Rouge Park Golf Course

3.9627000000 4.0 stars from 5 (120)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6325 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirt and Shoes Required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6325 yards 70.1 121
Middle 72 6083 yards 69.4 118
Forward (W) 72 4868 yards 67.2 108

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 120 Reviews
5 stars:
32
4 stars:
69
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

105 out of 118 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards elevation changes forced carries  

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u070726304's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good layout"


fbaird58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would recommend this course to the average and the advanced golfer, there are challenges for both.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Found this course on GolfNow and took a chance. The course was nice. A good deal of water. Had some deer to say hello to also.


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


"So the 10th hole is The first hole"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They never changed the signs nor did they tell us this when we checked in or got our cart. However, the Rangers were extremely kind and considerate in assisting us getting back on track.

Relatively new to playing golf independently. This did not help my experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"One word!...WOW!!!!"


u556469765's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We started off thinking it is just another basic regular course, were we ever wrong. The greens were not in the greatest condition, although the layout and difficulties behind each and every hole was very well thought out and made the course very challenging and enjoyable to play. We have been golfing at a different course daily, and this by far is our favorite in the local area. We will be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf at Rouge"


u000004266061's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played at 10:48am in the morning. Really no people in front of us due to it being a week day. Course is in descent shape considering it was mostly under water due to rains a month or so earlier.

Some of the greens have a disease on them. The cart paths could use some repairs and are extremely bumpy. One path had water over it and there was a big hole in it causing water to fly and the riders up to the ceiling.

Overall the course is challenging and narrow on several holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great old course."


Justin3580938's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After the change of ownership this course is making strides to getting better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u5903642's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun Layout"


DoubleJ89's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
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Reviewed on

I always enjoy the 5 par 5 and 5 par 3 layout. Pace of play really varies on the time and day. Not much of a clubhouse but they're friendly enough. Greens on the slow side. Holes 1 and 11 are definitely the biggest challenges


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"good day"


1basketball's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a good day on the course! Grounds Keepers where working hard to fix up the course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lost some appeal"


Justin3580938's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course changed hands in the off season. It’s obvious the new management hasn’t kept up with the times. The conditions were wet as expected with the weather but the course was in disrepair. The greens were great but tee boxes and fairways were not mowed. No monuments in place as in precious years. Too bad I’ve always loved to play this course in the past.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Condition of the course"


Neville1127165's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Tee Box were 5 in of Cross High you could not see your tea very disappointed.

Seems like a grasshopper being caught in 3 weeks


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"great day"


1basketball's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The first think that hit you at Rouge Park is how great the people are at the course!!!! The course has had a lot of rain and it was hard them to keep up the the cutting. We played again on the 22nd and you could see the improvement and hard work by the staff. Looking forward to my next round there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Old Glory"


Hbell2015's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Located on the west side, in the heart city, is Detroit's 'best' golf course: Rouge Park Golf. This historic beauty opened in 1923, and the classic design features small undulating greens, hilly terrain, meandering streams and creeks, mature woodlands, and thick bushes. The fairways are narrow on most holes, however there are several holes where the fairways run parallel to one another and a bad shot can still result in par. There is an abundance of wildlife on the course including deer, pheasants, and hawks just to name a few. The Rouge River runs throughout the golf course with water coming into play on 8 holes. Rouge Park Golf Course is popular for league play and a favorite among women.

     This 18 hole championship golf course is a par 72 course, with three sets of tee boxes. The course is short in length measuring only 6325 yds from the back tees with a slope rating of 70.3/ 130. The women's tees measure 5868 in length  with a slope rating of 67.8/ 118. Most men were playing the middle tees which has a slope rating at 6083 yds and 69.3/ 124 in slope. What the course lacks in length it makes up for in difficulty.  It had rained earlier in the day I played Rouge Park Golf Course and had stopped by the time I reached the course. Due to the course being wet, I opted to the middle tees until I reached the first tee box. My pride and handicap dictated that I play the Back tees (I am a 12 hdcp). The course does not have a driving range but there is one right across the street from the course. The pro shop is small and nothing fancy, still it does have most of the basic things you might need for golfing. After checking in I was off to the tenth tee, (we started on the back nine) with no warm up and a straight away 495 yd, par 5. Special note, I grew up in Detroit and Rouge Park Golf Course was a pleasure to play. It's been twenty years since I last played Rouge Park, and I was looking forward my homecoming. Needless to say the course was in bad shape, the grass on the tee box was long and I felt like I was hitting out of the rough. The rough was so long that it required an 8 minute search when the ball was less than 10 feet off the fairway and it was almost impossible to advance your ball more than 100 yards. The greens were slower than what I am used to playing and felt as if they were running about 8 on a stimp meter.  The course had standing water in several spots and did not drain well after several hours. I tried to make the best of my day, but it was painful.

     The course layout is beautiful, there are several signature holes that you will remember and talk about. A good example is hole #11, which is a 442 yd, dogleg right, par 4. The hole is heavily wooded with thich brush on the right side of the fairway and a few trees on the left, with a couple of fairway bunkers. This hole requires a straight 270 yd drive from the back tees just to reach the dogleg. The next shot is over thick brush that drops 70 feet and must a clear narrow Rouge River before hitting the fairway or green. You cannot see the dogleg from the tee box but you will remember it. My favorite hole is #7. It's a short, 125 yd, par 3 with a shot over water and marsh to a 75 ft, elevated green. From the tee box you can see only the flag stick and the marsh on a steep sloping hill fronting the green. Again, the course has lots of character, but it was just in heart breaking condition.

     I notice that Rouge Park Golf Course has a lot of loyal fans and die hard golfers. The atmosphere at the course was lively, but for me it was painful, because I have played several public courses in better condition and more picturesque. I trust that Detroit will restore the aesthetics of this Old Glory, and make Rouge Park Golf Course the pride and joy that it once was. I like the layout of the course, but in its current condition I hesitate to recommend it for play.

Hbell (Golf Enthusiast/ Freelance Writer)

Visited:

14May2018

Detroit, Michigan


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


peyton1777's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From your drive into the course, you certainly wouldn’t expect to find such a great course. This course has an incredible staff that is friendly, helpful and accommodating. The course is very well kept and the grounds crew is very polite when you are getting ready to hit.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Doug818's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Doug818's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Great classic course"


u000001604903's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I grew up in the area and Rouge was the first course I played, 40 years later it's a course I still play regularly. I course itself is generally in great shape. Great variety of holes, river crossings and elevation changes. Very fair rates. Small Donald Ross greens, you easily short side your shots.

Been through some difficult and management changes over the years I suspect. Small photographically old club house circa 1920,s. Course could be fantastic with newer amenities and facilities i.e. Restrooms, cart path improvements, new wood fencing along holes and improved hole signage. Bunkers could use alittle more sand. Nevertheless I'll be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good value but could be better"


Tony8469134's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in good shape for a municipal course. Bunkers lacking sand. Very courteous staff. No rangers to help keep pace of play. Course has lots of blind shots and left turning holes. No beverage carts and water coolers are spread far between holes. Would recommend play on a week day if you get a hot deal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000007716389's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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