The HighlandsThe Highlands

The Highlands
2715 Leonard St NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Kent County

Phone(s): (616) 453-1504
Fax: (616) 453-1504

The Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids is one of West Michigan's premier golfing facilities. Dating back to the early 1900s, the course is a classic Donald Ross layout. Over the years it has hosted a number of PGA and LPGA events and has been played by big names including Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, and Jack Nicklaus. The golf course has a timeless design that is subtly deceptive but not overly punishing. It provides a good test while still remaining approachable for beginners. There isn't any water on the course but mature trees line the fairways and there are several strategically placed bunkers to avoid. In the century that the golf course has been open, Highlands has gained a following among locals not only for the quality of the round but also the affordable rates.

The Highlands
1.5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews)
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A view of a tee at The HighlandsA view of a green at The HighlandsA spring view of a fairway at Highlands Golf ClubA view from Highlands Golf ClubAerial view of Highlands Golf Club

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Donald Ross, Tom Bendelow
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Year opened: 1908
  • Golf Season: Open: 3/01 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 - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $15 - $35
  • Weekends: $15 - $40

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Shorts shall be no shorter than mid-thigh - no cutoffs, "short shorts," running or athletic shorts, or swim trunks. Denim jeans and athletic or sweat pants are NOT permitted.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Red 75 5487 123 72.7
White 71 6235 128 70.2
Blue 72 6519 133 71.5
Gold 75 5454 0 0
Pink 75 5249 0 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • The Highlands
    1 stars out of 5
    by Gary M.
    on July 15th, 2016 18:59
    Played here last week, and I'll never be back.

    The course was extremely dried out to almost drought conditions. Management should spend money turning the sprinklers on instead of on gps systems on the carts. It was inexpensive but not at all worth the headache of playing through hard packed dirt on the fairways. Also beware of the old cranky regulars that like to play ahead of their tee time and then complain when politely asked to allow an earlier tee time to tee off.
  • The Highlands
    1 stars out of 5
    by Steve G
    on July 01st, 2016 16:22
    Horrible - its July and last years annuals have yet to be trimmed. Do not waste your time or money - this is not well maintained.
  • The Highlands
    1 stars out of 5
    by david evans
    on August 12th, 2015 10:16
    born 1908 died 2016 was looking forward to playing a Donald Ross course and a venue where Senior PGA events were held The 3 hour drive and anticipation were shattered off the first tee . The bones are bleaching in the sun . fairways burnt an bare ground even cracked in spots , Greens were green in spots but cratered like the face of the moon the ball bounced to the hole like it was in a roulette wheel . The staff was friendly

    Practice range teeing area no grass just dirt

    No water containers on the course

    If only it could be made a historical sight, or some wealthy golfer invest in it . The land/ layout is fantastic. The Fairways , Traps , Greens terrible. . May it rest in peace
  • The Highlands
    1 stars out of 5
    by Nick
    on February 02nd, 2015 10:30
    I had a membership there last summer and started the year excited to be part of the Highlands. I had a student discount so I was pretty excited about the good deal they gave me for a membership (500$). It was a HUGE waste of my money. Between the staff, the on average 3 hour round to play 9 holes, and the inconsistency of the course, it was awful.

    First off, non-members can walk 9 holes for 10$. 10$!!!! This will get your people in jeans, your people in tee-shirts, and their friends who have never golfed before to come out and play for the first time. This along with the fact that they set their tee-times 6-7 minutes apart allows for most waits to get off the first tee to on average 15-25 minutes and sometimes 45 minutes+. Secondly, I would like to address the course. The most pitch marks in the greens and divots in the fairways I have ever seen and played all 2014 season. The quality of the course has a direct correlation with the skill level of the golfers that play there. When people do not know what they are doing addressing the play of the game, they will be ignorant to the common courtesy of the game. Finally the staff. They are very unorganized and do not know how to run a golf course. When I signed up in February of 2014, I was promised 100$ pro-shop credit, guest passes, and a number of other perks with my membership. With the exception of a couple guest passes, I got nothing else. I ordered a putter from them and they never did anything about it. Kept saying that they would "get right on it", but they never did and then the season ended. It really is a shame when the employees are not willing to help at all. One more thing the staff did that drove me up a wall was at the end of the year when they were going to have a Club Championship. I had signed up for it 2 weeks prior to the event and was excited to play with some of the other members of the Highlands. When the day finally came (in September), I woke up that Saturday morning and headed to the course. To my surprise there were only a few cars in the parking lot. I went in and asked what was going on and their response was that it was cancelled because people had called and cancelled due to the cold weather. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? No email? No phone call? I wasted my Saturday morning by waking up early for them to tell me that the event was cancelled.

    Overall, my 2014 was awful and I hope this helps someone who is debating whether or not they want to sign up for a membership like I did. Overall, the course is worth playing, but play it a few times a year for 10-20 bucks per visit rather then wasting your money on a membership where all they will do is make your season miserable.
  • The Highlands
    4 stars out of 5
    by Dave L.
    on April 08th, 2011 23:10
    This course was a former stop for the Senior PGA TOUR. I can see why. Absolutely beautiful!
    This formerly private course still has everything you'd expect from a private club. Staff is very helpful, and the course is challenging and relaxing at the same time.
    A few missing features (such as long driving range, missing or damaged spike cleaners) keep this course from a higher rating.
    Still a must play in the GR area!
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