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Golf course completes $2.8M makeover

June 7, 2017
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Indian Trails Golf Course 12th hole
Indian Trails Golf Course is an 18-hole public course in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

A local golf course has completed its $2.8-million renovation project.

The City of Grand Rapids is hosting a grand re-opening of the 87-year-old Indian Trails Golf Course, at 2776 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, with a public tournament on Saturday.

In lieu of a ribbon cutting, city officials and several Indian Trails VIPs will also participate in a ceremonial tee-off on Friday morning.


The 16-month renovation of the now par-65, 4,687-yard course included the re-design of seven holes, upping the course slope rating to a more challenging score of 107 for men and 114 for women. As a new member of the Golf Association of Michigan, Indian Trails now has its first official yardage measurements and slope rating.

The renovation also included a modern practice and teaching facility, featuring a 25-acre driving range, five practice greens with bunkers and a three-man teaching staff, comprising Bill Ballew, Bob Fopma and Andre Pillow of The First Tee West Michigan, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit.

Additionally, a new irrigation system was installed, which services the entire course.

The renovations were approved by the city commission in fall 2015, with a grant from the city’s Transformation Act.

Friday’s tee-off

Those participating in the ceremonial tee-off at Indian Trails include Mayor Rosalyn Bliss, city commissioners Senita Lenear and Dave Allen, Parks & Recreation Director David Marquardt, Indian Trails General Manager Lance Climie and several long-time Indian Trails golfers.

The ceremonial tee-off will begin at 10:40 a.m.

The group is invited to play a free 9-hole round of golf, try out the practice bunkers and greens, break in the new driving range and explore the Maple Hill Golf Pro Shop.

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