Rackham Golf Course

3.2458705882 3.2 stars from 5 (117)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6555 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 70.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 71 6555 yards 70.8 118
Middle 71 6253 yards 69.2 116
Forward (W) 72 5413 yards 70.7 114

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 117 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
44
3 stars:
28
2 stars:
17
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

77 out of 116 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals walkers beginners   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens thick rough  

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3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Good local course"


u794144276's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Living in the Royal Oak area, I don't have the greatest public golfing options in the immediate vicinity. Detroit courses are all falling apart and the good courses in Rochester and Oxford are a hike. Luckily, Rackham is right in our backyard. Don't come here expecting anything amazing, but if you are looking for an affordable round of golf on a well groomed track, then Rackham is a good bet.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Donald Ross Course Need a Little TLC"


HZ's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Rackham Golf Course is a classic Donald Ross Course right by the Zoo & I-696. At $22.95 it's a pretty good deal. The is a typical Donald Ross design with the the holes right in front of you and without much trickery. The greens are less undulated than other Ross Courses which makes it more playable. A few more doglegs than usual, but that's probably dictated by the land. The course needs a little TLC as there's a few crab grass in the fairways, but the greens are in good shape, bunkers OK. From the back tees, a few long Par 3's. All in all, fun to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very dried out but nice layout"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course definitely needs more irrigation, they made the attempt to water but during play and was kinda tough to putt with the sprinkler on. Greens were extremely slow like molasses. I liked the lay out but was very dry and rock hard.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



Ron2670485's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



KrisLang's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"New look Rackham"


BrentRyan20's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Pro-shop looked great! Bunch of new clothes, hats, jackets. Love what they are doing to the place. Staff was friendly and they had wraps from Blackfin to eat! Course was in great shape, bunkers are a lot better they shaved the weeds on the top of them so they are much nicer to look at and hit out of! Very happy with my experience today and the weather was perfect! Today was a happy Saturday.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The location is its biggest advantage"


u825013494's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Full disclosure, I had a horrible experience here a year ago, and almost passed on the hot deal despite the deep discount. But because of where it's located and how easy and quick it was to get to, I decided to give it another shot and I'm very glad I did. I approached my round with a very skeptical, hyper aware look and I came to the conclusion that my previous experiences were not as bad as I had remembered.

If you're in the Royal Oak, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Berkley, Huntington Woods/Ferndale area, this is probably one of the top results when you search for nearby golf courses. It's easy to get to from the expressway or Woodward Ave, and right next to the Detroit Zoo. Because it's a public course in such a densely populated area, they are going to command a premium price and be filled with people willing to pay the location tax.

The course itself is pretty basic. There are no water hazards on the course, and only a few spots of dense vegetation where you could lose a ball. If you have a 90 degree hook or slice, chances are you'll still be able to find your ball--though a hole or two over. Speaking of hole density, it's pretty tightly packed, which you tend to find in these early 20th century designed courses. Several of the holes have some good bunker placement around the greens and on dog legs that will really make you evaluate the risk/reward.

I pass by this course quite often if there is the slightest spot of grass showing through the snow during the winter months, it seems there are people out playing. Spots of the course seem to show this constantly use. The fairways are pockmarked in certain spots from people not replacing their divots, but I feel that the conditions were much better than when I golfed it last year. The greens were exceptionally well taken care of and role smooth and slow, even during the hot midday sun. Some of the blue tee placement seems like an afterthought, but with as dense of a course as it is, I imagine it's a difficult task to do. Some of the hole amenities (ball washers, trash cans, signs for the hole, etc) need some TLC.

Staff was exceptionally friendly. From the guy who checked me in at the club house to the gentleman at the first tee checking off names.

Overall I say this is a decent course, but not worth the $30+ rate they charge regularly. For that much money you might find better value driving out a little further. If you're feeling spontaneous and see a hot deal that's $20 or less, it's pretty good, though!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"City course"


Sglasson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Playing was fun and challenging. A bit slow on front nine but got through in 4 hours. I like this course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good Experience"


u8548215's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in fair condition. I have played Rackham on several other occasions. On prior rounds the course has varied from poorly maintained to very well maintained. This round was better than the last time, a couple years ago, as far as course maintenance.

The biggest complaint would be the slow greens; must have been about a 5 on the stint meter. Quite slow!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



kochdmk's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rackham"


Tabakab's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape! Bunkers are redone and the greens looked and rolled awesome! New GM has done a great job with improvements. There even was a cart girl out there selling snacks and drinks. Still a dry course via alcohol but I had a good time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



blevin18's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



uJZAQ4085JZ's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Quite different from my last review....."


frankiecr's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I wrote a review last year on this course, it is listed here....

I played again recently and the course was much better than last year. The porta johns are back and the clubhouse is completely open. The staff was friendly and helpful. The course conditions were very good. putts rolled true and fast. Tee boxes could have been cut, but that's minor stuff. Fairways were good.

This is such a classic golf course. It's really a shame that the clubhouse couldn't be utilized more.

All in all, go play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u000007231656's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall, couldn't beat the price for 18 holes. The fairways have a lot of areas that still need to grow in. The rough is patchy and doesn't hurt you if you're in it. The greens actually rolled pretty well for this early in the year. I was playing as a single and didn't catch anyone until hole 14. Was able to play first 13 holes in an hour and a half. The last 5 holes took another hour and 45 minutes. Would play the course again for the same price. The clubhouse doesn't have much to choose from and they don't sell beer, which can be a deterrent.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Over booked"


Mattwoo's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

First tee was a zoo. Showed up half hour before tee time. Checked in with starter. When it was our tee time I checked with the starter again. He told my group we still had 4 groups ahead of us. Got a refund and won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Overbooked and not ready for the season"


u830511974's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They didn't have enough carts for the amount of people that were there. We had to wait a half hour past our tee time for a cart.

The course has not yet put out their ball washers or sand trap rakes. A lot of recent rain has left large ponds and muddy areas in fairways, and sand traps were filled with water.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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