I've never held an event here so I can't comment on those reviews, but I have been to the Fountains for Easter and Mother's Day brunch, and they were great. High quality, delicious and well stocked. I hate when you have wait for fresh food to be brought out at buffet, and that never happens here.
And now, on to the important stuff...
The golf course is great. Regularly ranked as one of the best public courses in SE Michigan. It offers challenging greens and fairways open enough that average golfers (90 - 110) won't get too frustrated, while still being able to challenge better golfers. They have new carts this year and the course is always in great shape. They did have a lot if winter green damage, as everyone did, but it's coming back.
The clubhouse staff is very friendly, they have beer carts on the weekends, and the food is good and well priced. We love the patio overlooking the 1st and 10th tee's and 9th green. At $45 on summer weekends, it's also a good deal. Great senior and twilight rates during the week.
The Fountains has changed hands, and names, several times of the years. Unfortunately, the course isn't as good as it once was before the condos moved in. They had to redesign a number of great holes on the back to make room, and they lost their driving range.
That said, the course is always in good shape for a decent price. The greens are what make this course, and they are as difficult as you'll find. The front 9 is original, and ends with a very difficult 9th hole, which is always too wet at the bottom of the hill.
The back 9 starts much like the front with a par 5 then a par 3, then you're packed in a bit on the last few holes. The par 3s are very difficult on this course. The shortest one being about 175 from the blues.
I do wish they would add a set of tee markers, or at least move the REDS to a reasonable place, because for ladies it's much too long. Most of the red tee boxes are maybe 20 yards in front of the blues!
Typical blue-collar venue with only a few truly challenging holes (#9 & #16), but generally well-maintained with surprisingly quirky, undulating greens. Turf on right side of fairway on #9 is always soggy - spray from the fountain in the nearby lake drifts on the surface all day long. Makes for an unfair 2nd shot condition into the course's most difficult signature hole. Overall a good value & challenge for the average golfer.
Be wary of the ill-mannered & inhospitable clerk behind the counter in the pro shop (clerk #11 as identified on my pay receipt). One of the most discourteous, gruff & surly individuals I've come across in a long time (and I've been around a long time). Must be a friend or relative of one of the owners as any self-respecting hiring manager would perceive that this old bozo clearly is a poor fit for customer service work. His demeanor is blatantly off-setting and can be enough to spoil the rest of your day.
He overcharged me on my first visit. On the second visit, he tried it again & I challenged him on it. He became very combative & argumentative claiming that the quoted rate was for weekday, that the web site had erroneous information, the web site was for the old Liberty course....excuse after excuse. When I offered to produce a current copy of the rates as published on the Fountains website (which I happened to have in my back pocket), he immediately backed off.
If it wasn't for this very negative initial contact, my overall rating would be higher. Outstanding customer service is crucial to
building and maintaining a healthy business.
2 stars deducted for unfriendly staff.