“What DeVries has done is build a set of bunkers
that reflect the style of several master architects as
well as a touch of his own originality.” 


    Great Site, Wildlife, and Design
    Meet for Great Golf

    Set on a large tract of land 30 minutes north of a large city, Pilgrim”s Run is a lush parkland course with an interesting history.

    The challenge was to take the six different philosophies and blend them into a whole course. Superintendent Kris Shumaker and Mike DeVries did just that, with the result an amazing golf course that is affordable and fun for the public to play. Mike was able to work with the co-designers to adopt their ideas into golf holes and a routing that flows across the land. Then he built rolling greens and beautiful bunkers that tie into the natural landscape, accenting the ridges, rolls, woodlands, and beauty of the site. The bentgrass greens, tees, and fairways give the public golfer a rich playing surface and allow the feature shaping to stand out in this natural playland.

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    “But the ultimate committee project may be fourth-place Pilgrim’s
    Run Golf Club, north of Grand Rapids, Mich. After former superintendent Kris Shumaker drew up a routing, owner Bob
    Van Kampen (of Chicago’s Van Kampen Mutual Funds) invited
    six employees to design three holes apiece. Young golf architect
    Mike DeVries then designed the greens and bunkers and
    consulted on the building of the course.”

    -  RON WHITTEN, America’s Best New Courses, Golf Digest,
    December 1999, pg. 130.




    “DeVries’ secret? Simple: spending time on site and crafting
    each bunker by hand. And after the surrounds of the bunker
    are seeded, DeVries paints the final lines of the bunkers and cuts
    the edges himself. Billy Bell, who was largely responsible for
    the dynamic bunkers of Riviera and Bel-Air, used the same
    process when building those hazards."