“Finished in late 2015, Cape Wickham has bolted to the top of the attention list for world travelers seeking an authentic links course in a remote part of the world. DeVries, in tandem with Aussie golf writer Darius Oliver, has clearly made a bold statement that his course design profile is indeed rapidly accelerating.”
“When you drive into the Marquette Golf Club you’ll wind through the original course there, the Heritage, which is a great course in its own right, but a traditional layout on relatively benign terrain. After parking and checking in at the pro shop, you’ll drive five minutes or so to the first tee. On the way there, you’ll see a handful of holes from the Greywalls course and it quickly becomes evident that this course is nothing like its sister course, or like any other course you’ve seen. After winding through the forest and arriving at the first tee, you’ll look down the fairway to see Lake Superior several miles in the distance. While lake views are always nice, they are not the main attraction at Greywalls. The golf is so spectacular that it’s possible (though not likely) that one could play the entire round and not even notice the largest freshwater lake in the world out in front of them.”
“The upper peninsula of Michigan is often not thought of like a golf destination of the highest order but for those intrepid souls opting to venture a visit to the 36-hole complex at Marquette Golf Club is well worth the effort.Most notably, the Greywalls Course is a rollicking golf adventure capturing your attention right from the outset.”
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Andy Johnson, of The Fried Egg, writes about how craft beer upped the ante on beer flavor and that golf should do the same with our public and muni courses. The Mines and Founders Brewery are mentioned in the opening paragraphs – two of a kind in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
Golf Advisor has put out their Best of 2018 Lists, featuring Pilgrim’s Run as #5 in the country! Greywalls and Diamond Springs also join Pilgrim’s Run on Michigan’s Top 25 with Pilrgim’s Run also being chosen for friendliest staff!
Tony Paul of The Detroit News, called Pilgrim’s Run an “impressive hidden gem” in his review of the Golf Advisor ratings. Diamond Springs also gets a mention in other local highlights.
“I like mixing it up with architects. I can’t say how many exactly, but there are a number of good architects – people like Tom Doak, David Kidd, Coore-Crenshaw, Mike DeVries, Gil Hanse – and I like them competing with each other. I think it is a mistake to go with the same architect for all your courses.”
Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg wrote a “gushing” article about Diamond Springs.
“A great design has a way of uplifting your golfing soul. After walking 54 holes in a little over 28 hours, I didn’t expect to have one of those moments when we arrived at Diamond Springs Golf Course. Sure enough, two holes in, I was swiftly walking from green to tee, eager to see what was next.”
Pilgrim’s Run and The Mines are mentioned in the Grand Rapids edition of “Where to Golf Next.” Read the article to learn about other great courses in the area and where to go afterwards for a well deserved local craft beer.
Diamond Springs and Greywalls are highlighted, and the Mines and Pilgrim's Run are mentioned, in Michigan Golf Journal's Fall Tour section by Tom Lang. The list contains courses that allow you to soak in the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves while playing some great golf. Is there a better way to celebrate the changing seasons?
Three DeVries Designs’ courses are mentioned in Andy Johnson’s list of “Bang for your Buck: Michigan.” It features courses from across the state that all cost under $100 and have regular tee times for the public.
Golfweek came out with their latest rankings featuring 3 DeVries Designs courses.
Kingsley is 22nd in the Top 100 Modern
Greywalls is 82nd in the Top 100 Modern
Pilgrim’s Run is 12th in Michigan’s Top You Can Play
46. CAPE WICKHAM LINKS | King Island, Australia | 6,725 yards, par 72
American Mike DeVries and Australian golf writer Darius Oliver collaborated on a breathtaking site along Bass Strait, a notorious stretch of Australian seacoast that once shipwrecked many voyages. The routing on this glorious collection of holes is heart-pounding, starting along rocks and crashing surf, moving inland but not out of the wind, returning to ocean edge at the downhill 10th, pitch-shot 11th and drivable par-4 12th. It then wanders into dunes before a crescendo closing hole curving along Victoria Cove beach, which is in play at low tides.
Tom Lang wrote an article about Mike with a closer look into Greywalls and Diamond Springs.
"Like many golfers, course designer Mike DeVries of Traverse City is a huge fan of legendary designer Dr. Alister MacKenzie...DeVries grew up in Northern Michigan's Frankfort area, home of MacKenzie's masterpiece at Crystal Downs."