Golf courses swing into action this week

Local links ready with warm weather in play

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 28, 2016

 Lincoln Hills Golf Course was scheduled to open March 28, after press time. Springdale Golf Course will open in mid-April.

Lincoln Hills Golf Course was scheduled to open March 28, after press time. Springdale Golf Course will open in mid-April.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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BIRMINGHAM — Skiers didn’t get to have much fun this year.

The same lack of snow that put a damper on Michigan’s slopes makes for a great spring on local golf courses. And in Birmingham, golfers are shaking off their cabin fever with some early rounds at Lincoln Hills, which opened earlier this week.

“We didn’t have a winter, so we’re looking really good,” said Birmingham Golf Manager Jacky Brito.

Lincoln Hills Golf Course was scheduled to open March 28, after press time, while Springdale Golf Course is set to open in a couple of weeks. Though golfers haven’t had much of a chance to stretch their legs on the green this season, Brito said she’s been busy getting ready for opening day at both courses, which have been rated as two of the top nine-hole courses in Oakland County.

“We’ve had a couple capital projects this year. We put new sand in the bunkers, and we’re doing a little more in the staging area so we can put more carts out,” she explained. “We’ve got new pads at Springdale for the practice area, and we’re doing the parking lot at Springdale too.”

Birmingham Director of Public Works Lauren Wood said 2015 was a banner year for the self-sustaining municipal golf courses, and she thinks traffic will only improve.

“We had 55,603 total rounds last year. That’s the highest number of rounds for a season since 2008,” Wood said, explaining that most golf courses took a hit during the recession.

Brito attributes the success to hard work at both courses to improve dining options, membership value and special events, like the first-ever Luau Golf Tourney planned for Lincoln Hills this July.

Whatever is bringing golf lovers out, they’re doing it — and for those who hit the courses early this season, there are deals to be had.

“The spring rates are going until April 10. And we’re also open to the public in April, so anyone can come out this month to test us out,” Brito said.

First-time membership for residents costs $15, and $10 to renew. Nonresidents can purchase an individual pass for $150, a dual pass for $200, a family pass for $250 and unlimited golf passes starting at $600. Carts cost an additional fee.

“The momentum has been great the past couple of years, and we’d love to have more people come join us to play, come out to eat, to shop — there’s all of those opportunities at the courses,” said Wood.

Lincoln Hills Golf Course is located at 2666 W. 14 Mile Road in Birmingham. Springdale Golf Course is located at 316 Strathmore Road in Birmingham. For more information, visit www.golfbirmingham.org.

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