Grand Rapids, Michigan
About Grand RapidsSunset over the blue waters of Lake Michigan can be one of the unexpected thrills for first-time visitors to the west coast of the Wolverine State. Another is the rich golf scene as Grand Rapids and its environs boast a vast collection of upscale courses and low-priced gems. Couple that with the city's eclectic mix of reasonably priced restaurants and night spots, and Grand Rapids offers tremendous value as an under-the-radar golf destination.
Among courses to consider are high-end Thousand Oaks Golf Club (Rees Jones), modern downtown attraction The Mines, spectacular muni L.E. Kauffman Golf Course, and moderately priced but magnificently conditioned Pilgrim's Run Golf Club, voted the favorite place to play by readers of the Grand Rapids Press.
Tullymore Golf Club, an hour to the north, has been ranked as high as no. 15 on the Golf Digest list of top 100 publics. Built into the dunes near Lake Michigan are Grand Haven, formerly called the "Pine Valley of the Midwest," and local-favorite Diamond Springs Golf Course. Closer to Grand Rapids, The Highlands is a Donald Ross classic that hosted a PGA Senior Tour event from 1983-93. The Meadows at Grand Valley State University Golf Course is a quality college track.
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Come and experience our private Robert Trent Jones designed course in a welcoming, serene atmosphere. Our Stay and Play cottages can be rented by the day, week or longer. Dine at our clubhouse, dive into the pool, enjoy tennis and pickle ball or relax on the patio. We’re also just minutes from the beautiful, sandy shores of Lake Michigan! Home of the 2019 Western Amateur.
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Matt Ginella ventures to the Cradle of American Golf in the North Carolina Sandhills to experience the infamous U.S. Open venue Pinehurst No. 2. He also visits with the architect of The Cradle, Gil Hanse, and tours the home of Donald Ross among other off-course highlights. And no trip is complete without a spin around the new Cradle short course. Watch the full episode of Golf Advisor Round Trip: Pinehurst.