An unbiased review of Willow Wood Golf Club in Ionia County, Michigan, by an average golfer using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses will be considered for review.

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12227 Sandborn Road, Portland, MI 48875

Front 9: Par 35

Back 9: Par 36

Overall Course (all 18): Par 71

Yardage:  Red tees – 4,737; Gold tees: – 4,737; White tees – 5,547; Blue tees – 6,138
Stimpmeter:  10.2

Clubhouse at Willow Wood Golf Club

Clubhouse and Amenities -Rating 4.80

Not far from downtown Portland, Willow Wood Golf Club offers generous and convenient parking, complemented by a self-serve bag drop for added convenience. The service is consistently reliable, and while the golf carts are in good condition, the cart paths require improvement. The clubhouse is aesthetically pleasing, with a banquet room and the amenities provided are satisfactory. The equipment and apparel offerings are limited but come with average pricing. Moreover, the food and drink selection, along with their pricing, falls within the average range. Guests can enjoy a full bar with a variety of options.

Willow Wood Golf Club Front Nine

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 5.14

Red: 251 yds
Gold: 251 yds
White: 329 yds
Blue: 335 yds

Hole 1 starts your round with a par 4, level tees and a decision. A rolling fairway with long rough and a creek cross right at driving distance. Hole has dirt bunkers and a maintained fringe. Green is a medium sized, fairly fast green with undulation.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 5 – Rating 6.00

Red: 382 yds
Gold: 382 yds
White: 455 yds
Blue: 526 yds

This par 5 begins with a level tee block and points down a rolling fairway, danger left. Very slight dogleg left so right side is best. Hole features long rough, real sand bunkers, and maintained fringe. Very receptive, rolling green is medium sized and runs at a medium speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 3 – Rating 4.80

Red: 102 yds
Gold: 102 yds
White: 120 yds
Blue: 133 yds

Level tees on this par 3 which is the shortest hole on the course. Do not go long or left. Note long rough, maintained fringe, and real sand bunkers. A receptive, rolling, and deep green is tiered, medium size and medium speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 4 – Rating 6.34

Red: 261 yds
Gold: 261 yds
White: 291 yds
Blue: 328 yds

Short par 4 starts on level tees. Placement crucial off the tee on this blind dogleg left. This hole includes a flat fairway, long rough, real sand bunkers and maintained fringe. Expect a medium sized and speed on this rolling, receptive green.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 263 yds
Gold: 263 yds
White: 290 yds
Blue: 338 yds

Another short par 4 with a rolling, uphill fairway that doglegs severely right. Placement off tee is important. 2nd shot can go over waste area and bunker. Look for long rough, real sand bunkers, and maintained fringe. Green is medium size and speed, very rolling and receptive.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 4 – Rating 5.72

Red: 224 yds
Gold: 224 yds
White: 299 yds
Blue: 305 yds

3rd short par 4 in a row but challenging Risk – Reward hole. This is drivable with water hazards to the left and bunkering right. Features a downhill fairway from elevated tees, real sand bunkers and maintained fringe. A large green runs at a faster pace, sloped back to front, very receptive and undulating.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 4 – Rating 6.66

Red: 337 yds
Gold: 337 yds
White: 386 yds
Blue: 423 yds

One of the longer par 4’s is a slight dogleg left that most cut the corner on due to nothing in the way. Fairway is flat with long rough. Hole has real sand bunkers and maintained fringe. A receptive, rolling green is medium in size but faster in speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 3 – Rating 6.00

Red: 107 yds
Gold: 107 yds
White: 132 yds
Blue: 151 yds

Level tees start you on this normal par 3. Small creek crosses well ahead of the green. Hole has a long rough, real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. The green is large, tiered and rolling. Green is receptive with a faster speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 340 yds
Gold: 340 yds
White: 379 yds
Blue: 424 yds

This finishing par 4 that plays much longer than it is. Bomb a drive over the creek or lay-up. Hole has a rolling fairway then goes uphill the rest of the way to the green. Look for a long rough, real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. A very large undulating green runs at a fast speed. Tough hole.

