The Kingsley Club

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6956 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

  • 600 Niblick Trl, Kingsley, MI 49649-9480, United States
  • (231) 263-3000
  • (231) 263-3003

Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Mike DeVries
Type: Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Fescue
Golf Season: Apr 15 to Oct 31


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No


Driving range: Yes, 100 tees driving range
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6956 yards 73.2 141
Member 71 6480 yards 70.8 133
Blue 71 6309 yards 70.1 132
White 71 5755 yards 67.7 127
Red (W) 71 4987 yards 69.5 129

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
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recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews


Reviewer Photos


Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Just Pure Golf Experience"

smith851's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

"A modern take on classic architecture"

BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

I recommend this course

"A private retreat in northern Michigan that's accessible"

JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.<br/> 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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging

I recommend this course

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