An independent, unbiased review of Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club in Oakland County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: 9085 Big Lake Rd., Clarkston, MI 48346

Holes 1-9: Par 36

Holes 10-18: Par 36

Holes 19-27: Par 36

Yardage Holes 1-9: Green tees – 2,442; White tees – 3,004; Blue tees – 3,234; Gold tees – 3,398; Black tees – 3,585
Yardage Holes 10-18: Green tees – 2,464; White tees – 3,064; Blue tees – 3,284; Gold tees – 3,406; Black tees – 3,651
Yardage Holes 19-27: Green tees – 2,518; White tees – 3,052; Blue tees – 3,232; Gold tees – 3,422; Black tees – 3,584
Stimpmeter: 11

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 7.47

The first time you arrive at Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, you are greeted with the large and striking clubhouse. There is a full pro shop with a good apparel selection and a limited selection of equipment. Bag drop is manned, and the service is very good for this golf course. The dining experiences are above average for a clubhouse and there is a full bar and beverages. There is a range and putting greens available for use. Parking is good with the carts and cart paths in very good condition. Staff at Shepherd’s Hollow is friendly and accommodating. Even more impressive and next to the clubhouse is the building used for a wedding venue or an elegant celebration. This special event center has gorgeous glass walls and is perfect for that special fairy-tale ceremony or reception.

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Holes 1-9

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 7.67

Green: 319 yds
White: 378 yds
Blue: 411 yds
Gold: 460 yds
Black: 482 yds

Begin your round on large and level tee boxes that are tiered with multiple elevations. The rolling fairway runs downhill and doglegs right with long rough to contend with. The real sand bunkers and fringe around the green are well maintained. The green itself is receptive and rolling, large in size and fast in speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 3 – Rating 8.00

Green: 127 yds
White: 158 yds
Blue: 169 yds
Gold: 172 yds
Black: 188 yds

Your first par 3 has medium sized, level tees and plays downhill. A large real sand bunker guards the front of the green and there is also long rough. A maintained fringe surrounds this large green. It is rolling, receptive, sloped back to front, and putts at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 234 yds
White: 291 yds
Blue: 308 yds
Gold: 334 yds
Black: 345 yds

Begin your next hole from multi-tiered, large, and level tees. The fairway is rolling with long rough that doglegs slightly right. The greenside and fairway bunkers are real sand and in great shape. This small green has a maintained fringe, and the surface is rolling, receptive, and runs at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Green: 427 yds
White: 505 yds
Blue: 536 yds
Gold: 547 yds
Black: 567 yds

Medium sized, level tees start your first par 5. There is a rolling fairway with long rough and real sand fairway bunkers to avoid. There are also real sand bunkers at the green and a maintained fringe. The green is both medium in size and speed, with a receptive feel and a very sloped, rolling surface.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 272 yds
White: 352 yds
Blue: 383 yds
Gold: 392 yds
Black: 417 yds

Hole 5 starts with medium sized, level and tiered tees. The rolling fairway runs downhill and there is long rough edging it. Note real sand bunkers are real sand and a maintained fringe. This large green has some big slopes and a receptive, rolling look to it. It putts at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 274 yds
White: 397 yds
Blue: 425 yds
Gold: 432 yds
Black: 469 yds

Tiered, level and medium sized tee boxes point your tee shots to the rolling, dogleg right fairway where placement is more important than distance. The rough is long and the bunkers are real sand. The medium sized green has a maintained fringe and a fast putting, receptive, rolling surface.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Green: 361 yds
White: 437 yds
Blue: 471 yds
Gold: 491 yds
Black: 498 yds

Start the 2nd par 5 from medium-sized, level tiered tees. Though shorter, this hole needs strategy to score. The fairway is rolling with a right dogleg early. The long rough sides the fairway and the bunkers are all real sand and well maintained. The medium-sized green is surrounded by a maintained fringe. It is rolling, receptive, and runs at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 3 – Rating 8.00

Green: 109 yds
White: 162 yds
Blue: 180 yds
Gold: 188 yds
Black: 209 yds

Multi-tiered, level, and large tee blocks aim you to the green on this 2nd par 3 on the first nine. It plays downhill and is guarded by long rough and real sand bunkers. The fringe is well-maintained. The green is large and receptive for your tee shots, and the surface is rolling, putting at a fast speed. 

