An independent, unbiased review of Shadow Ridge Golf Course in Ionia County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: 1244 Kelsey Hwy., Ionia, MI 48846

Front 9: Par 35

Back 9: Par 35

Overall Course: (all 18) Par 70

Yardage: Red tees – 4,376; White tees – 5,092; Black tees – 2,994 (10-18 only): Blue tees – 5,845
Stimp meter: 7.8

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 5.60

The Shadow Ridge Golf Course clubhouse is a combination of modest with a touch of special. While not having much to offer in terms of food choices, it does have a decent selection of cooler drinks. The golf shop is small with a very limited selection of apparel and equipment. In contrast, it has a large outside area that is very nice. The carts and cart paths are older but adequate and the parking is separate but good size. The service is very good throughout.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Front Nine

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 6.40

Red: 350 yds
White: 380 yds
Blue: 410 yds

If this is your first time at Shadow Ridge, welcome to the first tee. Poised atop a hill, the level and medium size tees give you a view of the sharp dogleg right. The fairway is rolling and runs both uphill and downhill with medium length rough. No additional hazards are featured here. The medium size green has a maintained fringe, is receptive and rolling, and putts at a fast speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 3 – Rating 6.50

Red: 110 yds
White: 130 yds
Blue: 145 yds

Level and medium size tee boxes start your first par 3. This plays downhill with a landing zone short of the green. No hazards here but the rough is medium length and the fringe is maintained. The green is both medium in size and speed with a rolling and receptive feel.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 270 yds
White: 310 yds
Blue: 350 yds

Medium size, level tees start one of the prettiest holes on the course, which we consider its signature hole. A rolling uphill fairway doglegs right with a water hazard right of the fairway. The rough is medium, and the fringe is maintained. This medium size green is medium in speed, receptive, and rolling. 

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 5 – Rating 6.40

Red: 350 yds
White: 420 yds
Blue: 440 yds

Your first par 5 is a challenge from level, medium size tee blocks. This rolling fairway runs uphill and sweeps right in a long dogleg. Medium length rough sides the fairway and there are no hazards. The fringe surrounding the large green is maintained and the surface is receptive, rolling, and medium in speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 3 – Rating 7.50

Red: 110 yds
White: 130 yds
Blue: 145 yds

The second par 3 on the front nine has large and level tees. This straight-ahead par 3 has medium rough and no hazards. The green itself is receptive, rolling, and slopes back to front. It is large, rolling and receptive, putting at a medium pace.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 5 – Rating 6.40

Red: 460 yds
White: 500 yds
Blue: 515 yds

Your second par 5 on the front nine starts on level, medium size tees. This fairway is rolling with a slight dogleg left and medium length rough. No hazards are in sight and the fringe is maintained. The large, receptive and rolling green runs at a medium speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 4 – Rating 6.80

Red: 400 yds
White: 410 yds
Blue: 415 yds

Small but level tees point you down the rolling fairway of hole 7. Medium length rough, no hazards, and a maintained fringe should give no trouble. This large green is medium in speed, receptive, and rolling on the surface.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 3 – Rating 6.00

Red: 125 yds
White: 160 yds
Blue: 175 yds

The third and final par 3 on the front nine has medium size, level tee blocks. It plays slightly downhill with medium rough and a maintained fringe. No hazards once again are featured here. This green is both medium in speed and size with a surface that is rolling and receptive. 

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4 – Rating 6.40

Red: 290 yds
White: 345 yds
Blue: 355 yds

To end the front nine, you start on level, medium size tees. The rolling fairway has medium length rough and no hazards. A maintained fringe encircles this small green with a receptive and rolling feel along with a medium speed.

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 6.48

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Back Nine

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 244 yds
White: 312 yds
Blue: 377 yds
Black: 384 yds

As you start the back nine from small and level tees you learn quickly that the 2 nines here are totally different. The rolling fairway runs downhill and there is medium rough siding it. Note no hazards to this hole and the medium size green has a maintained fringe. The surface of the green is receptive, rolling, and medium in speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 3 – Rating 6.00

Red: 123 yds
White: 179 yds
Blue: 216 yds
Black: 242 yds

The first par 3 on the back plays longer and runs uphill from level, small tees. There are no hazards and the rough is medium length. A maintained fringe is around this large green with a receptive and rolling surface that putts at a medium speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 5 – Rating 6.66

Red: 295 yds
White: 356 yds
Blue: 453 yds
Black: 454 yds

This first back nine par 5 is short but unique from small and level tee boxes. This rolling fairway takes a severe dogleg left and has medium rough. Don’t be too greedy cutting the corner as only the longest hitters can carry the high trees and drop it in the fairway. There are real sand bunkers here and a maintained fringe. This green is small, receptive, rolling and medium in speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 3 – Rating 6.00

Red: 136 yds
White: 140 yds
Blue: 158 yds
Black: 169 yds

The second of three-par 3’s on the back nine plays all uphill from level, medium size tees. The rough is medium length and the bunkers are real sand guarding this medium size green. The fringe is maintained, and the surface is receptive and rolling. It runs at a medium speed.

Hole 14 – Par 4 – Rating 6.34

Red: 243 yds
White: 319 yds
Blue: 360 yds
Black: 367 yds

Tight par 4 alert! From small and level tee blocks, do anything to stay in the middle to right side. This rolling, downhill fairway runs back uphill at the green and has medium length rough. No hazards here other than trees both left and right and a few fairway bunkers lurking right. A maintained fringe edges this small and medium speed green that has a rolling and receptive feel. 

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 3 – Rating 6.40

Red: 136 yds
White: 140 yds
Blue: 148 yds
Black: 160 yds

The final par 3 on the course has level, medium size tees. It plays downhill with medium length rough and features a few unraked, real sand bunkers. The medium size green has a maintained fringe and a receptive, rolling surface that putts at a medium speed.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 213 yds
White: 258 yds
Blue: 348 yds
Black: 360 yds

Level and medium size tees start you on hole 16. The fairway is rolling and leans left with medium length rough. The real sand bunkers are unraked, and the fringe is maintained. This green is small with a medium putting speed and a rolling receptive feel.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 4 – Rating 6.40

Red: 259 yds
White: 283 yds
Blue: 396 yds
Black: 400 yds

Small and level tee blocks give you a good view of the rolling, downhill fairway. You may notice that the entire fairway drops off left and is no man’s land so stay right on this tight par 4. There is medium rough and no hazards since going left is hazard enough. A maintained fringe is around this medium size and speed green with a rolling and receptive surface.

Shadow Ridge Golf Course Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 5 – Rating 6.66

Red: 336 yds
White: 397 yds
Blue: 439 yds
Black: 458 yds

Your closing hole is a par 5 from level and medium size tees. Tee through an opening downhill to the fairway that rises back to the green. The rough is medium length and the bunkers and real sand, but unraked at time of review. This medium size green has a maintained fringe, a receptive and rolling surface and putts at a fast speed.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 6.28

Overall Course Rating: 6.38

SUMMARY:

Shadow Ridge Golf Course has a cornucopia of features and facets to the course. The bunkering style varies from shallow to deep bunkers, it has a mixture of large greens, medium and small greens with plenty of subtle undulations and tricky putting surfaces, rolling fairways, ample landing areas and a variety of approach shots that can challenge all skill levels and still be fun for the whole family. Some of the course can be tight so limit your errant tee shots. Shadow Ridge can provide quality golf experiences without high prices. See our video of Shadow Ridge Golf Course.

The fairway rate the highest at a 7.66.

Pricing: Refer to www.shadowridgegolf.net or call (616) 523-6704 for tee times and pricing

Value Rating: +2.09

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