Text: R. Collins // Photography: Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pleasant Hills Golf Club
Just south of downtown Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Hills Golf Club is a mid-Michigan golf course commonly called “the good times place to play.” The laid-back atmosphere of the club pairs with a challenging round amongst local golf enthusiasts, making a pleasant summer golf outing in the heart of Michigan. In the area, the course is unique topographically due to its past use as Michigan orchard lands.
“There’s a lot of undulations and the greens have a lot of character to them,” said Ross Bartlett, general manager of Pleasant Hills Golf Club. “They roll great, but with the dips and valleys it can make them tough to read, so we’re known for the greens for sure.”
Located just off Old Mission Road and minutes away from Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and Central Michigan University, the 18-hole course also boasts a chalet-style clubhouse for refreshments and a pro shop stocked with all the golf necessities. The ability to play and organize golf in the Mt. Pleasant area—in which Bartlett was born and raised—is special for the golf enthusiast, who appreciates the inviting local atmosphere. Nearby, the downtown area is home to several places to dine, lodge, and have fun off-course, such as Summit Smokehouse & Tap Room and its singular summer BBQ offerings, and events like Art Walk Central, which invigorates downtown with artworks by regional and national artists this month.
As spaces started opening for business again during the recent lull in the pandemic, Mt. Pleasant has been lively with locals and visitors, but even before then Pleasant Hills Golf Club was experiencing its busiest year yet, like so many other courses in the state.
“Last year was my tenth season and it was our busiest season yet. I saw some new faces, because of COVID and people are playing again this year. I’m seeing folks come back and buy memberships and play leagues, so it’s kind of cool,” Bartlett said.
More to explore in Mt. Pleasant:
Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa| 128 E Broadway St.
Deerfield Nature Park | 2425 W Remus Rd.