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?
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."
DeVries sits down with Feed the Ball to discuss the wonderful provocations of Pete Dye, the devastating effect of higher green speeds, working long summer days at Crystal Downs, the “billion” holes that existed on the Cape Wickham property, which hole at Wickham he thinks is one of the coolest in the world, working with a young Tom Doak, the skills of Tom Fazio, not being a member of the ASGCA, owning one of the rare original Sand Hills t-shirts, and the person to whom he’s passing the crown of “most underrated architect.”
On the Skillet: Kingsley Club - 12th - par 4 - 455/425/325 yards
Sometimes the hardest skill for an architect to master is restraint. The tendency is to put design more features than less when laying out a hole or a course. In some ways, golf course design follows the adage "less is more."
Kingsley Club in Northern Michigan is a modern marvel of minimalist architecture. Architect Mike DeVries moved only 30,000 yards of cubic dirt to construct the course. That's a fraction of a normal course. The minuscule amount is jawdropping when compared to Whistling Straits which moved over 1 million tons of earth! Kingsley's sandy soil and fescue fairways promote firm and fast conditions and highlight the natural land.
Golf course photographer, Jacob Sjoman, wrote an article about his recent trip to Cape Wickham.
"Cape Wickham Links was finished late in 2015 by American golf architect Mike DeVries and Australian golf writer Darius Oliver. It was ranked the 24th greatest golf course in the world by Golf Digest (U.S.) in 2016. As a newcomer, it’s very rare to receive a ranking that high, and the course was one of the real highlights in our golf trip."
Siwanoy’s 6th hole is noted as a typical short par 3 Ross hole on the Golf Channel by Brad Becken, board member of the Donald Ross Society, during 2017’s Design Week on the Morning Drive show. This is a high honor, since the greensite was actually moved and rebuilt in 2014 during the latter phases of the course’s restoration by Mike DeVries, one of only four greens on the course that are not original Ross greens.
"Tucked just west of Highway 131 that you take from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo is a little gem of a public course that you might not have heard about. But locals know the deal, just $30 on a weekend with a cart, is as good of a value as you'll find in the country for a quality, fun golf course." --SH
Andy Johnson, from The Fried Egg, wrote this in their latest newsletter...
"Last week I checked out Kingsley Club in Northern Michigan. Set on a magnificent property, architect Mike DeVries moved very little dirt. The routing emphasizes the great aspects of the property. Here is a video of Kingsley with Mike talking about how he routed the memorable 2nd-6th holes."
The Pilgrim's Run Golf Club in Pierson, Mich., only has three par 3s as well. It became a par 73 when architects Kris Shumaker and Mike DeVries made the 10th hole a short par 4 instead of a par 3. Four par 4s shorter than 330 yards from the blue tees make up for that missing par 3, providing ample opportunities for birdie, including the dramatic 322-yard, risk-reward finishing hole...
72. Cape Wickham
King Island, Tasmania, Australia, Mike DeVries/Darius Oliver, 2015
Without a doubt the most spectacular-looking of our Top 100 rookies, Wickham wows with an opening stretch of seaside headland holes, three par 3s that skirt the sea and a "Cape"-style 18th that demands a bite-off-as-much-as-you-dare drive over Victoria Cove. Typically buffeted by strong breezes, Wickham compensates with wide landing areas.
BUBBLE COURSES: TOP 100 IN THE U.S.
101. Quail Hollow, Charlotte, N.C.
102. Crooked Stick, Carmel, Ind.
103. White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake, Minn.
104. The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio
105. Country Club of Fairfield, Fairfield, Conn.
106. Lawsonia (Links), Green Lake, Wis.
107. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands), Duluth, Ga.
108. Wykagyl, New Rochelle, N.Y.
109. Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.
110. The Kingsley Club, Kingsley, Mich.
111. Gamble Sands, Brewster, Wash.
112. Canterbury, Cleveland, Ohio
113. Kapalua (Plantation), Maui, Hawaii
114. Wannamoisett, Rumford, R.I.
115. Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colo.
Golf courses undergo renovations all the time. But a true restoration of an elite, Golden Age golf course is special.
The definition of the word restoration is to bring back into existence or to reestablish. For a restoration there must have been quality in existence already – something to go back to; an innate and organic beauty that is long forgotten but subliminally apparent and silently shouting to be let out of its cage.
Art exists in many forms; paint on canvass, sculptured marble, a majestic building. It exists as dance and music and food. Art can be ever present and fleeting. And it’s not always a thing of beauty that inspires, delights and uplifts. It can be confrontational, disturbing, emotionally challenging. So too golf for all the same reasons, is an art form...