With over 650 public golf courses throughout the state, Michigan boasts some of the most sought after golf courses in the nation.

Home to dozens of golf courses suited for various skill sets, Grand Rapids is a great destination for ‘hitting the links’ during the beautiful spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Take a look at some of the great public golf courses that Grand Rapids has to offer.  

Just starting out? These courses are for you:

The Pines Golf Course

An ideal course for beginners, The Pines Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course located 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. The Pines has slower pace of play, which allows golfers to be able to take their time, rather than feeling rushed to complete their round of golf.

After its renovation in 2017, Indian Trails Golf Course now has a new short game area, practice facility, and driving range.

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Indian Trails Golf Course

Indian Trails Golf Course is another course for beginner golfers.

Indian Trails boasts a casual atmosphere along with 18 holes and an updated driving range. Beginner golfers will appreciate Indian Trails’ slower greens, shorter roughs, and minimal water hazards.

Kaufman Golf Course is located just outside of Grand Rapids in Wyoming, Michigan.

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Looking for advance play? Check out these challenging courses:

Kaufman Golf Course

If you’re looking for a challenging golf course, be sure to visit Kaufman Golf Course just outside of Grand Rapids. Rated four stars by Golf Digest, Kaufman Golf Course is known for its pristine maintenance, long roughs, and fast greens. The course is 18 holes.

Kaufman Golf Course also hosts the highly-regarded Kent County Amateurs Tournament, which attracts Michigan’s best golfers for a weekend of competitive play.

Mines Golf Course

Another course that’s frequented by advanced players is Mines Golf Course, located just minutes from downtown.

The course’s history is what makes golfing at the Mines Golf Course a unique experience. The course sits 150 feet above gypsum mines that were active in the early 1860s. In fact, the course’s history is reflected throughout its design.

The Mines Golf Course offers open fairways with plenty of slopes (otherwise known as, “undelation”) for challenging play.

Looking to take some practice swings? Take a stab at these driving ranges:

The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

The golf range at The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe offers both short-and-long range options for practicing. The range at Thornapple Pointe is a great place to swing any club, thanks to its sufficient targets and well-maintained greens.

Maple Hill Golf

Be sure to check out the range at Maple Hill Golf, which is a go-to spot for practicing all year round.

You can demo a set of clubs at Maple Hill’s outdoor range, or opt to use the indoor simulator and covered range when weather is unpleasant.

Fun fact: Maple Hill Golf boasts one of the largest golf shops in West Michigan.

Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center offers a variety of memberships and annual packages for affordable golfing options.

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On a time crunch? Check out this small-but-mighty course:

Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center

Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center offers three uniquely different nine-hole courses for a total of 27 holes altogether.

Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center is more likely to accommodate your requested tee times due to its unique offering of three, nine-hole courses. The flexibility in Scott Lake’s schedule can be especially helpful when you’re on a time crunch or when you’re looking for a last-minute tee time.

The course also offers a large hitting area, two greens, and a bunker to practice.

Fact: The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe has three event venues that can hold 40 to 250 guests.

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Looking for a full day of golf? Visit these courses:

The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

Not only is The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe known for its quality practice facility (listed above), but it’s also one of the longest courses in Grand Rapids.

Thornapple Pointe is an 18-hole, 72-par course that plays over 7,000 yards from the back tees and 5,700 yards from the front tees. Thornapple Pointe features well-manicured tees and greens, while providing a mixture of wood-lined fairways and rolling hills.

FOREwarning: Thornapple Pointe is littered with water hazards that can be challenging for beginner golfers.

Boulder Creek Golf Club

Boulder Creek Golf Club is a relatively new course, that offers a fair amount of risk-reward opportunity for golfers due to its large amount of hazards (these hazards can either help or hurt your score depending on how daring you’re willing to play)!

What’s your favorite public golf course in Grand Rapids? Let us know what your local favorites are in the comments section below. For more fun golfing opportunities visit the golf page.

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