The Highlands

2.2281857143 2.2 stars from 5 (77)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6519 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

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Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Highlands Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shorts shall be no shorter than mid-thigh - no cutoffs, "short shorts," running or athletic shorts, or swim trunks. Denim jeans and athletic or sweat pants are NOT permitted.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6519 yards 71.5 133
White 71 6235 yards 70.2 128
Red 75 5487 yards 72.7 123
Gold 75 5454 yards N/A N/A
Pink 75 5249 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.1 stars from 5
Value: 2.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 1.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 77 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
25
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

50 out of 77 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals junior golfers   Challenges include bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Course is unplayable"


Rich4276135's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Im from Chicago and went up to Michigan to golf with my uncle. We set up a tee time for The Highlands cause my uncle said 4-5 years ago he went to an outing at this course and loved it. Upon arriving to the course the pro shop was completely empty. Everything in the pro shop was for sale. Benches,displays, stands absolutely everything had a price tag on for sale. The staff member there told us we can tee off ( on the tee box )from wherever we wanted to. Later upon arriving to the first tee we realized why he made that statement. There were no tee markers on any of the boxes and the grass on the tee boxes was longer than some rough I've seen on other courses. After teeing off we get to what we are thinking is the fairway to find there is no fairway. It was just thick grass all across the course. No signs of a fairway being cut here. Just terrible. We get to the green the bunkers were abandened. The bunkers had patches of grass growing in them and the grass around the bunkers was growing so long it was hanging over the bunker lip. The greens were patchy and like cement. This was the first time I've experienced such bad maintenance on a golf course. We didnt even get to the 2 tee box before we turned back to the clubhouse to complain and get our money back. After having a discussion and slight disagreement with the only staff member on the course he finally admitted that he was selling the course and didn't care. And then told us for the price we paid (under $20 per player) we shouldn't be complaining about the conditions. I honestly wouldn't care if the course was free I still would have left because I so disgusted with the course and the staff. Needless to say we got our money back and left. I've played close to 100 rounds of golf this year on probably 30-40 different courses and this was the first time I actually didn't want to golf That day due to the absolutely disappointing experience at this course. SO I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT NO ONE ABSOLUTELY NO ONE GOES HERE AND GOLFS. save your money and time and book your round at another course in the area. Michigan has plenty of beautiful golf courses this one is definitely not one of them. After I left I called GolfNow immediately and explained to them my issues and concerns and they refunded me my fees that were paid thru them for booking the course.


Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Highlands Tee Times on 01/10/2017:

Thank you for your feedback and we apologize for your poor experience. We assure you this is not the standard we strive to achieve and will address it at the course. Look forward to having you back soon and making up for this experience.

"Sold"


uOXOX5999OX's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has been sold. Reflecting that fact, owner Steve is reducing maintenance to mowing the greens and, presumably, mowing the fairways occasionally. I have enjoyed the course and friendly, helpful staff and am sorry the course has been sold.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/10/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you have enjoyed our friendly and helpful staff. Thanks for coming out!


"Terrible condition"


James5138738's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Put a white line around this course. The whole place is ground under repair. The grass on the tee boxes was 2-3 inches long. Worse conditions I've ever played under. It is quite obvious that this place is closing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/26/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve course conditions and take your comments very seriously. Look forward to having you back soon and making up for this experience.


"This course is suffering from severe lack of maintainance."


u000005463762's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is obvious that the owners are not willing to invest anything in maintenance. Fairways, greens, signs, cart paths, parking lot, all of it needs work. The cart GPS system worked well and was a nice unexpected amenity.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Course is in such bad shape we walked off after 9"


u000007688843's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Upkeep is nonexistent - the parts of the green that aren't dried up and cracked are overgrown to fairway length. Plugged pin placements are dried and shriveled - not watered. Parts of the fairway are longer than the rough and the rough... I have never lost balls in the fairway before today due to grass length. No matter how good the price, don't buy it. This course appears to be closing with the conditions we found today.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/19/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We assure you this is not the standard we strive to achieve. We are constantly working on course conditions and hopefully we can have you back to make up for this poor experience.


"poor"


pail3201095's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very poor experience way overbooked, way under maintained


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/19/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We assure you this is not the standard we strive to achieve. We are constantly working on course conditions and hopefully we can have you back to make up for this poor experience.


"Dying Donald Ross design..."


MGoBlue100's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great old track, designed by Donald Ross. Hosted numerous Senior PGA Tour events, and was the Elks Club of GR's home course. The course apparently has been sold to developers, and housing appears to be its fate. Course conditions were poor, as it looks like not much $$ is being spent on maintenance. Shot values are still there, however. She's a great old girl. Play there while you still can.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/05/2016

Thank you MGoBlue100 for the review. We are so happy you had an enjoyable experience on the course and we hope you will continue to golf with us throughout the season. Come back and see us again very soon!


"Course is done"


u121275775's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They are selling and putting no money into the course. Greens are awful, fairways are brutal and the pace of play is horrid


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/05/2016

Thank you for the review. We are currently working on course conditions and hope to have the course back up to par very soon. Please come back and see us again very soon!


"Falling apart."


biggeejack's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What was once a gem, is now a rock. Sadly, this place probably will not be around to long. Greens are in sad shape, as are the fairways, thistle weeds are out of control. Carts paths are crumbling asphalt. Sand traps are dirt, weeds everywhere. Entryway to the clubhouse needs landscape face lift, as does the parking lot. Sorry to hear leagues are leaving, doesn't surprise me though.

