KATKE GOLF COURSE AT FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY (231-591-3765)
Michigan Golf Course Review
Katke Golf Course at FSU in Big Rapids is an 18-hole championship facility that is perhaps central Michigan's best golf value. With very affordable rates, a round at Katke is a day
well spent! The terrain is surprisingly rolling, with many raised tees and a generous number of elevated greens that are often flanked by large sand traps on either side.
The parallel, valley fairways are separated by rows of pines and hardwoods, with strategic bunkering along the way. Forty-five soft sand bunkers are situated near the landing
zones or greenside, and water hazards come into play on six holes. Unique features include a wood walled bunker on the par three 6th and a rock retaining wall that defines the
pond in front of the green on the long par three 8th.
The acreage is void of residential properties, providing a seclude feel - and walking is allowed at any time. Walkers will get a good workout on this undulating terrain however. The
front side is tree lined with ample landing zones, and the back side offers some beautiful natural areas and water hazards. The medium sized, mildly sloping bent grass putting
surface are in excellent shape.
There are five sets of tees that play to distances and slopes measuring 6,900 yards, 6,333 yards, 5,891 yards, 4,966 yards and a short family tee. On course yardage markers are
situated at 100, 150 and 200 yards and sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green. Pin placement indicators are small flags on pins - low is front, high is back.
On property is a clubhouse with pro shop, snack area with outdoor patio, and locker rooms with showers for men and women. The practice facility is a complete one - with a grass
range (also mat hitting stations), short game area with sand bunker plus putting green. There are partial cart paths which makes for a quick round - and the carts were some of
the fastest we have encountered.
Nice course, fine conditioning and the price is right! For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.