downhill and getting the ball to settle near the hole. Standing on the top of the bowl behind the green and looking back provides a wonderful, elevated view of the overall property. The same can be said for the 14th tee box.
While the golf course is fun, inviting, affordable and peaceful, the Majestic was chosen as 2017 Golf Course of the Year for a variety of reasons, including standards set by the MGCA: an ongoing demonstration of course quality, excellent ownership and management, plus outstanding contributions to the community and to the game of golf.
“The Majestic has a rich tradition of providing golfers with excellent conditions and outstanding service in a beautiful environment,” said Kate Moore, executive director of the MGCA. “The golf experience at the Majestic is exceptional and being recognized as the 2017 Golf Course of the Year is well-deserved.”
Some examples of the Majestic’s community support are unique fund raisers like dropping golf balls from a helicopter with closest to the pin winning a prize, to paying for your round of golf with a donated turkey before Thanksgiving. Local Junior leagues and high school teams utilize the Majestic as well, and many of the same youth get their first job at the golf course.
“In a state that is full of great golf facilities, to be recognized by our golf course owner’s association is very humbling and an honor,” Fountain said. “This recognition is a tribute to our wonderful staff which has taken great pride in the vision we have to make the Majestic not only a top golf experience and but a place where people are proud to work as well as play.”
More info: www.majesticgolf.com