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Groesbeck Golf Course construction complete, 18 holes now open

Wednesday, September 6, 2017  
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In the spring of 2016, reconstruction on the front nine at Groesbeck Golf Course began.  Development of new tee areas and a redesign of holes 6 and 7 required portions of the course to be closed during construction.  Management made decision to reverse the back nine to the front nine until the project was complete. This allowed the course to better play as a nine hole or 16 hole layout. The course has announced completion and on Friday, September 1st, all 18 holes were opened.

The project was a cooperative effort between the City of Lansing and the Ingham County Drain Commissioner. The resulting improvements provide more water retention for area neighborhoods, businesses and the environment.  The increased retention will help reduce the amount of run-off directly into waterways and prevent local flooding during a storm event. The larger retention ponds provide wildlife with more habitat and green space. Eagles, hawks, fox, amphibians of all kinds, fish and water fowl all have already benefitted from the changes. 

“Holes 6 and 7 will play similar to how they have in the past, but are an improved golfing experience,” said the course’s manager, Jason Crocker. “The tee shot will have to carry over more water with the newly enlarged pond. The holes are longer. A larger green on number 7, which is protected by a sand bunker, will be a new challenge for all golfers. More picturesque water features will enhance the beauty of each of the holes,” he said. Groesbeck received other improvements to several holes as part of the project. New tees on holes 1-5 and 9 allowed for a five tee system to closer match the front and back nine’s.

The improvements to the course do not end with this project. Next year, construction will begin to build a new pavilion area, which will accommodate golf outings and other large events. The pavilion will be constructed just outside the clubhouse and will overlook the 10th hole. The course is still able to book outings in the meantime, without the pavilion. 

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