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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 71
Length 6956 yards
Slope 141
Rating 73.2

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Fescue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Apr 15 to Oct 31
Architect Mike DeVries (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes, 100 tees driving range
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Reviews

5.0
7 Reviews (7)
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Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 150
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Kingsley Club - A DeVries Modern Mognum Opus

The Good: Kingsley Club is a masterful design from Mike DeVries set in the rural northern Michigan plains just east of Traverse City. Considered one of the best modern designs in the Midwest, this rugged, private gem is one of the most fun golf courses I’ve ever played. It starts off with an outright dynamite, downhill Par-5 with the most intimidating fairway bunker I’ve ever seen. Arguably the most succinct, interesting routing I’ve ever played, DeVries winds you through interesting terrain and creates the most diverse set of green complexes I’ve seen. Superb Par-3 variety, excellent Par-5’s, and absolutely “Wow!” Par-5’s. The conditions are perfectly firm & fast, with the greens subtly quick but not outrageous. Clubhouse and overall vibe is unpretentious, one of the very best things about the club. Excellent practice facility and the forecaddies & pros are exceptional. Playing as an unaccompanied guest, the fee is hefty, but it’s worth every penny.

The Bad: The 9th green is very fun, but borderline unfair for the average golfer. It’s perched on a table-top by the clubhouse just awaiting heckles from the modest patio. Those that are looking for a prestigious meal and being courted like a King will not be thrilled with Kingsley Club, but that’s also part of its magic.

The Verdict: One of the purest golf experiences in the entire Midwest, Kingsley Club is an absolute trip. What DeVries was able to do create with the land is uncanny and its memorable even without a single water feature. A Top 5 golf course I’ve ever played.

Best Hole: While many rave about the opener, the short Par-3 2nd, and many others, I loved the long, downhill Par-5 17th. The view from the top of the hill is one of the most amazing that I’ve seen in golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
D C Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Simply Awesome

I was fortunate to play Kingsley which is a private club. Kingsley like many new great courses in America is the result of great natural conditions and smart people. Very little earth was moved to make this amazing course, which features amazing elevation changes and undulations throughout the course that give it it's character, along with great bunkering, uniquely shaped greens and some of the best routing I have every played. While not overly long the course is a serious challenge, the position is key in the fairway to give you a possible chance of a shot into these very difficult greens. You can hit a great drive and the firm and fast conditions along with the natural motion of the fairways and you will find a very daunting approach. When the wind blows you will definitely play shots along the grown but the course allows you many ways to approach par but very few for birdies. The course has the feel of Scotland, with the hard fescue fairways and you will feel a sense of calm and peace as you connect with your inner golfer on the course which is only 30 minutes from Traverse City but is very isolated. The team at Kingsley is small but some of the best in the game. They keep it simple as Kingsley, simply awesome, nothing pretentious just a pitch-perfect environment for real golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 64
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Golf as it should be

This was my second time playing the Kingsley Club and I enjoyed it even more than my first. As you walk up to the clubhouse, you're met with some of my favorite views in golf. It certainly isn't something you're expecting in Kingsley, MI. The fescue fairways play firm and fast and the greens are scary fast, but extremely enjoyable to putt on. Of the many great northern Michigan courses I've played (including Arcadia Bluffs and The Bear), this is the one I think about most often. The elevation changes and scenery make this course breathtakingly beautiful. If you're in northern Michigan and have an opportunity to play, I highly recommend it. This is my favorite course in Michigan!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Just Pure Golf Experience

Kingsley Club is the purest golf experience i have had the pleasure to play. The terrain and topography is absolutely stunning, greens are complex and true. Many tee shots are blind over huge mounds and ridges with generous landing areas if the correct line is taken. Practice facility is the best ive seen in the state as well with many pins as well as a large bunker to practice fairway shots (you will hit some of those throughout the round). The clubhouse is the modest of any club ive had the privilege to play, and its supposed to be that way. Kingsley Club is ALL GOLF, no frills. Come and enjoy what is easily one of the greatest tracks in the entire state.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 302
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Used cart

A modern take on classic architecture

The most coveted round in northern Michigan may be at the revered Crystal Downs, but the nearby Kingsley Club near Traverse City, just over a decade old, has quickly made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally fascinating rounds in the state. Designed by Mike Devries (who grew up at Crystal Downs), Kingsley Club has a lot of similar elements: rugged, tumbling fairways, fescue rough and imaginative green complexes. Fairways are huge and the greens are all shapes and sizes. This is a true members club in the fact that you'll want to play this course a few times to learn the many nuances, and every approach shot keeps you on your toes. There are a lot of neat holes and the par 5s are all a lot of fun. But this is a course that has such a pleasant flow to the round you seem remember the overall ambiance more than any "signature" holes, though the split fairway on the 1st hole and the massive slope on the 17th fairway are certainly some memorable touches. You're sure to have a "memorable" lie to say the least in one of the many bunkers with wispy fescue borders and passive pitch shots are bound to end up back at your feet.

The club itself is no-frills. A small clubhouse that's barely bigger than a double-wide and unpaved cart paths. The practice facility meanwhile is excellent and the club recently added some stay-and-play, 4-bedroom cottages for groups. It's still a private club, but golfers who are sponsored by a phone call from their PGA professional have a good chance of getting on.

If you love seeing a 21st century take on classic era architecture, there are few if any better rounds in the Midwest than Kingsley.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 507
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

A private retreat in northern Michigan that's accessible

The Kingsley Club has that exclusive private-club vibe that every course aspires to, but it's also got a little bit of public access allowing serious players an in. Golfers need to have the golf pro at their club call on their behalf to book a tee time.
The Kingsley Club is all about fun. The hilly terrain and hardwoods of northern Michigan are the setting for an inland links that plays firm and fast on all-fescue fairways. The five par 3s are all fantastic, and overly penal on misses. There's plenty of great golf in northern Michigan, but none as unique and inspiring as the Kingsley Club.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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