Review: Kingsley Club Golf Course, MI
The easiest way to describe Kingsley Club is a parkland links style course. It is all set on some rolling, wooded terrain in west central MI. The fescue turf is firm and fast, the greens are severely undulated and the roughness of the bunkering and terrain make it very different from 99% of US courses. The location feels very much out in the middle over nowhere even though Traverse City, MI is only 15 miles away and the little town of Kingsley is just a couple miles down the road.
The pictures show most of the story at Kingsley Club. The course is PHENOMENAL!! This actually happened to be my second time here and I thoroughly love this place. The firm and fast conditions really do make golf more fun, even when at times there are frustrations too when a perfect shot turns out poorly. Every hole is memorable at Kingsley Club. The 1st is a great starting par 5. Simply majestic and massive yet requiring accuracy to be played properly. The par 3s are simply out of this world with their variety of distance, their bunkering and unique green complexes. The par 4s vary in length and challenge. The finishing hole of the front 9 maybe on the best holes anywhere in terms of variety. This par 3 can play from about 180* of different angles. There are multiple tee boxes each offering a completely different angle into this green.
The back 9 doesn’t disappoint on a single hole either. It has a few more trees that come into play, but still offers a fairly open “linksy” feel. The 12th and 13th are wonderful back to back holes. The downhill long par 4 12th is stunning with its little green, while the short 13th is tricky, even though it is drivable. The severe undulation of this massive green could lead to a 4 putt, even after driving the green. The 16th-18th holes close out one memorable round. The long par 3 16th can be hard to judge the bounces your ball will take in order to keep it on the green. Short and right is typically going to be the play. The 17th green can cause your ball to roll back down into the fairway and quite a ways down the hill. The final hole has a little secret by the tee box in the stone wall to calm your nerves on this narrowing finishing hole.
For more information: www.kingsleyclub.com
+Firm and fast
+Undulated and smooth greens
+All about the golf
+18 memorable holes
+Private but limited outside access
–Kind of in the middle of nowhere