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."
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.