Prairie's Golf Club first opened for play in 1908.
Prairie's Golf Club measures 6,523 yards from the Blue tees, 6,200 yards from the White tees and 5,463 yards from the Red tees.
$21 (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2019 at 9:30 AM
First weekend of the year that it's 60 degrees and sunny.......golfers are out in force. Being Western Michigan University is close by, this is one of the better conditioned, lower priced ($25 18hole w/cart) Link designed tracks you can play and still be challenged. The new score card has four (4) tee selections, Blue 3,282/3,063yds / 70.5 / 129 Par 36/35 down to Red 2,715/2,482yds / 70 / 123 so everyone can enjoy their level of play. (We chose Blues) Played here about 22 years ago when my boys attended WMU and didn't remember all the fairway/green-side sand traps that I found today. The Front 9 starts out with #1 429yd Par 4 dogleg left with a sand trap protecting the corner, 250yd to clear, I didn't. The #2 201yd Par 3, into the SW wind is well protected by three (3) traps, so keep that sand wedge handy. The rest of the holes play fairly open, just look for the scattered trees/bunkers and decided what side to favor on that tee shot. The #9 514yd Par 5 have sand traps spaced equally for your landing areas and SW wind is a helper for those extra carries needed. The Back 9 starts out with #10 Hcp 4 an 373yd Par 4 into the wind with more trees and rolling fairways are the signs of things to come. Rest of the holes throw in more un-even lies, more trees, uphill approach shots, hidden green-side sand traps doing their job. Great finishing #18 536yd Par 5 hole with the SW wind at your donkey, if you stay in the middle. Conditions today were as very good for April, with greens soft and rolling smooth/true for the pack house they had today. Our foursome finished 3.5hrs later there were two (2) groups on every hole, with groups lined up, ready to start. Ended up shooting 40/38 w/33putts on this first day being 60+ degrees and an Great start of golf season in Michigan.
$21 (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2014 at 10am
Picked this course because it was close to where I was staying on vacation. Front nine sucks you in with flatish open fairways, but beware the back nine. Up and down with narrower fairways. Good course and well maintained. Mowers stop when you get ready to hit! How many times have you ever seen that on a public course?
$21 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2010 at 2pm
Pretty good course, not a great layout but well conditioned.
$10 (cart included), played on Friday, June 2007 at 6pm
Probably the nicest conditioned course in Kalamazoo. This course suffered a few years ago due to the former management group, but the new guys have really come on strong! The maintenance crew had their hands full but has brought this course back from the depths of being compared to a cow pasture. The course is deceptively tough for middle handicappers, gives the seniors and forward tee players a break while still not dumbing down the course and still has a challenge for better golfers. The restaurant has some of the best pizza in town, don't leave without trying it.
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