Whispering Willows

3.4235294118 3.4 stars from 5 (67)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6252 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 70.9
  • Layout

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Year built: 1967
Architect(s): Mark DeVries
Type: Public
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirts must be worn at all times. No tank tops.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 6252 yards 70.9 129
Silver 70 5177 yards 70.6 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 67 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
24
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

51 out of 67 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals  

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"Wet, wet, wet."


kohlio's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

From fairways to rough it was a very wet day. The course was cart path only, which was ok, but if you hit your ball anywhere off the fairway it's going to be impossible to find. Even in the fairway the balls plug and are hard to find. It's not the courses fault because of all of the rain, but it was a very hard day of golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Commented on 06/04/2019

Hello kohlio, thank you for taking the time to review us, Whispering Willows Golf Course and for the 3 stars. We're very sorry to hear that the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback so may work on any necessary improvements. However, we hope you received a good value for your round and had a fun time on the course. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


Commented on 06/04/2019

Hello, Kohlio. Thank you for reviewing Whispering Willows Golf Course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. With the recent rain we are working to get everything up to par. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.


"Nice course but was too wet to rate and enjoy. The pace was horrid"


u2713938's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like the course layout and it seemed well groomed. However it was waterlogged and play conditions were terrible. I could have overlooked that but the pace was horrid. We were behind 4 elderly women and 2 3-4 hours we only made it to the 4th tee. We were stacked up 8 groups waiting on them and the ranger wanted to argue with us when everyone called the clubhouse to complain.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

Hi, u2713938. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game. We are glad to see you rated the course conditions and layout to be great during your game. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Whispering Willows. We hope to see you again soon.


"OMG"


Dennis6504039's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is the worse shape I have ever seen it! I know we had a lot of rain in May but if you don’t hit the fairway good luck on finding your ball! The pace of play is horrible. They need to have rangers on course to speed up play!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

Hi, Dennis6504039. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Whispering Willows. We hope to see you again soon.



maddenandy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/05/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review Whispering Willows Golf Course. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.


"Very poor pace of play."


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

It was a cart path only day which required golfers to walk more than usual. As a result pace was half what it should have been. Since the grounds have been saturated for weeks the staff should have anticipated the situation and reserved and spaced tee times double the normal time. Since they didn't groups ended up spending the majority of time sitting at tee boxes rather than golfing. Not how the game is meant to be played. I wasted two hours sitting at nine holes and had to forfeit half my round because of the extended time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/03/2019

Hi, jjimrod. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is extremely important to us. We are currently working to get everything up to par and assure you that the current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance and making the necessary changes. Thank you for playing Whispering Willows Golf Course. We hope that you will give us another chance to show you how we've improved! We look forward to seeing you again soon.



u259814957's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Slow Pace of Play"


Corycrlsn1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Cant complain about course condition because it has rained everyday in the month of May. but the pace of play was terrible and even though it was cart path only the pace of play is always slow at this course. they need to either space out the tee times to 12 minutes or have the ranger make sure people are staying on track. it shouldn't take overs 5 hours to golf this course especially with the distance being so short.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/07/2019

Hi, Cory. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Whispering Willows. We hope to see you again soon.


"Pack a tent, you'll be here a while"


redwingcapt's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

My comrade and I were brazen enough to assume this Saturday morning round of golf at the City of Livonia's finest municipal course would merely take around 4 hours and start our weekend off on a good note, but we were terribly mistaken. After finishing the front 9 in about 2 hours and 43 minutes, we saw the foursome in front of us leave the course after 9 holes because of the pace, they had the right idea. We waited on the 10th tee for about 17 minutes to tee off because the threesome in front of us repeatedly played second, third, and forth shots from the same spot, as they attempted to make the perfect shot from their position 170 yards off the tee on a 440 yard par. This ridiculousness continued till the 13th hole where we finally ran into the "ranger" who we thought had the authority to turn this excruciating slow pace around. This retired union worker I assume, had the audacity to tell us "its a Saturday, what do you expect the pace of play to be at?" Now be aware, we are about to hit the 4 hour mark as we wait on the 13th tee box. Well boss man ranger, WE EXPECT TO BE DONE BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN IF WE TEE OFF AT 11AM!

