Kingsley Club in Michigan gains national attention as a modern golf throwback

Released on = July 18, 2007, 1:57 pm

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Links-style course in Michigan attracts nationwide
membership. Course reviews at

Press Release Body = By Brandon Tucker,
Staff Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

KINGSLEY, Mich. - Leave the black tie and ballroom gown at home. The new private
Kingsley Club, south of golf-happy Traverse City, is getting back to the game\'s
understated traditions - proving luxury doesn\'t always mean flashy accessories.

This is luxury in the form of pure and authentic grassroots golf.

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The founders of the Kingsley Club wanted to create something of the same pedigree
found in Ireland and Scotland\'s traditional golf clubs.

\"They wanted to create something special, something that was a throwback to the
traditions of the game,\" said David Plassman, director of golf. \"They wanted a
walking course, a golf club only. It\'s something that will stand the test of time.
It already looks like it\'s been here 50-60 years.\"

The Kingsley Club isn\'t out to wow you with elegance. In fact, good luck even
finding this place. It\'s well off the beaten path - you steer through poorly marked
dirt roads just to find it. Even though it\'s just a 20-minute drive from northern
Michigan\'s biggest golf hub, it feels like you\'re light years from the 21st century.

The course is minimalist and links-style all the way. The bulldozer didn\'t see much
action during construction. Most of the land wasn\'t moved at all, except for some on
the first hole\'s fairway. The club also planted fescue fairways to promote a fast
ground game. But there are holes that play to greens either elevated or guarded in
front by bunkers as well. A full range of shots is required here.

\"Our membership consists of guys from all around the country,\" Plassman said. \"The
majority are really good players and enjoy the variety of shots, whether it\'s the
pitch, chip, bump-and-run ... You\'ll never go bored here.\"

This is Michigan architect Mike Devries\' biggest attempt at the national golf scene.
Once an intern of Tom Doak and a student of Alister Mackenzie\'s Crystal Downs just
down the road in Frankfort, Devries has designed a golf course that is an
understated links throwback.

Golf Digest put it in its Top 50 Golf Retreats. Golfweek named it 19th among modern
U.S. golf courses.

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July 18, 2007
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