Prichard / Photography by Michael Buck
is an appropriate description for the new
Diamond Springs Golf Course in Allegan
Partial owner and general manager Kris
Shumaker of Pilgrim’s Run fame again
consulted architect Mike DeVries to develop an affordable public 18-hole facility
that will mature to become one of the region’s finer courses.
Diamond Springs’ temperament can be traced
back to golf’s roots, when minimal acreage
was used and minimal equipment and personnel
were needed to maintain a quality course. The
result is a course where greens fees with cart
are below $50; where a person can walk 18 holes
without cardiac arrest; and where comments like, “Wow,
what a treat” are shared on the return
The opening, 392-yard par 4 sets the table for
a pleasurable experience. It’s here that
Shumaker’s philosophy meets the eye. Bluegrass
fairways and rough are gang-mowed from stem to
stern at one height, minimizing unplayable lies.
The par 4 sixth hole is the toughest challenge
on the front, measuring 472 yards from the back
tees with a fairway water hazard and an elevated
green that is sloped from back to front and guarded
by a cavernous bunker.
The par 5 eighth hole may well provide the easiest
birdie opportunity, measuring only 478 yards
from the championship tees. What better frame
of mind to be in as you prepare to make the turn.
Diamond Springs’ true character comes alive
on the back nine, with the most memorable holes
being 14-18. The spring-fed water of Miller Creek
was once said to be as clear as a diamond. Commerce
arose from this natural resource to spawn the
town of Diamond Springs. The late 19th century
sawmill is long gone, but the remnant ravine
makes for dramatic Michigan golf.
Diamond Springs on your “to play” list
this season with a call to (269) 751-4545.