20 Year Course History
This year, The Majestic at Lake Walden is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. It was opened in the summer of 1994 to great fanfare and has been a golfers delight ever since. Take a moment to go back in time to see how it all began and its journey, including the devastating tornado that ripped through Livingston County on May 21, 2001.
Construction began in 1993 on The Majestic of Lake Walden, a 27-hole masterpiece in Hartland Township. Jerry Matthews, the well respected Lansing based golf course architect, has designed the championship layout, with 18 holes traversing around Lake Walden south of Crouse Road and the other nine holes located north of Crouse Road. Matthews, who has designed awarding-winning courses throughout Michigan, views the layout as a “dream course” because it offers views of the lake and wetlands areas, including having an “up north” feel.
Bill Fountain, managing partner of The Majestic at Lake Walden started an annual tradition 15 years ago where the week or two prior to Thanksgiving day, golfers who donated turkeys and other Thanksgiving food as their ticket to play 18 holes of golf Sunday. This event collects food for the needy of Livingston County and the surrounding areas. There have been many other golf courses in the area that have also provided their course for what is kn==now known as “Turkey Day”. There have been two seasons where The Majestic could not have Turkey Day due to weather but in most years, it goes without a hitch. Steven Tanner, golf pro here at The Majestic has had his family cook turkey dinners in the kitchen for the past 10 years and have since retired their duties and passed along to the kitchen staff. The Majestic at Lake Walden has frequently bought in an annual amount of two tons worth of frozen turkey and the day continues to be one for the most popular of the season.
The clubhouse was built along with the construction of the golf course. In 2000, the outdoor deck on the south side of the clubhouse as you see in these photos was enclosed and an addition to the dining area was added as part of the remodeling that took place including the front porch leading to the bag drop was covered.
“The Princess” was a beautifully handcrafted boat used to usher golfers across Lake Walden to and from hole #10. It was put in service shortly after the opening of The Majestic at Lake Walden golf course and lasted about five years until its condition required it to be retired. Because of the weight of the boat was so enormous, it had become obvious to the golf course something more agile and easier to maneuver on Lake Walden was needed. Since the retirement of “The Princess” in 2001, the golf course has since used pontoon boats to usher golfers across Lake Walden. Today, it now stands as a nice showpiece for The Majestic at Lake Walden golf course. Often golfers will sit on the boat waiting to be ushered or lounge around after a relaxing day on the course.
P.O. Box 477
9600 Crouse Road
Hartland, Michigan 48353