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4 – Rating 7.67

Green: 319 yds
White: 324 yds
Blue: 351 yds
Gold: 382 yds
Black: 410 yds

Your final hole on the first nine has medium sized, tiered, and level tees. The fairway is rolling with long rough and a slight dogleg left. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. Finish putting out on this large and fast green with a rolling and receptive feel.

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 7.93

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Holes 10-18

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 325 yds
White: 390 yds
Blue: 410 yds
Gold: 419 yds
Black: 456 yds

Tiered, level and medium sized tees start the second nine. The fairway is rolling with a fade left and long rough. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This tiered green is fast in speed and large in size. The putting surface is receptive and quite rolling.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 4 – Rating 7.67

Green: 293 yds
White: 411 yds
Blue: 453 yds
Gold: 460 yds
Black: 483 yds

The tee blocks here are level and medium in size. This rolling fairway doglegs right and has medium length rough siding it. There are real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. The green is not just big, it’s enormous. So, putting is a challenge due to size, the fast speed, and the rolling, tiered surface. It is very receptive to iron shots to the green. 

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 3 – Rating 8.00

Green: 127 yds
White: 179 yds
Blue: 189 yds
Gold: 200 yds
Black: 226 yds

The first par 3 on the second nine is all downhill from multiple, level, medium sized tee blocks. It is guarded by long rough and real sand bunkers. The fringe around the medium size green is maintained and the overall surface of the green is receptive, rolling, and putts at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 5 – Rating 8.29

Green: 472 yds
White: 495 yds
Blue: 501 yds
Gold: 538 yds
Black: 565 yds

Tee off over a water hazard from large, level, and tiered tee boxes on the first par 5 of the second nine. The fairway is rolling and runs uphill with a slight dogleg left and long rough to stay between. All bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This receptive and rolling green is medium in size and quite fast in speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 250 yds
White: 298 yds
Blue: 318 yds
Gold: 329 yds
Black: 375 yds

This par 4 begins on medium size tees that are elevated, tiered and level. The rolling fairway has long rough siding it and runs uphill to the large green. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. The green itself is receptive, rolling, and putts at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 4 – Rating 8.29

Green: 211 yds
White: 293 yds
Blue: 314 yds
Gold: 322 yds
Black: 354 yds

Hole 15 is a shorter par 4 but that doesn’t mean easy. Placement is everything from the tee blocks which are level and medium in size. The fairway is rolling and doglegs sharply right. There is long rough, real sand bunkers, and a maintained fringe around the green. The green is large, very receptive, and rolling. It runs at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 280 yds
White: 369 yds
Blue: 411 yds
Gold: 422 yds
Black: 449 yds

Level and medium size tees point you down a fairway that crests early then runs downhill. The fairway is rolling and has long rough edging it. Avoid the real sand bunkers as you approach the green. The fringe around this large green is maintained and the surface is fast in speed with many undulations and a receptive feel.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 3 – Rating 8.00

Green: 84 yds
White: 118 yds
Blue: 149 yds
Gold: 157 yds
Black: 179 yds

Your last par 3 on holes 10-18 comes at hole 17 with large, tiered and level tee boxes. It plays all downhill with a green that is guarded by a water hazard short and left, along with long rough and real sand bunkers. The green is receptive, rolling, and tiered. It is large in size and fast in speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Green: 422 yds
White: 511 yds
Blue: 539 yds
Gold: 559 yds
Black: 564 yds

Your final hole on this nine is a long and impressive par 5 starting from large and level tees. The fairway rises uphill on your tee shot, levels, then goes back down hill to the green in a very rolling manner. Note the rough is long, the bunkers are real sand, and the water hazard is short and right, so stay left if you can. A maintained fringe surrounds this large, rolling, and receptive green that runs at a fast speed.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 8.03

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Holes 19-27

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 19

Hole 19 – Par 4 – Rating 8.66

Green: 383 yds
White: 401 yds
Blue: 442 yds
Gold: 471 yds
Black: 493 yds

From the level, medium size tees, this hole seems monstrous. It’s definitely a shot maker’s type of hole being long and requiring placement off the tee. The fairway is rolling, crests, then runs downhill after doglegging right. The rough is medium length and the many bunkers are all real sand. The fringe is maintained around the large, fast putting green that has a receptive and rolling surface. 

