An independent, unbiased review of Scott Lake Golf Course in Kent County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: 911 Hayes Rd., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Overall Rating: 6.51

Par: 35
Yardage: Red tees – 2,127; Gold tees – 2,170; White tees – 2,877; Blue tees – 3,074
Stimpmeter: 7.2

Scott Lake Golf Course Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 6.00

The clubhouse at Scott Lake Golf Course, located in Comstock Park area of Kent County, not far from Grand Rapids, is a public golf course that is fairly average across the board. From its food and drink offerings to its apparel and equipment selections, everything falls into the realm of average. Pricing for clubhouse items also aligns with this standard. Parking is ample, though the cart paths could use some improvement. However, every golf cart they have is of high quality. Service is a standout feature, contributing positively to the overall experience for a perfect day of golf.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 7.20

Red: 237 yds
Gold: 242 yds
White: 279 yds
Blue: 363 yds

The Gold Nine at Scott Lake begins on small and level, elevated tees. The rolling fairway is a dogleg right that runs uphill from its lowest point. The rough is short and there are no hazards for sand or water. This medium size green has a maintained fringe. The green is receptive and rolling and runs at a medium speed.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 3 – Rating 6.80

Red: 116 yds
Gold: 118 yds
White: 184 yds
Blue: 188 yds

Your first par 3 starts on small and level tee blocks. The hole plays uphill with short rough and real sand bunkers guarding the green. The fringe is maintained around this green which is medium in both size and speed. The surface is rolling and receptive.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 5 – Rating 7.00

Red: 346 yds
Gold: 354 yds
White: 446 yds
Blue: 473 yds

Tee off over wetlands from large hitting area of level and elevated tees on this first par 5. This flatter fairway runs uphill and has short rough edging it. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. The green is receptive and rolling with a medium size and speed.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 3 – Rating 7.00

Red: 97 yds
Gold: 100 yds
White: 154 yds
Blue: 176 yds

The second of three-par 3’s on the front nine has you teeing off over a water hazard, uphill all the way from small and level tees. The green is guarded by real sand bunkers and short rough. There is a maintained fringe surrounding the medium size green that is receptive, rolling and medium in speed.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Red: 297 yds
Gold: 301 yds
White: 389 yds
Blue: 398 yds

Hole 5 is a straight-away par 4 from level and small tees. Parts of the fairway are flat and parts are rolling. There is short rough and real sand bunkers to avoid. The green is medium in size with a maintained fringe. The surface is medium in speed as well as receptive and rolling.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 4 – Rating 7.20

Red: 300 yds
Gold: 309 yds
White: 363 yds
Blue: 374 yds

The tees are medium in size and level. The rolling fairway fades right and has short rough. There are real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. This rolling, receptive green is medium in speed and size.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 3 – Rating 7.00

Red: 119 yds
Gold: 124 yds
White: 130 yds
Blue: 140 yds

The final par 3 on the front nine has large and level tees, and also plays downhill. The bunkers are real sand, the rough is short and the fringe well-maintained. This green is medium in size with a receptive and rolling surface that putts at a medium speed.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 5 – Rating 7.00

Red: 301 yds
Gold: 310 yds
White: 534 yds
Blue: 543 yds

The final par 5 on the Gold nine has level, medium size tee blocks. This rolling fairway runs well uphill, doglegs sharply left at the top and is skirted with short rough. There is a maintained fringe and real sand bunkers. Another green awaits that is medium in both size and speed with a receptive and rolling surface.

Scott Lake Golf Course - Gold Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4 – Rating 7.00

Red: 314 yds
Gold: 314 yds
White: 398 yds
Blue: 419 yds

The final hole on the Gold course is straight back to the clubhouse from level, medium size tees that are slightly elevated. This rolling fairway runs uphill and has short rough. Real sand bunkering and a maintained fringe are at the green. This receptive and rolling green is both medium in speed and size.

Overall Course Rating: 7.2

SUMMARY

Although the clubhouse at Scott Lake may not be exceptional, the Gold nine course stands out as a short course designed by Bruce Matthews. A public course that provides 9 holes of golf, each offering a slightly different golf challenge. Consistently rated highly across all its golf holes and aspects, it offers a well-maintained and challenging yet fair track for a memorable golf experience. Playing 3,074 yards from the longest tees, it has multiple sets of tees, rolling fairways and yes a few trouble spots to avoid. With its affordability, it’s considered excellent value for money for golfers of different skill levels. While there may be occasional areas where the cart paths could use improvement, overall, the course is highly enjoyable and playable. See also our review of the Scott Lake Golf Course White Nine. See our video of Scott Lake Golf Course.

The fairways and the greens rate a consistent 8.00 on the Gold Nine.

Pricing: For pricing and tee times, see www.scottlake.com or call (616) 784-1355.

Value Rating: +3.51

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