Michigan Golf Journal Fall Tour

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? 

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Check out their September issue and set up your tee time today!

Greywalls: 906-225-0721

Diamond Springs: 269-751-4545

Mines: 616-791-7544

Pilgrim's Run: 888-533-7742

Golf Digest Ranks Cape Wickham #46 in New International List


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.

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Mike featured on Feed the Ball podcast!

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.”

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Kingsley Club featured in The Fried Egg's Newsletter

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.


Cape Wickham Links: The Treasure of King Island

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."

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Brad Becken mentions Siwanoy on 'Morning Drive'

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.

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Pilgrim’s Run noted for its rare par 73 design

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...

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GOLF's 2017-18 ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World

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.

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Kingsley Club ranked 110th in USA by Golf Magazine


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.

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First PGA Championship Host Siwanoy Country Club Restores its Roots

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.

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