GAM’s Must-Play: Pilgrim’s Run Produces Pleasure
PIERSON -- Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club has been known to lower blood pressure. It’s quiet, serene, picturesque and pleasant, and that’s just on the drive to the clubhouse.
“I think the visiting golfer is going to find we have great customer service, which is extremely important to us, and I also think they are going to realize after the round that they received value in the quality of the product,” said Jeff O’Malley, director of golf at the public facility located about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids and just a few minutes west of U.S. 131 at the Sand Lake exit.
Pilgrim’s Run opened its 18 holes of championship golf in 1998, and has been a hit with golfers since.
“We have four sets of tees which can make it very playable and yet very challenging, and there is just this quietness to it,” O’Malley said. “We’re away from the hustle and bustle, it’s a natural setting and design and you can simply enjoy golf.”
The course, designed by Kris Schumacker and Mike DeVries (DeVries Designs, Inc.), is spread across 400 acres of pure rolling Michigan terrain.
“We’re a rarity in that there is no real-estate,” O’Malley said. “It’s 400 acres of nature and golf. You see deer and turkeys, and you play a well-designed golf course of great beauty.”
The staff at Pilgrim’s Run is planning a careful spring opening after a long winter.
“Our ownership always wants to provide a quality product, so we will hold off until we are sure we have a very playable condition,” O’Malley said.
Golf Digest has given the course a 4 ½ - star rating. The green settings are varied, challenging and dramatic in some places. The maximum yardage is 7,093 yards, and the front tee positions play to 4,863 yards. Par is 73 with six par 4 holes on the back nine.
Playing fees range depending on the time of season from $39 to $65 per golfer for 18 holes with a cart, and several special packages and senior rates are also available at www.pilgrimsrun.com
In addition to O’Malley, assistant PGA professional Andrew Radle is on staff with a full offering of service and instruction. Ken Hunt is the golf superintendent, and Jason Marquardt is his assistant. They are known for maintaining quality playing conditions through the season.
Put 11401 Newcosta Ave., Pierson, 49339, in your GPS application to find Pilgrim’s Run. Call 231-937-7505 for more information. Tell them the GAM sent you.
Hole No. 6, a 483-yard par 5, is named Vainglory.
Hole No. 17, a 357-yard par 4, is named Narrow Way.
Hole No. 18, a 358-yard par 4, is named Entice.