Tar Heel I couldn't wait to get away from there. Hated it.
You perfectly summed up my 18 years of living there. I couldn't wait to get out. Moved to Pittsburgh for college and never looked back. I've been back once after my parents moved away in '95 since.
First played The Oaks in '90. I hadn't heard that Berrien Hills went public, probably not enough Whirlpool execs and FIPs to keep it afloat as private. I used to go to the driving range across the street from The Oaks after school all the time. Being a high school kid, I played mostly the low rent courses. Pebblewood, Paw Paw Lake, Pipestone Creek, and even Blossom Trails were in my rotation. There was a course down near Dowagiac , which I can't remember the name, that had a student special where you could play weekdays for $3. Played a lot of rounds there. If I was feeling particularly frisky with my money, we'd play Lake Michigan Hills.
Never played Point O' Woods either, but walked the ground a few times for the Western Am. Watched Phil Mickelson win it, got to meet him, and his playing partner for the first two rounds was Michael Jordan.