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3417 Don Soper Dr
Royal Oak, MI  48073-2988
United States
P: (248) 554-0019
F: (248) 554-0032
Royal Oak Course

9 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

35 par | 3,017 yards

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Royal Oak Golf Course

The 9-hole "Royal Oak" course at the Royal Oak Golf Club facility in Royal Oak, Michigan features 3,017 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. Designed by Don Soper, the Royal Oak golf course opened in 1963. Joe Spatafore manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed August 19, 2020

Hello guys, I moved to Royal Oak MI in 2018 looking for courses to play and I fund Royal Oak GC, I see the reviews here and make me mad to read what people post when there angry, this is my review:

1.- This course don't allow singles, with I believe is a great think, if you call they don't book you in advance, you can come over and wait, like I say before I play in this course probably 5 times at week in season and 3 time in winter since I move here (the review from Shawn S. is very disrespectful and full of lies in my point of view as a member singe player) if they can give me a tee off I just practice my putting or drive next door to the driving range (with sometimes is actually better training for me).

2.-Joe Spatafore, this guys is on of the most amazing golf course manager I know, alway looking for solutions trying to people play fast and have fun (again Shawn S. review is very unreal and disrespectful).

3.- COVID 19 concerns, I play all around of metro Detroit every day and some weekends in the West Cost (Grand Rapids and Holland MI)and Royal Oak GC is being doing a great job since day one cleaning and dividing the cart seats, making sure we are safe and I really appreciate this (again Shawn S. review sound very angry and far for the true), I FEEL SAFE to play here every day, other courses don't even care about face mask and cleaning procedures.

4.- If your speculations are coming and play as a single player fast believe me Forget a bout it, this is the place to come an practice, meet some cool people and have fun, if they are busy just move on please, go next door and hit some balls or practice your putting with I'm pretty sure we all need...

see you in the course.

Jorge L Cherriz
Beverage Director of Culinary Investment RO
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Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Food Available Friendly Staff Good For Beginners Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Spikes Ok Walkable Well Maintained
Reviewed August 06, 2020

Look out for GM Joe Spatafore at this course. As we all know Covid 19 has hit our country hard but fortunately we can still enjoy outdoor sports/activities to keep our minds off the current situation just for a while.  I suffer from acute asthma which puts me in a position to have to be extremely careful in the current climate.  When wanting to golf I call ahead in advance to schedule a single T time so that I can get out and be active while protecting myself by social distance.  In this case I called 2 hrs in advance and confirmed a single round and was told to come in at the requested time and they would get me out no problem.  When I arrived Joe was in the pro shop so I approached him and said I called and was here for my single round.  Joe then said ok, "I know who im going to pair you with". This was surprising because I was very clear of my condition and that golf w/ a total stranger was concerning to me.  I explained my concern to Joe in which he replied " Well I guess you're not playing today!" This was the answer I received from the GM or lack thereof to my concerns.  I said this isnt right, I did everything in advance and confirmed and just drove 25 minutes to be here.  In addition I have played this course several times and said " I spend money here every week and never have this issue" and Joes reply was " well I guess i don't need your money" .  I understand that courses are busy and it's summer and in any other circumstance I wouldn't mind playing with a stranger but these are different times.  It's obvious that this course doesnt care about other ppls safety nor its reputation as to how customers are treated.  It was shameful on Joes behalf and feel that that sort of bad business isnt good for a community. 

Reviewed October 19, 2008

Reviewed July 16, 2008

Course was as hard as a rock. Nothing but a practice course. maintained well due to all the rainfall.

Reviewed September 20, 2007

Poorly maintained, muddy soil and leaves everywhere, we also did not like the over all atmosphere: it seems, as there have been better times, but that's a long time ago...

Reviewed August 01, 2007

Reviewed July 02, 2006

Used to be a much better course

Royal Oak golf club has gone through staff changes the last 2 or 3 years, and the quality of the greens and overall maintenance of the course has gone to hell. The green on #8 has been a disaster for a year (it's July 2, 06 as I write this).

I don't know what it is about this course, but the staff has a facination of over watering EVERYTHING. You'll go out there at 9 or 10 in the morning, and the fairways will be soft and soggy, and it won't have rained for a week. Everything is just a mess.

It's really too bad, because the layout, for a completely flat muni course, is pretty fun. The new staff has also jacked up the rates here, and it's $30 just to walk for a non-resident for 18 holes. Lot of better options in S.E. michigan for just 10 or $15 more.

#1 is a short straight away par 3 with a sloping green from back to front.
#2 is an excellent tight hole requiring about a 220 yard shot off the tee, while 3 will test your driver.

#4 is one of 3 holes with a pond (#3 has one that can be in play off the tee to the right). Another 220 yard or so drive down the center left will give a good approach to the green.

#5 starts the string of par 3's and 5's. I really think the par 3's make this course. This one play 194 from the blues, and the entire right side is trees.

#6 is an uphill par 5, which most people won't be able to reach from the back tees. If the markers are up and you bust one, however, you'll have a shot at the treen. The pond from #3 border this hole near the green on the right side, but there's plenty of room left to go after.

#7 is the shortest par 3 measuring about 160 from the back with a nice big bunker guarding 2/3 of the front of the green.

#8 is a shorter par 5 dogleg right which is definitely reachable with a good drive. It's not a bad play to aim for the left side of the fairway and even in the rough, which will clear you from the trees on the right.

#9 is a tough par 3 with the largest green on the course. It plays about 210 from the back, uphill slightly. Anything short probably won't run up on the green, so you'll have to hit a good one.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 robert J. 17 39 22 07/22/08
2 Ben R. N/A 39 39 08/01/07
3 Ben A. N/A 42 42 07/15/08
4 Don N. N/A 46 46 08/03/07
5 Carl U. N/A 54 54 11/09/01
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About Royal Oak

Royal Oak Golf Club

Golf Only facility

9 regulation holes

Awards at Royal Oak

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Course Staff

Joe Spatafore, General Manager
Kathy Thoosand, Superintendent

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