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 20

Hole 20 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Green: 474 yds
White: 517 yds
Blue: 559 yds
Gold: 570 yds
Black: 599 yds

Level, medium size tees start this first par 5 on the final nine. The hole is visually appealing as well as a bit intimidating. The fairway is rolling and runs downhill with medium length rough and has areas where it narrows. There is a steep cart path here so care with the cart is recommended. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This green is large, medium in speed as well as rolling and receptive. 

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 21

Hole 21 – Par 3 – Rating 7.60

Green: 98 yds
White: 130 yds
Blue: 142 yds
Gold: 154 yds
Black: 182 yds

This first par 3 on this side is challenging with medium size, level tees and an elevated medium size green. The green is guarded by real sand bunkers and medium rough. The green itself is tiered, rolling and receptive (if you hit it) and it putts at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 22

Hole 22 – Par 4 – Rating 7.86

Green: 230 yds
White: 344 yds
Blue: 350 yds
Gold: 365 yds
Black: 370 yds

Tee off from medium size, level tees uphill to the rolling fairway that is sided with medium length rough. This fairway also doglegs right as you crest the hill. There are real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. The green is tiered, rolling, and receptive. It is medium in size and definitely a speed anomaly as it runs at a slower speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 23

Hole 23 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 218 yds
White: 269 yds
Blue: 274 yds
Gold: 298 yds
Black: 301 yds

Level and medium size tee boxes start this shorter par 4. However, the rolling fairway, multiple real sand bunkers, and medium rough can present much trouble. It plays uphill to a small green with a maintained fringe. The surface is receptive, rolling, and tiered and it putts at a medium speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 24

Hole 24 – Par 3 – Rating 7.60

Green: 114 yds
White: 179 yds
Blue: 188 yds
Gold: 199 yds
Black: 228 yds

This last par 3 is odd visually with everything seemingly leaning left. Hit your tee shot from level, medium size tees all uphill to the large receptive green. There are real sand bunkers and medium rough guarding the green. The fringe is maintained, and the rolling surface runs at a fast speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 25

Hole 25 – Par 5 – Rating 7.66

Green: 410 yds
White: 469 yds
Blue: 495 yds
Gold: 531 yds
Black: 553 yds

The final par 5 has large and level tee blocks that point you down the rolling fairway that doglegs slightly right and has medium length rough. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is well-maintained. The green is large, fast putting, and tiered along with being rolling and receptive. Visually, it’s a very nice hole.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 26

Hole 26 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Green: 278 yds
White: 358 yds
Blue: 367 yds
Gold: 390 yds
Black: 397 yds

Welcome to another hole all about placement off the tees, which are level and large. The rolling fairway rises slightly before running downhill to the green and is separated with medium rough in one area, so avoid that if you can. A beautiful water hazard is in play left and short of the green. Real sand bunkers also present a problem. The fringe is maintained around the medium size green that is rolling, receptive and runs at a medium speed.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club Hole 27

Hole 27 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Green: 313 yds
White: 385 yds
Blue: 415 yds
Gold: 444 yds
Black: 461 yds

The final hole (27) is a challenging par 4 from large and level tees. The fairway is rolling and runs slightly uphill with medium length rough on the sides. The bunkers are real sand and while the fringe is maintained, it had a few rough areas they are trying to grow in. The green is large and very rolling but did also have a dead spot they are working on, which may be back in shape this season. The green putts at a medium speed.

Average Rating Holes 19-27: 7.82

Overall Course Rating: 7.93

SUMMARY:

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club is a 27-hole course that is considered one of the finest in southeast Michigan. The course, especially holes 19-27 give you a true northern Michigan feel. There are many areas of woods with a variety of forest including pine trees. There are many elevation changes to make the course visually stunning as well as a true test of golf. All in all, Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club provides a quality experience with great staff, excellent amenities, and a great course to challenge the best golfers. We consider this a highly recommended play. See our video of Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club.

The tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, fringes and greens rate a high and consistent. 8.00.

Pricing: Refer to www.shepherdshollow.com or call (248) 922-0300 for tee times and pricing

Value Rating: +2.81

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