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Eagle Ridge
By Art McCafferty

I stumbled upon Eagle Ridge after having a delightful round of golf at White Pine National. The course is located on M-65 just outside of Glennie in Alcona County. Alcona is between Alpena and Tawas City and boasts five golf courses.

Eagle Ridge was built by Rupert Smith, who cut his bulldozing teeth on the likes of the Links of Pinewood and Bay Pointe, two fine tracts in Oakland County. Smith, like some other golf course builders, the Carters at Mackinaw Club and Doug O'Rourke of the new Grande Golf Club in Jackson, had built courses for other people and decided he wanted to build one for himself.

Eagle Ridge plays to 7,245 yards, and while the long knockers like the layout, Rupert has added six new forward tees to bring the course a little closer for the short knockers. Although this is the second full season for the course and thus there are still some areas that are growing in, the course has a robustness to it. Stop by, visit with Smith and enjoy his dream.

Contact Eagle Ridge in Glennie at (517) 735-3500.

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