Area golfers who want to tune their game before taking on the Riverview Highlands Golf Course can work out on the adjacent practice facility located on the eastern edge of the Riverview Land Preserve.
The practice facility is located on the old footprint of Riverview’s ski and sledding areas, which were phased out in the late 1990s. After the ski and sledding areas were closed, the area, which was designated for recreational use, was converted into a golf practice facility to compliment the neighboring Riverview Highlands Golf Course.
The top hole on the practice course offers a beautiful 360-degree view of the surrounding Wayne County area including Southfield, Dearborn, downtown Detroit and the Detroit River.
Metro Airport & Riverview Connection
Ground was broken for the golf practice facility in May 1999, and the grand opening occurred on August 26, 2000.
According to former Riverview city council member James Weaks, the top of the practice facility needed one million yards of soil to finish. It just so happens that the Metro Airport expansion project was taking place at the same time, and project leaders were looking for a way to dispose of one million yards of soil. A perfect match occurred!
“While serving on city council, we had a vision (and county requirement) that the landfill have a productive end use when closed. The practice facility fulfills that long-term goal. The driving range, 100-yard putting surface and three-hole practice facility is a very productive end use for the closed portion of the landfill,” Weaks said. “It complements the golfing experience and is a wonderful place to take your children to learn the great sport of golf.”
A Driving Range & Practices Holes
The driving range has five target greens on the hill and consists of two tee areas. The bottom tee covers just over one acre of tee space. The hill’s top tee has three levels of hitting space.
Golf customers are not charged for a cart with the purchase of a bucket of balls (bucket sizes are small, medium, and large). There is also a chipping green next to the lower tee with a bunker and a putting green that is 100-yards long and has 18 holes.
The practice facility also has three practice holes located between the driving range and Sibley Road.
- First hole is a Par 4 playing 370 yards from the back tee, 330 from the middle tee, and 280 from the forward tee.
- Second hole is a Par 3 that plays 135, 125, and 90 yards.
- Third hole is also a Par 3 that plays 210, 155, and 110 yards.
The idea behind the three practice holes is to be played using every club in your bag for practice. Golfers typically take about 30 minutes to play those three holes.
The Riverview Highlands Golf Course maintenance staff mows and grooms the practice facility located at RLP.
The entire Riverview Land Preserve is 403 acres. There are 211.28 acres dedicated to solid waste disposal on which 3,000 tons of material on average are processed daily.
Whether it is the daily disposal of refuse for our 16 surrounding communities or providing a truly unique recreational facility, the Riverview Land Preserve is a responsible and innovative leader in managing waste and recyclable materials for our residents, neighbors and the Downriver region..