Nice people, good carts with GPS , the only positive things I can say.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/01/2016

Thank you for your feedback. We are so sorry that our course conditions did not match what they once were in your opinion. We would like to speak further about what you saw. Please send us an email to highlandsgrand@gmail.com and hopefully we can convince you to give us another chance.


"Run down"


mkv69801's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

They have spent zero money on this course. No water and greens full of weeds. We payed 20.00 and that was to much.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/01/2016

We are so sorry you feel this way about our course. Please send us an email to highlandsgrand@gmail.com regarding what you saw on our course in more detail. Thank you!


"Good time"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was a little rough in spots. It used to be in better shape but it's still a lot of fun to play. The weather was great and I didn't have to wait thru the whole round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/22/2016

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you had fun and will take your feedback into consideration. We are constantly looking for ways we can improve our course, so your words are very helpful. Hope to see you again soon!


"Played here last week, and I'll never be back."


Gmgolfam's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course was extremely dried out to almost drought conditions. Management should spend money turning the sprinklers on instead of on gps systems on the carts. It was inexpensive but not at all worth the headache of playing through hard packed dirt on the fairways. Also beware of the old cranky regulars that like to play ahead of their tee time and then complain when politely asked to allow an earlier tee time to tee off.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/22/2016

Thank you for your feedback. Please send us an email at highlandsgrand@gmail.com so we can further discuss your situation and make things right with you. We apologize that your experience with us was not up to our usual standard.


"Hard course"


Claynewman's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Challenging fairly long course. Not in the best shape, sucks cause it could easily be the best course in Grand Rapids. Either way course presents a good challenge and can't beat it for the money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/29/2016

Thanks for the review! We will take your feedback into consideration as we are constantly working to make a better course for our golfers! Hope to see you soon.


"Always enjoyable round at The Highlands"


theburyman's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Group made it out for a late 9 hole round and while I knew they had leagues going on the pace of play on the opposite 9 was awesome. I played pretty good and I feel like I've played here about 4 times now and am starting to know a few tricks about where the trees overhang in the fairway but I wish I could hit it where I want it.

We had lunch and burger was great, beers were cold and weather was perfect. Course was in better shape than I've heard in previous years but not yet pristine. Some patches on the green and in the fairways you could tell were still being tended to to rebound but it was very playable. I never had course conditions get in the way of making a golf shot.

If I had to add 1 item on the wish list the cart path was rough in a few areas so you can tell the grass in those areas is taking an extra beating. I'm sure it's on the staff's list as well. Go out and play, would be a very enjoyable walk which would eliminate your cart path issue all together.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/20/2016

Thanks for your review, Dan! We will take your feedback regarding the cart path into consideration. Glad to hear you had an enjoyable round with us!


"HORRIBLE"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

TOOK 3 HOURS FOR 9 HOLES. DONT GO ON A THURSDAY BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON THEY BELIEVE ITS OKAY TO HAVE 5 LEAGUES ON ONE NIGHT AND STILL ALLOW INDIVIDUAL TEE TIMES


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/20/2016

Matthew,

We are so sorry that you were put in this situation! Usually this is not the way we book tee times. We would like to make this right with you. Please email us at highlandsgrand@gmail.com to further discuss your situation. Thank you, and again, we apologize.


"Used to be great!"


u000006256101's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'm a fan of Donald Ross courses in general. The first time i played the course it was private and in phenominal condition from top to bottom. The course had hosted several PGA Tour events and was fun to attend. It has drastically deteriorated over the last several years. Not well maintained by any stretch of the imagination. It's sad to see perfection turned to unkept and weeds taking over. Even the old hole markers have been downgraded to the cheaply done. All i can do these days when i play is shake my head and think Donald Ross would be disappointed with the place. The underlying former great course is still there but needs some SERIOUS attention to detail. I would start with the greens and get them back to nice shape and work my way back from there. With a good location there is no doubt it will get plenty of play. But gone are the days i first remember of a nice Elks Lodge golf course and social hangout.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2016

Thank you so much for your review and feedback. With your help and suggestions we can make additional updates to the course and we truly appreciate your comments. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and soon!


"Good Experience"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good Course. I would recommend.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/10/2016

Thank you for your review and feedback of The Highlands Golf Course. Please come back and see us again soon!


"Golf in December?"


u720141814's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was great to be able to golf 2 days in a row in Michigan in December. The Highlands made that even better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/08/2015

We are happy the weather has been holding on for us! Thanks for choosing to golf at the Highlands


"Got a great rate at Golfnow.com"


biggeejack's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Nice course, nice people, but don't kid yourself, nothing like it used to be.<br/> Still nice to play. Nice tribute to my former golf mate Bill Hieble..Davenport College '66-67.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/17/2015

biggeejack, Thanks for reaching out and leaving us your feedback. We appreciate your business and welcome you back in the future!


"Horrible conditions ."


Tim2118741's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Horrible condition .Drove 1 1/2 hrs to play this course. Never again. The superintendent should be ashamed. Don't think they have run the sprinkler system all year. Rock hard and tore up. Don't waste your time. There are far better courses for the money in the Grand Rapids area.

Extremely Disappointed .


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course