The West at Forest Akers Golf Course

4.4050058824 4.4 stars from 5 (117)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7013 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.0
  • Layout

  • 3535 Forest Rd - Michigan State Univ, East Lansing, Michigan 48910, Ingham County
  • (517) 355-1635
  • (517) 432-2407
  • www.golf.msu.edu

Year built: 1958
Architect(s): Bruce Matthews (1958), Arthur Hills (1992)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7013 yards 74.0 137
Green 72 6429 yards 71.7 130
White 72 5858 yards 68.6 127
Fossum 72 5583 yards 67.3 119
Red (W) 72 5278 yards 65.5 114

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 117 Reviews
5 stars:
57
4 stars:
50
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

111 out of 117 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is on a college campus convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers narrow fairways undulating greens  

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Reviews


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"West Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played West Course first time, fairways are in good condition, greens were quick rolled true to your line, staff was extremely helpful in making this 1st timer feel like a home course experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



plduskin's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wonderful"


EShrote's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I live in Ga work in Lansing. As I was walking down what in my opinion the most beautiful fairway I've ever played on, it occurred to me. Holy smokes, bent grass fairways!! In Ga we can't keep or Bent Grass greens due to the heat and here it all was, beautiful bent grass everywhere! The greens, wonderful. The pace, heck, our threesome couldn't play fast enough to keep up with the 4 some in front of us and the twosome behind us couldn't keep up with us. From the 5 hour round I experience at my own club in Ga, sub 4 hour round was like finding a new animal species! The West course has it's own Android GPS at with free download. So, even another bonus. Wonderful. I can't add a 5th star just in case I get o play Pebble Beach someday.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



RG85E5A31676531B9C92's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"It's About Time"


Kirby8290696's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
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Reviewed on

Great challenging course with excellent fairways. Greens were soft and easy to attack. Here in Michigan from Georgia and can't wait to play this course again!


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


"Gorgeous, hilly course"


VictorLambert's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Forest Akers West is a gorgeous, hilly course. No hole layout at the tees, but a small map on the scorecard.

West is the course that sells alcohol during play from a cart (via the University Club). No alcohol sales at the clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u00000984765's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Kirby8290696's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"It's About Time"


Kirby8290696's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best courses that I have had the chance to play since moving to Michigan about a year ago! Awesome staff and course! Can't wait to play again this week!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course, bad cust svc at times"


urklnme's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Its a saturday, snack shop closed. No mention of it from pro shop staff. On SATURDAY NO DRINKS,SNACKS, FRUIT, ETC AVAILABLE. Put up a sign, sell water and a few basic snacks from the pro shop.....SOMETHING!

THE COURSE IS AWESOME.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



u2947865's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Awesome Course!"


BelowAverageGolfer69's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in impeccable shape! All morning tee times were blocked off until 11 for maintenance and you could tell they really take pride in that course. It was in the best shape I had ever seen it! I would definitely reccomend playing a round on the West course!


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



uNTQV5356NT's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The West at Forest Akers Golf Course on 05/03/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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 04/03/2018

Thanks u375317605 for the 5 star review. We are always trying to encourage our team to keep up the good work so please let us know if there was anything that stuck out while you were here. Go Green!


"Really, white tees AND silver-white tees?"


capassa's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I could see what looked like the white tees so drove up to them only to be fooled SEVERAL times as I saw that they were the silver-white tees that looked nearly exactly like the white tees until you stepped out of the cart and got within 10 feet of them.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/03/2018

Thanks capassa for the 5 star review. Your insight about the color of the tee markers will be taken under advisement. Go Green!


"MSU course"


u00000701476's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has undergone a complete renovation (by alumnus Arthur Hills) since I last played there years ago.

I really enjoyed playing here and I highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/03/2018

Thanks for the 4-star review u00000701476! Welcome back, we are happy you enjoyed playing here and let's try to get out here again this year. Go Green!


"Love this course"


MarvelousJ's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Perfect day for golf and the course was in great condition! Had the best 9 of the year with the back 9 a reminder to keep practicing.

I look forward to the next time I am in the area to stop in and play!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/03/2018

Thanks for the 5-star review MarvelousJ! We love this review. So happy you caught us on a great condition day for your best 9 of the year. Go Green!



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