Golf Club has built a reputation as “The
place where golf is fun.” Now, it
has nine additional reasons to support
for its well groomed 18 holes and Friday
scramble format, Scott Lake has opened
up another dimension for West Michigan
golfers with its new South 9.
be fooled by the name designation. The
South 9, which opened in 1998, plays more
like a “Northern 9.”
It has a distinct Northern Michigan
feel to it complete with elevated tees, ravines
and valleys, wetlands, rolling mounds, hardwoods
“ People who play it say
that it reminds them of courses up north,” Scott
Lake general manager Jeff Hoag Sr. says.“There’s
not another nine like it in Grand Rapids.”
Designed by Jeff Gorney, the
layout of Scott Lake’s South 9 is superb.
The views are dramatic. Best of all, it is only
minutes away from downtown Grand Rapids and the
greens fees are in line with the West 9 and East
9 at Scott Lake.
“ It is a special nine holes,
no question,” Hoag said. “But it’s
critical to us to still give our customers great
value. “ It has certainly provided us with
the availability of more tee times. It’s
like allowing our customers to go up north without
emptying their wallets.”
With a natural topography similar
to that of northern Michigan courses, a lot of
target golf is required. It is not as forgiving
as Scott Lake’s other 18 holes, but it
is not overly difficult to play, either.
“ Because the wetlands come
into play, it can be more difficult for the less-skilled
golfer,” Hoag said. “But you don’t
have to be a hero on every shot. You just have
to hit good golf shots.”
The first two holes will make
someone forget that this is Kent County. From
the tunnel underneath the road to the first tee,
to the wetlands that come into play before the
first green, to the elevated tee shot hovering
over the 170-yard, par-3 at No. 2, The South
9 seems like a “North 9.” Wetlands
offset No. 3 with hardwoods emerging on the fourth
and fifth holes, providing exhilarating views
of the course. The rest of the course sets up
much the same way — with elevated tee shots,
wetlands and rolling valleys with an undulating
green at No. 9.
Hint: take time to review the
course guide provided when playing it for the
“ Our customers just love
playing that nine,” Hoag beams.
The 2,931-yard, South 9 will
create a different 18-hole rotation during the
week for those who play Scott Lake, providing
patrons with a pleasant change of scenery.
For those who want to play a
straight, honest golf course that has long been
a favorite in West Michigan, Scott Lake’s
East 9 (3,070 yards) and West 9 (3,282 yards)
remain competitive and in excellent shape.
Those 18 holes are the centerpiece
for one of the area’s largest and longest
running competitive tournaments: Scott Lake’s
Two-Person Friday Scramble. It allows golfers
to compete for prizes in an 18-hole tournament
with cart for a cost lower than many greens fees
in the area.
“ We’ve been very
successful with that format and it has provided
a niche for the golfing community,” Hoag
And now with a South 9 that takes
people “up north,” Scott Lake is
fulfilling yet another niche for West Michigan.