Golf Courses in West Michigan That Won’t Cost You an Arm and a Leg
Summer is here, the weather is warm, and it’s officially golfing season. If you make your way to West Michigan, or are a resident here, this is a great sport to get into. Michigan is home to over 825 courses, the fourth highest in the nation. Naturally, West Michigan boasts a number of these. There are many private country clubs and public courses. We are going to focus on some of the more affordable courses. These are my favorite, as I can try many courses, with varying challenges and lengths, without breaking the bank. Using Groupon and GolfNow are resources that I use to help find some of the best golfing deals in Grand Rapids.
Arrowhead Golf Course
Cost: Mon-Fri $25 Sat-Sun $32
Deals: Mon-Fri $20 Sat-Sun $25
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Arrowhead is located just north of Lowell on the northeast edge of the greater Grand Rapids area. This 18 hole course is just over 6,000 yards and was built in 1963. This course features several turns and elevation changes. This requires a level of comfort with your clubs for great placement to keep your strokes low. Several of the holes open up and give you plenty of room to let ‘er rip. This course is well maintained and one of my favorites to play.
Gracewil Lawns Golf Course
Cost: Mon-Fri $22 Sat-Sun $22
Deals: Mon-Fri $14 Sat-Sun $20
Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5 Stars
Gracewil Lawns is one of those courses that looks alot easier than it actually is, depending on how well you can play. The course plays pretty straight, running back and forth along the fairways. The tricky part is keeping it on the fairways. They are fairly narrow and lined with trees that are quite difficult to play around if you have a bad drive. The greens are mild with few crazy slopes or angles. The course itself reminds me of an old apple orchard. One of the best aspects is that the course is very affordable. Also note that they offer 36 holes. The West and East courses each present their own challenges.
Lincoln Country Club
Cost: Mon-Fri $23 Sat-Sun $27
Deals: Mon-Fri $12 Sat-Sun $20
Average Rating: 3.0 out of 5 Stars
Lincoln is a course that I play quite often, usually at least once a month. This course offers some twists and turns, tight tree lines along the fairway, and plenty of birdie opportunities. This course is only 5,538 yards, but don’t let that fool you. You get several opportunities that allow you to tee off from elevated positions, but if you do not hit it straight you may be getting a new ball out. The par 3s are numerous and pretty short. Many of the fairways are in low areas so be careful if you go out after it rains. This is a pretty cheap course to play at good for practice, just don’t expect anything too special.
Cost: Mon-Fri $27.50 Sat-Sun $34
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars
Maple Hill is a pretty popular course in the area, but measures out at just 5,000 yards at par 70. This course has been here for quite a while and is well known for their extensive pro shop. This is good because the course was nothing special in my opinion. To their credit, we did get some heavy rain the day before, but the course was a complete swamp. Dried out it may have been better. The longest hole was a 459 yard par 5. Most of the holes averaged around 300 yards. It played rather easy with a few obstacles along the way. The biggest plus about this place is definitely their pro shop. In addition to their massive selection of clubs, apparel, and shoes, they offer a few other things. These extras include lessons, simulators, and a driving range.
Morrison Lake Golf Course
Cost: Mon-Fri $25 Sat-Sun $32
Deals: Mon-Fri $12 Sat-Sun $18
Average Rating: 4.1 out of 5 Stars
Morrison Lake is a sister course to Arrowhead. It is maintained quite well like Arrowhead but plays a little different. Just 5,600 yards, this course has some winding turns as well as wide open, grip and rip holes. The challenge lies in knowing where the green is, as it is hidden from view on several holes. After a couple rounds here, you become quite familiar with the course and it gets a bit easier. This course has a relaxing vibe with alot of regular players who live on the adjacent lake.
North Kent Golf Course
Cost: Mon-Fri $31 Sat-Sun $43
Deals: Mon-Fri $22 Sat-Sun $30
Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5 Stars
North Kent is located just outside of Rockford and reaches over 6,300 yards. This course is fun and strategically placed around beautiful scenery. There are some winding fairways, with hidden bunkers and a few water hazards. A couple holes have options to hit right over the water, but be careful, the distance can be deceptive. This is a great course for all skill levels and proves to give you quite interesting dilemas in your placement. This course is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the area.
Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club
Cost: Mon-Fri $59 Sat-Sun $69
Deals: Mon-Fri $36 Sat-Sun $39
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars
Pilgrim’s run is one of the nicest courses in West Michigan. The deals that are offered on this course are what made it in this list of affordable courses, getting nearly half off at certain times. This course has not only been ranked as a top Michigan course, but also as a top public course in the United States. This course provides plenty of challenges and beautiful scenery. They offer 6 different yardages to play from, allowing you to up your game as you get better. The most challenging of these is pushing 580 yards at the gold tees for a par 5. The Golds stretch a length of nearly 7,100 yards.
Quail Ridge Golf Club
Cost: Mon-Fri $53 Sat-Sun $60
Deals: Mon-Fri $30 Sat-Sun $32
Average Rating: 3.7 out of 5 Stars
Just outside of Ada, Quail Ridge is a course liked by people of all skill levels. Just under 7,000 yards, this course is very green and well maintained. There are several strategic bunker placements to make some your fairway shots a little more difficult in this mostly open course. Also be sure to check your score cards, some holes have water on the backside you are going to want to avoid. A little bit more expensive for this list, the deal prices are what catch my attention.
Cost: Mon-Fri $30 Sat-Sun $35
Deals: Mon-Fri $10 Sat-Sun $12
Average Rating: 3.6 out of 5 Stars
Coming in at just over 5,200 yards, Stormy Creek is a good course for those learning the game of golf. Don’t underestimate this course though. The wooded stretches throughout the course can be difficult to navigate. Sometimes it is worth laying up a shot instead of risking it getting lost in the trees. This course tends to stay quite busy so be sure to book a tee time. Also be aware of the back of the course where they are working on remodeling some of the holes.
Cost: Mon-Fri $34 Sat-Sun $39
Deals: Mon-Fri $23 Sat-Sun $25
Average Rating: 3.8 out of 5 Stars
Wallinwood is a solid 6,700 yard course with plenty of challenges. Watch out for the houses tight along the edge of your drive on some of the holes. Others obstacles include a stretch along the river, an island green, and playing over a lake from the tee. This course has over 30 bunkers as well. It may be due to how early I played the course, but the fairways were in rough shape. The grass was very thin and sparse with dead spots. For the what I paid, however, this course was well worth the difficult challenges it presents.
**costs listed are for 18 holes with a cart
**deals are listed at starting costs for specific tee times