Grand Rapids Golf Blog

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Golf Course on a Gypsum Mine

Public Golf Course Opens on Old Grand Rapids Mine Site
Matt Campbell
Updated: 8/19/2005 7:11:55 PM

Grand Rapids - A new public golf course opened today on Grand Rapids'
southwest side - on the site of an old gypsum mine.

The owners made that heritage alive in its name - calling it The Mines Golf

The facility at Covell Avenue and O'Brien Road took up the site, which was
once considered as a zoo expansion site

The Mines Golf Course, Grand Rapids (public). Opening: July.
Although only five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, the former gypsum
excavation that took place here thirty years ago gave rise to unique landforms
and elevation changes normally associated with courses in northern Michigan.

Also uncommon is the shared fairway between the fifth and ninth holes, a vast
greensward uninterrupted by trees or rough. Salvaged mine-shaft timbers serve
as directional signs, and other relics adorn the clubhouse.

Architect: Mike DeVries. Yardage: 6,744. Par: 70. Greens Fees: $45-$50. Tee
Times: 616-791-7544


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