Anyways, the ranger is a bum and did nothing but get frustrated with our complaints. So, we left on the 13th hole to go make sweet love to our women and eat marbleized meat at a temperature between medium rare to rare, like men should. Surely something that ranger and those hacks in front of us never experience. Unless you want to succumb to such peasantry, I would avoid Whispering Willows at all costs. It may cost you your whole day, manhood, and dignity.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/28/2019

Hello. Thanks for the review. We see you rated the course 1-star. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. We always appreciate the feedback. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop. Thank you for playing Whispering Willows Golf Course.



modean2013's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Seven + hour round"


u353234540's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Had not played here in 15 years, now I remember why! Over 1 hour to complete the first two holes. Had to stop playing at 12th hole backup, which took us over 4-1/2 hours to play up to that point. One group of men were four holes behind, but the ranger was too busy playing on his phone to say anything to that group, even after receiving numerous complaints. Ridiculous! Never again!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/26/2019

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review Whispering Willows Golf Course. We're very sorry to hear you may not have had the best recent customer experience with us due to the pace of play, and we greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the rangers so we may work towards any necessary improvements. Thank you for golfing with us, and we hope to see you again soon.


"Avoid"


elliotlourie's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Horrible upkeep. If you don’t hit the fairway you will not find your ball. Pace of play is horrible. My first and last time at this course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/23/2019

Hi Elliot. Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We take single star feedback very serious at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Whispering Willows Golf Course.



usanavy's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Akkiykoy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



dstirsman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"FIX THE DARN CARTS"


u013609315's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

COURSE HAS GPS LOADED IN CARTS AND HAS CONTROL OF CARTS NEAR PATHS AND ON VARIOUS SPOTS. M ULTIPLE TIMES THE CART SHUT DOWN AND SAID RETIURN TO COURSE WHEN WE WERE ON COURSE AND WE HAD TO push THE DARN CART TO GET IT TO RECOGNIZE A NEW LOCATION THAT IT WOULD THEN START TO DRIVE. TWO 60 + GUYS WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS HAVING TO MANUALLY PUSH A CART? WHERE IS MY LAWYER?

CLUBOUSE KIDS SAID YES SOMETIMES THERE WERE PROBLEMS. LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU FIX CARTS AND i MIGHT COMEBACK; TOO BAD WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE METRO COURSES.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



hetu1d's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great public course. Challenging layout. Superb greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Whispering Willows AAA+++!!!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff as usual! Fantastic fairways, super fast greens! Pace of play , perfect!! A threesome in front of our foursome played absolutely perfect for our pace! 92+ degrees.. 46 on the front 42 on the back! Play this course, it will test you in all areas! Have fun first and “fore” most!


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


"Nice comfortable community course"


u000006784554's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a public course, the greens were in very good shape, fair and reasonable speed. The course layout is mostly open with only a few somewhat difficult holes. Nice, playable course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



Akkiykoy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beware of rude staff and hovering rangers"


nikki62492's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course is beautiful, but everything else just aweful! Rude workers! TERRIBLE AND CONDESCENDING! Ive been to courses all over including private clubs and never been harrassed so much by rangers! This is a PUBLIC course and yet they act as if you're a bum off the street trying to play at a high end private course! The holes are too close together that you almost get hit every other hole and no one yells to warn you. Tons of areas regarded as off limits (aside from the obvious getting too close to the green) in carts and if you get too close your cart shuts down without hardly any warning. I've had two terrible experiences and will not be back! First was about year ago when my sister and I played here. We are both slightly better than the average golfer and have played for years. It was a week day and we had let a group pass us after the first hole so we could play at a relaxed pace since no one was behind us. For the next 4-5 holes a ranger was following us and staring at us BUT NEVER SPOKE TO US making us so uncomfortable that we went back to the club house and got our money back with a manager apologizing. Every time we would round a corner and think he was gone, he was hiding somewhere else! The second bad experience was over the past weekend. The four of us had used a voucher from one of the other livonia courses because we had a golf outing get cancelled. The man at the counter had scoffed at us when we gave the vouchers to him like we were dirty for coming to their course, being very rude. We got on the course to play our 9 holes and had another group of 4 behind us who were playing at about the same speed or we would have let them pass. The ranger passed and asked if we were having fun and we said yes. Then starting at the 5th hole the ranger repeatedly kept circling around us telling us that we were falling behind pace (since they have those new tablets on the carts that tell you that now). We were only 11 minutes behind. I saw him say what I can only imagine was the same thing to the group behind us because they kept picking up their balls on the green afterwards without putting. When we were done I complained to the two young kids at the desk and they couldn't understand why we were being rushed at only 11 min behind pace. But no one came to talk to us. STAY AWAY unless you enjoy being harassed by rangers or rushing through a game of golf (which really, who enjoys rushing? It's a relaxing sport)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/12/2018

I admit to having a similar experience today with stalking rangers and the ridiculous so called "smart carts". With so many other golf courses in the area, I'll pass next time.



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