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By Randy Prichard / Photography by Michael Buck

Uniquely different is an appropriate description for the new Diamond Springs Golf Course in Allegan County.

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 trip home.

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.

Put Diamond Springs on your “to play” list this season with a call to (269) 751-4545.

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