Average rating for holes 1-9: 5.86

Willow Wood Golf Club Back Nine

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 3 – Rating 7.60

Red: 128 yds
Gold: 128 yds
White: 152 yds
Blue: 170 yds

Large level tee opens the back 9 with a par 3, all-carry, over water which is an appealing attraction. This hole can require some quality shot-making. Note no bunkers, long rough and a maintained fringe. Green is very receptive and runs at a medium speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 4 – Rating 7.34

Red: 285 yds
Gold: 285 yds
White: 331 yds
Blue: 365 yds

Par 4 is sloped uphill almost the entire way. This if followed by a rolling fairway with long rough, real sand bunkers and maintained fringe. Hole ends with a large and receptive green.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 5 – Rating 7.00

Red: 383 yds
Gold: 383 yds
White: 451 yds
Blue: 478 yds

Hole 12 is a long straight par 5. Bomb away. Golf through a flat fairway with long rough, real sand bunkers and maintained fringe. The green is quite large and very rolling, receptive running at a fast speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 4 – Rating 6.66

Red: 301 yds
Gold: 301 yds
White: 349 yds
Blue: 382 yds

Hole 13 starts with level tees on this straight away par 4. Following is a flat fairway with long rough, trouble far right. Real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe are before a large, rolling, receptive green that runs at a faster speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 4 – Rating 6.66

Red: 366 yds
Gold: 366 yds
White: 419 yds
Blue: 432 yds

Hole 14 is a long dogleg right par 4. Must get tee shot to the corner which can take exceptional length from the back tees. Golf a flat fairway with long rough, real sand bunkers, maintained fringe and large, receptive, and rolling green with fast speed. This is one of the hardest holes on the course.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 4 – Rating 6.34

Red: 226 yds
Gold: 226 yds
White: 284 yds `
Blue: 352 yds

On this short par 4 dogleg right, a driver is not needed unless you wish to try and fit a drive into a small area at the green. Golf with a flat fairway and long rough, real sand bunker and a maintained fringe. A small but receptive green runs at fast speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 5 – Rating 5.72

Red: 404 yds
Gold: 404 yds
White: 440 yds
Blue: 482 yds

This is a short but challenging par 5. Tee shot placement is crucial if you want a chance to go for it on your second shot. Hole includes a flat fairway that doglegs severely left. After you turn the dogleg, you must go over a creek and uphill to a large, receptive and rolling green. Hole includes real sand bunkers, maintained fringe and greens are fast speed.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 3 – Rating 6.00

Red: 132 yds
Gold: 132 yds
White: 135 yds
Blue: 171 yds

Golf a straight par 3 from level tees with long rough surrounds, real sand bunkering and a maintained fringe. Hole ends with a medium sized, rolling, receptive, fast speed green.

Willow Wood Golf Club Hole  18

Hole 18 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Red: 245 yds
Gold: 245 yds
White: 305 yds
Blue: 343 yds

Level tees start the finishing hole. Fairway is uphill, plays longer. Hole includes long rough and real sand bunkers as well as maintained fringe. A medium sized and fast speed green is fairly flat and receptive.

Holes 10-18 average rating: 6.70

Willow Wood Course Review – Overall

Overall Course Rating: 6.28

SUMMARY:
A round at Willow Wood Golf Club is budget-friendly, offering excellent value compared to many courses in its price range. Some holes demand patience and strategic thinking, as the use of a driver may not be necessary. A shorter 18-hole golf course, playing 6,138 yards from the back tees, it can be played by players of all abilities. The course uses the lovely sprawling countryside that includes mature woodlands, natural land characteristics, beautiful terrain, expansive meadows, and pronounced elevation changes to provide a golfing value experience for a round of golf. A serene atmosphere ideal for a hidden jewel. The greens are consistent, but attention is needed for the bunkers and some water features. See our video of Willow Wood Golf Club.

Tee blocks rate the highest at 7.11.

Pricing:
Refer to: www.willowwoodgc.com or call (517) 647-1984 for tee times and pricing.

VALUE RATING: +3.28

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