An independent, unbiased review of Kaufman Golf Course in Kent County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
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Address: 4807 Clyde Park Ave., SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Front 9: Par 36

Back 9: Par 36

Overall Course: (all 18) Par 72

Yardage: Green tees – 5,202; White tees – 6,328: Blue tees – 6,796
Stimp meter: 8.2

Kaufman Golf Course Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 7.56

The clubhouse at Kaufman Golf Course is solid and accommodating all the way around. The parking, bag drop, and overall amenities are good. The carts are very good though the cart paths do need a little attention and upgrading. Food and drinks are typical fare for a golf course with limits. The selection of apparel and equipment is very limited and sticks to the mainstays of caps through balls, gloves, etc. The service is very good, and it is comfortable with a relaxing atmosphere.

Kaufman Golf Course Front Nine

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 7.25

Green: 304 yds
White: 352 yds
Blue: 384 yds

Start your round on small and level tees, that give you a view right away of the picturesque scenery. The fairway runs uphill slightly, is flat and dog legs slightly right around a winding water hazard. The rough is short, bunkers are maintained and in good shape. A maintained fringe edges the medium size, receptive, rolling green that rolls at a fast pace.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 5 – Rating 6.57

Green: 405 yds
White: 463 yds
Blue: 530 yds

Your first par 5 has small and level tee boxes that point you to the rolling fairway that runs sharply uphill with short rough. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. The green is medium in size, fast in speed, plus rolling and receptive. 

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 4 – Rating 7.14

Green: 309 yds
White: 364 yds
Blue: 390 yds

The level and small tees here give you a good view of the rolling fairway which runs uphill, downhill, and has short rough. The real sand bunkers should be avoided, and the fringe is well-maintained. This receptive and rolling green putts fast and is medium in size. 

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 3 – Rating 6.67

Green: 117 yds
White: 156 yds
Blue: 183 yds

The first par 3 from small and level tees is a challenge. Playing uphill to a green guarded by real sand bunkers and short rough. The maintained fringe surrounds the medium size green that is receptive and rolling. It runs at a fast speed.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 4 – Rating 6.86

Green: 329 yds
White: 390 yds
Blue: 415 yds

Starting on small and level tees, this hole has a fairway that runs uphill and flattens out. There is short rough, real sand bunkers that need some churning, and a maintained fringe. The green is receptive, rolling with a fast-putting pace, and a medium size.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 4 – Rating 6.86

Green: 301 yds
White: 368 yds
Blue: 386 yds

A small and level set of tees helps get you into this rolling fairway that runs downhill and back uphill. The rough is short and not much of a concern. The real sand bunkers can be a concern though. The fringe is maintained around this medium size, fast speed, receptive, rolling green. 

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 5 – Rating 6.86

Green: 351 yds
White: 453 yds
Blue: 476 yds

The shortest par 5 starts on small, level tee blocks. We have yet another rolling fairway that runs both uphill and downhill depending on where you land. Rough is short and the bunkers are real sand but are hard, needing some churning. A maintained fringe is around this fast-putting green that is medium in size with a receptive and rolling surface.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 3 – Rating 6.67

Green: 159 yds
White: 200 yds
Blue: 226 yds

Your second par 3 on the front nine has small and level tees. This hole plays long with short rough, real sand bunkers, and a maintained fringe. A medium size green has a tricky, rolling, putting surface that runs fast, and, luckily, is receptive. 

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4 – Rating 6.86

Green: 357 yds
White: 425 yds
Blue: 460 yds

Finish the front nine on a par 4 from small and level tees. The back tees here make this par 4 very long with a rolling fairway with short rough that runs downhill. Real sand bunkers and maintained fringe accompany the medium size, receptive rolling green that runs at a fast speed.

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 6.86

Kaufman Golf Course Back Nine

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Green: 327 yds
White: 364 yds
Blue: 377 yds

Start your back nine on small, level tees. This dogleg right has a flat fairway that runs a bit uphill. Beware the stream water hazard that cuts the fairway at the turn. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. A rolling and receptive green awaits you that is medium size and putts fast.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 4 – Rating 7.14

Green: 239 yds
White: 327 yds
Blue: 348 yds

From level, small tees you drive to the rolling, uphill fairway. The rough is short with real sand bunkering and a well-maintained fringe. This fast putting green is medium-sized with a rolling and receptive surface.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 5 – Rating 7.25

Green: 436 yds
White: 507 yds
Blue: 538 yds

The first par 5 on the back nine is a doozy from small and level tee blocks. This fairway runs downhill, is rolling, and sided with short rough. There is a water hazard on the right side to stay left of on your second shot. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. A medium size green with a receptive and rolling surface awaits. It runs at a fast speed.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 3 – Rating 6.67

Green: 108 yds
White: 154 yds
Blue: 167 yds

The first par 3 on the back is the shortest hole on the course. It starts on small and level tees with a green nestled in a beautiful stand of pines. The rough is short and the bunkers are real sand. A maintained fringe surrounds the medium size, fast-putting green that has a receptive and rolling feel. 

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 4 – Rating 6.86

Green: 314 yds
White: 389 yds
Blue: 407 yds

The tees here are small and unfortunately not level which only makes this hole tougher. Narrow and tree lined is the best way to describe it. The rolling fairway runs downhill and has short rough. There are real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. This medium size green has a receptive and rolling surface that putts at a fast speed.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 4 – Rating 7.14

Green: 262 yds
White: 346 yds
Blue: 361 yds

Small and level tees start this shorter par 4. The fairway runs a bit uphill and is rolling with short rough. Real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe side the green. The medium size, fast-putting green is rolling with a receptive surface.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 5 – Rating 7.25

Green: 431 yds
White: 505 yds
Blue: 538 yds

The tees break precedent by being a bit larger in the medium size range and they are level. The fairway is rolling, runs a little uphill, and the rough is short. There is a water hazard immediately right off the tee but it should not be a concern. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This fast-rolling green is receptive and rolling. It is also medium in size. 

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 3 – Rating 7.00

Green: 135 yds
White: 193 yds
Blue: 211 yds

Your final par 3 has level and small tee blocks. There is a stream water hazard crossing the hole that hopefully does not come into play. Short rough and real sand bunkers guard the medium size green with a receptive, rolling surface that runs fast.

Kaufman Golf Course Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Green: 318 yds
White: 372 yds
Blue: 399 yds

Finish your round on this par 4 from small and level tee boxes. The fairway is rolling, runs downhill and slightly doglegs left. There is a stream water hazard crossing the fairway as you approach the green. Rough is short, bunkers are real sand and the fringe maintained. The final green is medium in size, receptive, rolling, and putts fast.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 7.03

Overall Course Rating: 6.95

SUMMARY:

Kaufman Golf Course in Kent County is a municipal course and one of the finest public golf facilities available. Located at Palmer Park, the course features very good course conditions, elevation changes and nearly perfect greens on many holes. This challenging golf facility has an outstanding reputation and is a good value play in West Michigan. If in the Grand Rapids area, we recommend stopping by for a round at this top-notch municipal course. See our video of Kaufman Golf Course.

The fairways and greens rate highest at a consistent 8.00.

Pricing: Refer to Kaufman Golf Course website or call (616) 538-5050 for tee times and pricing

Value Rating: +2.13

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