With more than 650 public golf courses throughout the state, Michigan boasts some of the most sought-after golf courses in the nation.
Dozens of excellent courses for various skill sets are located in and around Grand Rapids, which is “home of some of the best value golf in America,” according to the popular golf website, TheFriedEgg.com.
Grand Rapids is a great destination for ‘hitting the links’ during the beautiful spring, summer and fall seasons. Here’s a look at just a few of the great public golf courses Grand Rapids has to offer.
Get outside and enjoy Thornapple Pointe or The Mines Golf Club!
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Within 30 Minutes of Grand Rapids
Boulder Creek Golf Club
Designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels, Boulder Creek is a par-72 course offering five separate tee box areas that play at almost 7,000 yards from the back tees and nearly 5,000 yards from the front tees.
One of several area courses designed by golf architect Mike DeVries, Boulder Creek is rated four stars by Golf Digest. TwoGuysWhoGolf.com notes the course’s “diverse terrain and wonderful conditioning and exquisite landscaping from tee to green.” Spring 2023 rates range from $35 for nine holes with a cart on weekdays to $69 for 18 holes with a cart on weekends. Juniors and seniors (60 and older) enjoy discounted rates.
Cedar Chase Golf Club
Golf architect W. Bruce Matthews III designed Cedar Chase with tree-lined bent grass fairways, elevated tees, Scottish-like roughs and bunkers, and spacious, undulating greens. It’s a taste of “up north” Michigan golf just 25 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.
This par-72 course offers five sets of tees and measures 7,100 yards from the championship (black) tees. It has hosted a US Open qualifier and was ranked in the top 30 in a Golf World Reader’s Choice Awards poll. Rates range from $25 for nine holes and a cart on spring/fall weekdays to $55 for 18 holes and a cart on summer weekends. Discount rates are offered for kids 13 and under, and seniors 60 and older.
The Falls at Barber Creek
Built on a 230-acre family homestead, The Falls welcomes golfers of all skill levels to a challenging track featuring dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking scenery, handmade stone structures and a 40-foot waterfall. Tees are traditional bentgrass and fairways are bluegrass.
The par-72 course features three sets of tees and plays more than 6,000 yards from the longest one. Rates range from $25 for nine holes and a cart on spring/fall weekdays to $55 for 18 holes and a cart on summer weekends. Discount rates are offered for kids 13 and under, and seniors 60 and older.
The Meadows Golf Club
Located on the campus of Grand Valley State University, The Meadows was designed by environmentally forward golf architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan. The course is ranked #6 in the Top 25 College Golf Courses in the U.S. and #21 in the state of Michigan by Golf Advisor. It has hosted multiple NCAA National Championships and dozens of Michigan High School State Championships.
The par-72 course features five sets of tees and plays as long as 7,060 yards, with a rotation of holes that throws a little bit of everything at golfers – including wetlands and well-bunkered greens. Rates range from $31 for nine holes with a cart on spring/fall weekdays to $64 for 18 holes with a cart on summer weekends. Discounts are available for seniors (55+) as well as GVSU faculty, students and alumni.
The Mines Golf Course
Situated just five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, The Mines is built 150 feet above old gypsum mines. Features of the mines and the mining process were used in the construction of the course, and the water used to irrigate the course is pumped directly from the mines.
Another Mike DeVries design, The Mines is a par-70 course that measures 6,701 yards, with a slope of 137. It offers four sets of tees for different skill levels and is quite hilly. “It’s pure fun,” raves TheFriedEgg.com. Peak season rates range from $32 for nine holes with a cart on weekdays to $64 for 18 holes with a cart on weekends. Senior (60+) rates are available before 3pm on weekdays and after 3pm on weekends.
The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
A panoramic view of the beautiful Thornapple River provides the backdrop for Thornapple Pointe, which features bentgrass fairways and impeccably groomed tees and greens. Winding along 7,000 feet of river frontage, the expansive 18-hole, par 72 course guides you over gently rolling hills, through hardwood-lined fairways and near three enchanting wetlands.
Designed by Bill Newcomb, Thornapple Pointe offers five sets of tees with a maximum distance of 6,821 yards. 2023 rates range from $36 for nine holes with a cart on weekdays to $75 for 18 holes with a cart on weekends. Seniors (60+) and juniors (18 and under) enjoy special discounts at specific times during the week.
Quail Ridge Golf Club
Randy Erskine, a five-time Michigan Open Champion and former PGA tour player, partnered with renowned Michigan golf architect Raymond Hearn to build Quail Ridge in Ada, just 20 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Featuring generous fairways and greens, gentle hills and large trees interspersed with occasional water and bunkers, this par-72 course can be challenging – but five sets of tees help make it playable for all skill levels.
Quail Ridge offers “dynamic pricing” to guests booking on its website or calling the golf shop. This replaces a standing green fee with a golf rate that changes based on current demand. We checked tee times for an early spring day and rates ranged from $25 for nine holes with a cart to $49 for 18 holes with a cart, with a senior (60+) discount available.
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club is a great course to play - spring, summer or fall!
Photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR
A Pleasant Drive
American Dunes Golf Club
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed American Dunes on the site of the former Grand Haven Golf Club, located 40 minutes west of downtown Grand Rapids. Set along the shores of Lake Michigan, it offers a diverse landscape of natural sand dunes and mature hardwood forests.
The par-72 course includes five sets of tees, the longest of which plays at 7,213 yards. Each of the 18 holes features two plaques: one honoring each of Nicklaus’ 18 major wins and the other relating the story of a fallen service member. The sacrifices service members have made for America is a central theme here, played out in everything from the American Flag F-16 logo to the stars and stripes on pin flags and much more. Green fees are pricey – peak rates range from $70 to $185, with cart – but 100% of profits are donated to Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships for spouses and children of fallen and disabled military members. Discounts are offered for juniors, veterans, active military members and first responders.
Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club
Cut out of Michigan forest 30 minutes from Grand Rapids, Pilgrim’s Run delivers a more secluded golfing experience, once again designed by Mike DeVries. This par-73 course takes you down manicured fairways lined with tall white pines and black oaks on the way to pristine, undulating bentgrass greens. There are six different tees and yardages to choose from.
With recognitions ranging from a Top 10 Michigan Course (Golfweek) to a Top 20 Golfer’s Choice (Golf Advisor) to one of America’s Top 10 Hidden Gems (The Golf Channel), Pilgrim’s Run is one of West Michigan’s finest upscale public golf facilities. 2023 peak rates range from $50 for nine holes with a cart on weekdays to $99 for 18 holes with a cart on weekends, with discounts for seniors, juniors and military members.
Ravines Golf Club
Envisioned and built by the King himself, Arnold Palmer, this par-72 course is located in Saugatuck, about 40 minutes from Grand Rapids. Though challenging, the course offers wide fairways and generous landing areas, along with the undulating greens and elaborate bunkering systems that are Palmer trademarks. It is a Certified Audubon International Course and a Certified U.S. Kid’s Golf Family Course.
The Ravines features four sets of tees with the longest playing at 7,132 yards. “A Championship Course in every way,” says GolfMichigan.com – and golfers across the Midwest agree. 2022 rates ranged from $34 for nine holes with a cart on spring weekdays to $79 for 18 holes with a cart on summer weekends. Discounts are available for seniors 60+.
Rates in this article are intended to provide a general idea of expenses and are subject to change at any time. Please contact courses for the most current fees, including twilight and walking discounts. Visit the Experience Grand Rapids Golf page to explore even more of the 30+ golf courses throughout the area.
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