Courtesy of the club
Dr. Michael Hurdzan, who co-designed Erin Hills and Calusa Pines, laid out The Meadows at Grand Valley State University in 1994. Hurdzan’s Ph.D. is in Environmental Plant Physiology, and his attention to the environment is present at The Meadows, as many holes are flanked by native grasses that help the course blend with the natural terrain. Situated just west of Grand Rapids, Mich., The Meadows has hosted numerous NCAA Division II National Championships for both men and women. There are very few doglegs on the course, allowing players to hit a variety of shots, though forced carries over natural areas, including at the par-4 18th, require players to make solid contact. With summer rates under $50, The Meadows offers tremendous value for a course that Golf Digest ranks as one of the top college courses in the country.
America's Greatest College Courses: 23rd (2023).