Katke GCFerris State University Katke Golf Course

Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
1003 Perry Avenue
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Mecosta County

Phone(s): (231) 591-3765
Fax: (231) 591-2135
Website: katkegolf.com

Ferris State University's Katke Golf Course is perched atop the highest point in Mecosta County, overlooking miles of rolling countryside. The course has a traditional layout with a rather surprising amount of elevation changes. It remains walkable but the subtly tricky undulations will make it a rigorous workout. Nearly all of the tees and greens are at least slightly elevated. There are more than 40 bunkers strategically placed along the greensides and landing zones and water hazards come into play on six holes. The golf course has a few unique features coming into play as well. Examples include two of the tougher par-3 holes -- there is a wood-walled bunker on the sixth and a rock retaining wall that edges the pond in front of the green on the eighth. Katke Golf Course is a local favorite, known for being one of the best values in the area.

Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 3 reviews)
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A view of the fairway at Katke Golf CourseA view of the green at Katke Golf Course

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Robert Beard
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1974
  • Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes - up to 14 days in advance
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes - $10
  • Rental carts: Yes - $10 - $15

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Gentlemen must wear shirts with sleeves, short or long, pants or shorts, but not cut-offs. A ladies shirt must have sleeves if it does not have a collar.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Gold 72 4845 0 0
Championship 72 6900 0 0
Crimson 72 6377 0 0
Silver 72 5830 0 0
D.O.G. Tee 72 2354 0 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Ken
    on May 20th, 2016 17:47
    Course has been steadily upgraded every year, and it is great condition. Staff is very friendly. This course can be as challenging as wanted because of the tees.
  • Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Dave
    on June 16th, 2015 19:01
    Well maintained and the staff was very friendly.
  • Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
    2 stars out of 5
    by Dave L.
    on April 08th, 2011 23:02
    Course isn't very challenging, and there's a surprising lack of tee variety for a college course (played with wife and friends of varying skill).
    Decently maintained, but there were many people on the course not observing proper etiquette, and the staff didn't seem to care. On that note, staff could have been friendlier, too.
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