About DetroitOnce Detroit emerges from bankruptcy, don't be surprised if this is classic Midwest city experiences a renaissance of sorts. Detroit has a rich history of cars, sports and music, from Motown and the MC5, to Eminem and Kid Rock.
The three downtown casinos built in the last decade Greektown, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino have bolstered the city's nightlife. The region's historical attractions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Greenfield Village (in Dearborn) and the Ford Rogue Factory Tour (part of the Henry Ford Museum) are intriguing and insightful. The surrounding suburbs are stocked with good golf courses.
Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston and Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Banquet Center in Oxford are two strong 27-hole facilities that headline Oakland County, a haven of fine restaurants and private clubs. Arnold Palmer's Northville Hills Golf Club straddles the Wayne County border closer to downtown.
Farther flung are the Coyote Preserve Golf Club near Fenton, Moose Ridge Golf Club near South Lyon and The Majestic at Lake Walden near Hartland. All are Livingston County gems that look more than northern Michigan than metro Detroit.
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It might not be thought of as a golf destination, but the suburbs surrounding Detroit certainly can play the part with more than a dozen courses worth playing. If you're visiting southeast Michigan for business or pleasure, there are multiple ways to play golf three straight days without spending more than $200!
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