Pilgrim’s Run – A Great Way to Wrap Up Michigan 2021!

For my final round in Michigan I chose Pilgrim’s Run. I’d heard great things about it from my cousin, and read up on it and decided it was the best option to wrap up this trip. My goal on the trip was to play 4 new courses, in Michigan, and to have fun.

Pilgrim’s Run was a great choice! Basically carved out of the forest north of Grand Rapids, I found the course in great shape, greens were fast & true, and the tee shots demanding. Thankfully I got paired up with two guys that had played it before, so they helped guide me around. They really helped me find my way around.

I started tough, bogey-double bogey-bogey. I was really struggling off the tee, which is odd since I’d been so good off the tee the previous days. Stupid game. Before I knew it I’d shot 42 on the front, and didn’t even realize it.

The course was so pretty. Each hole cut through the forest, each hole separate from the rest. The fairways were perfect, green & lush. The rough thick and penal. I really hacked up the Par 3’s, all three of them! The course has five par 5’s and only three Par 3’s – Par 73! The starter said they “couldn’t find another Par 3 out there” – which I find very odd. But maybe that’s OK. Let the terrain dictate your layout, I suppose. I secured 2 birds on Par 5’s, one from a great putt and one from a fantastic approach. Either way I’ll take it!

I had 5 par saving 1-putts, which was an encouraging fix from Stoatin Brae, where I had 4 misses. I didn’t really score well, which wasn’t a big deal, as I said I was there to have fun. I definitely plan to get back to Pilgrim’s Run again. One thought that crossed my mind was how awesome this course is – especially for a home course! It would be a great course to live near and get to play regularly – you’d be a better golfer!

The cost wasn’t too high, the conditions were great, and the staff was friendly and attentive. It was definitely a great choice to wrap up a wonderful trip: Point O’Woods, American Dunes, Stoatin Brae, and Pilgrim’s Run! A great lineup for sure! I’ve already started mapping out a Michigan trip for next summer – further north but still as spectacular!

After golf I made my way to St. Joseph’s Beach to get some pictures of the lighthouse there. I stopped at Meijer to buy them out of Better Made Hot! potato chips, a childhood (AND ADULT!) favorite only available in Michigan. I drove home reflecting on a great trip. Although I didn’t score well all weekend, I played some fantastic courses with good people. I made new friends, caught up with friends and family, and saw four of Southwest Michigan’s best!

My home state rarely disappoints! The golf is some of the best in the country! Let me know if you want to join me next year!

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