Photo Gallery | Golfing in Grand Rapids - English Hills
As the Summer comes to a close, and Autumn is right around the corner, temperatures make golfing a little bit more enjoyable. Gone are the sweltering days with oppressive heat that make a good round of golf a chore. On the days when the weather turns, nostalgia sets in, and playing at a course that harkens back to golf's roots is what soothes the golfer's soul, finding a course to fulfill that need is not far away. English Hills Country Club fits that bill to perfection at a price the average golfer can handle.
Opened in 1973 with 9 holes, an additional 9 were added in 1985. The course operated with the full 18 until 2003 when the course was closed, redesigned, and re-opened in 2008. Admittedly, some areas of the course are a little rough (pardon the expression) where inconsistent types of grass can be found, and are most likely due to the re-routing of the holes. Golfers used to highly manicured fairways and rough that is as threatening as centerfield at Fifth-Third ballpark will be disappointed with this course. Most holes challenge the player to determine where the fairway ends and the rough begins. This by no means suggests that the grass is long and unkempt. Playing areas are very manageable befitting an enjoyable links style course. Greens are lively, undulating, and challenging without being overwhelming. The areas outside the fairways keep the guest focused on keeping the ball in play. Thick stands of trees line all of the fairways, water comes into play on many holes, and strategically placed bunkers guard the greens without getting in the way of good shots. All at a price that cannot be beat ($10 daily walking).
Head on over to 4 Mile and Alpine to experience what golf was originally intended, a challenge to a player, on a course carved out of an area, where shots are determined as much by natural obstacles as man-made ones.