Grand Rapids’ Golf Scene Has Something for Everyone

Within 30 Minutes of Grand Rapids  

Boulder Creek Golf Club

Designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels, Boulder Creek is a par-72 course offering five separate tee box areas that play at almost 7,000 yards from the back tees and nearly 5,000 yards from the front tees.

One of several area courses designed by golf architect Mike DeVries, Boulder Creek is rated four stars by Golf Digest. TwoGuysWhoGolf.com notes the course’s “diverse terrain and wonderful conditioning and exquisite landscaping from tee to green.” Spring 2022 rates range from $25 for nine holes with a cart on weekdays to $49 for 18 holes with a cart on weekends.

Cedar Chase Golf Club

Golf architect W. Bruce Matthews III designed Cedar Chase with tree-lined bent grass fairways, elevated tees, Scottish-like roughs and bunkers, and spacious, undulating greens. It’s a taste of “up north” Michigan golf just 25 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.

This par-72 course offers five sets of tees and measures 7,100 yards from the championship (black) tees. It has hosted a US Open qualifier and was ranked in the top 30 in a Golf World Reader’s Choice Awards poll. Summer 2021 rates ranged from $25 for nine holes and a cart on weekdays to $50 for 18 holes and a cart on weekends and holidays.

The Falls at Barber Creek

Built on a 230-acre family homestead, The Falls welcomes golfers of all skill levels to a challenging track featuring dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking scenery, handmade stone structures and a 40-foot waterfall. Tees are traditional bentgrass and fairways are bluegrass.

The par-72 course features three sets of tees and plays more than 6,000 yards from the longest one. 2022 rates range from $28 for nine holes and a cart on weekdays to $50 for 18 holes and a cart on weekends, with discounts for seniors (60+) and juniors (17 and under).

The Meadows Golf Club

Located on the campus of Grand Valley State University, The Meadows was designed by environmentally forward golf architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan. The course is ranked #7 in the Top 25 College Golf Courses in the U.S. and #18 in the state of Michigan by Golf Advisor. It has hosted multiple NCAA National Championships and dozens of Michigan High School State Championships.

The par-72 course features five sets of tees and plays as long as 7,060 yards, with a rotation of holes that throws a little bit of everything at golfers – including wetlands and well-bunkered greens. Summer 2021 rates ranged from $23 for nine holes without a cart on weekdays to $54 for 18 holes with a cart on weekends.

The Mines Golf Course

Situated just five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, The Mines is built 150 feet above old gypsum mines. Features of the mines and the mining process were used in the construction of the course, and the water used to irrigate the course is pumped directly from the mines.

Another Mike DeVries design, The Mines is a par-70 course that measures 6,701 yards, with a slope of 137. It offers four sets of tees for different skill levels and is quite hilly. “It’s pure fun,” raves TheFriedEgg.com. Fall 2021 rates ranged from $24 for nine holes and a cart on weekdays to $45 for 18 holes and a cart on weekends, with discounts for seniors (60+) and twilight times.

The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

A panoramic view of the beautiful Thornapple River provides the backdrop for Thornapple Pointe, which features bentgrass fairways and impeccably groomed tees and greens. Winding along 7,000 feet of river frontage, the expansive 18-hole, par 72 course guides you over gently rolling hills, through hardwood-lined fairways and near three enchanting wetlands.

Designed by Bill Newcomb, Thornapple Pointe offers five sets of tees with a maximum distance of 6,821 yards. Fall 2021 rates ranged from $32 for nine holes with a cart on weekdays to $49 holes with a cart on weekends and holidays. Senior, junior and twilight discounts are available.