Golf is considered a gentlemen's game because of its emphasis on proper etiquette, color-coordinated outfits, and the removal of all brass knuckles and inflatable billy clubs before competition. Engage in refined recreation with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 18 holes of golf for two and cart rental at The Highlands Golf Club (up to a $114 value depending on season and day of the week).
Designed in 1908 by influential course architect Donald Ross, The Highlands' 18 holes have hosted numerous PGA Senior Tour events and been graced by such illustrious names as Nicklaus, Palmer, Watson, Hogan, and Snead. The Highlands maintains a manicured playground playable by all but the most made-up of ball-walloping abilities. Links-loving tandem teams will take on tight, tree-lined fairways and lightning-fast greens as they cart from one challenging hole to the next, avoiding any mile-long sandtrap worms along the way.
The Highlands Golf Club
When describing his approach to designing a golf course, renowned course architect Donald Ross said "a golf course should be subtly deceptive, rather than unduly penalizing," a philosophy he put to work in 1908, when he crafted the 18-hole course at The Highlands Golf Club. Measuring 6,519 yards from the tips, the course offers a fair test for golfers across the handicap spectrum while still supplying enough challenges to attract legendary golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Hogan, who played the course when it was a fixture on the Senior PGA Tour. Strategically placed bunkers and fairway-hugging tree lines that cast shadows resembling golfers' fears loom throughout the course, but its most memorable challenge awaits at the 14th hole—a long par 5 that doglegs left and ends with a forced carry over a pond and onto the green.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross
- Length of 6,519 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 71.5 from back tees
- Slope rating of 133 from back tees
- Five tee options
2715 Leonard St. NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504