Forest Akers GC - WestWest Course at Forest Akers MSU

West Course at Forest Akers MSU
3535 Forest Rd - Michigan State Univ
East Lansing, Michigan 48910
Ingham County

Phone(s): (517) 355-1635
Fax: (517) 432-2407
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Forest Akers boasts two of Michigan's top public golf courses, the West and the East. They are home of Michigan State University's men's and women's golf teams. The West Course originally opened in 1958, but in 1992 it underwent a major renovation by MSU alum and renowned architect Arthur Hills. It has been recognized as one of the country's top 100 golfing values. The golf course has a gently rolling terrain that is walker friendly but still provides some subtle challenges. Mature willows, pines, and hardwoods line the fairways and there are more than 50 sand bunkers strategically placed throughout and especially along the fairways. The finishing hole of the course is one of its most demanding, but also one of it's most scenic. This par 4 is a dogleg left with a pond on the left side as well as deep greenside traps.

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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Arthur Hills, Arthur Hills, Bruce Matthews, Chris Wilczynski, Jerry Matthews, Spencer Holt
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1958
  • Golf Season: Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/01
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bent Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Black 72 7013 141 75.3
Silver 72 5012 114 65.5
Green 72 6412 137 71.7
White 72 5694 127 68.6
Fossum 72 5307 127 66.5
Black (W) 72 7013 154 81.9
Green (W) 72 6412 140 77.8
White (W) 72 5694 134 73.6
Fossum (W) 72 5307 129 71.3
Silver (W) 72 5012 126 69.8

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