Cheyne Roberts (above left) and Steven Sienkiewicz keep the Dearborn Hills Golf Course pro shop running smoothly. Sienkiewicz runs the pro shop, and Roberts, a 2009 Dearborn High School graduate assists. Below, golf course ranger Art Garrison checks off his duties.
Photos by Daniel Gretzner
By Daniel Gretzner
For most golfers who reside in the greater Dearborn-Downriver area, the Dearborn Hills Golf Course is just a short distance drive away. Golf, like many other sports, has different factors that make up the game. The starting point, once one has all the equipment necessary, is to hit the links and get ready for tee time. The public course is on Telegraph Road, north of Michigan Avenue.
At Dearborn Hills local golfers are treated to an 18-hole excutive course as duffers try to keep up with the challenge of a 60-par total stroke count. Twelve of the holes offered are par-3 and the other six holes are par-4s. The course itself, is definitely a cut above any of the par-3 golf courses that dot metropolitan Detroit.
This neighborhood course sees plenty of action all summer long, especially on bright sunny days. On my most recent trip to the Hills course, golfers of both genders were happily moving around the fairways in golf carts with bags hanging in the rear, full of woods, irons and balls.
Lee Morris is general manager of the course that offers pleasant fairways, smooth putting greens and a few hazards along the way. He is a professional and keeps busy moving about to make sure proper attention is paid as a number of various events come and go. The Dearborn Hills Golf Course & Banquet Center operations is a credit to the city.
Besides charity golf events, wedding receptions are held there, and it doesn’t hurt that the clubhouse has a nice feel to it.
Among other staff members serving the golfing clientele is Steven Sienkiewicz, golf course supervisor. He has spent eight years at the course and runs the pro shop. Sienkiewicz gets assistance at the pro shop from Cheyne Roberts, a 2009 Dearborn High School grad who enjoys his work.
When it comes to golf rangers, Art Garrison of Dearborn, gets the job done. Garrison, a 1965 Dearborn High grad, has been on the scene for the past four years. He darts around the entire course in a speedy little golf cart.
“One of the big things right now is golf league play,” Sienkiewicz said. “We have 35 summer golf leagues this season. All league play, seniors and mixed, takes place from Monday to Thursday. The seniors play in the mornings and the mixed leagues tee off in the afternoon. Our senior groups have a range between 60 to 92 years of age.
“Come on out and see us and enjoy a couple rounds of golf.”