Rackham Golf Course

3.2489529412 3.2 stars from 5 (122)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6555 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 70.8
  • Layout

  • 10100 W 10 Mile Rd, Huntington Woods, Michigan 48070, Oakland County
  • (248) 543-4040
  • (248) 543-0814
  • rackhamgolfcourse.com

Year built: 1923
Architect(s): Donald Ross (1923)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent/Poa
Fairways: Bent/Poa
Golf Season: Year round

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: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 122 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
48
3 stars:
28
2 stars:
18
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

80 out of 121 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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Reviews


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"A Classic"


etsprock's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout.

Great price.

Very slows players all over the course but that's what happens on a 60 degree day late in November in Michigan. All the horrible players were out there for a last hurrah.

Nothing anyone could do about it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"SUNDAY AFTERNOON ROUND"


u000004204277's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We got behind some slow players to begin. They need a Ranger to police this. Yet the Ranger would not let the group behind us play a fivesome even though they were keeping up. Slow players must be reminded to keep up with group ahead.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Deal"


u440136790's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a great deal on price. Course was busy but pace of play and golfers were great!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



None's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Disgrace to treat a Donald Ross Course"


dougabes's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First time playing this course and I was absolutely astonished on the condition of the golf course. I love Donald Ross golf courses and the disrespect that the management group of this golf course has done to a Donald Ross course is beyond belief. The green speed of about 7 and condition for Ross greens was something I have never experienced playing a Ross course. The condition of the fairways and the rough was nothing more than complete neglect. Course layout was great.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"I Love Donald Ross-Designed Courses"


jazzbocrac's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course I've played for over 40 years. Today's round was only marred by two groups ahead who held up everyone. Where are the marshals? Round took an extra hour.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u1365893's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
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Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing the Donald Ross design...shot 78...and it's a great value through GolfNow!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
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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

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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


"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
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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



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
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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



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