Mike DeVries

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Michael DeVries
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Saginaw, Michigan, USA

“DeVries is a master in the trending area of minimalist design. He got his introduction while working with world-renowned designer and Traverse City neighbor Tom Doak. He then did a few projects with Tom Fazio before going solo. DeVries credits both men, plus the time in his youth he spent working in the clubhouse and on the grounds crew at Crystal Downs, as his basis for success.” From a Detroit Free Press interview in 2017.

A 1987 graduate of Lake Forest College in Chicago where he studied Business Administration, Mike DeVries apprenticed with golf architect Tom Doak for a couple of years before going on to the University of Michigan to complete his Masters in Landscape Architecture in 1994.

During his graduate studies, he worked on a number of freelancing construction projects and drew up plans one year for architect Bill Newcomb. He was then employed by Tom Fazio for fifteen months as an on-site design co-ordinator before starting up his own company.

Mike learned the game from his grandfather and worked at Crystal Downs in the pro shop and with the grounds crew throughout high school and college. This early involvement at a golf club in his formative years did nothing other than fire his desire to get into the design side of the business.

It’s a fact that most golfers will never get to his world class design at Cape Wickham on King Island in Tasmania, but there are many more in his home state who can enjoy his layouts in west Michigan, including Pilgrim’s Run, Diamond Springs and the Mines in the Grand Rapids area, plus Greywalls in Marquette and (for those with good connections) the private Kingsley Club outside Traverse City.

Design Associate Joe Hancock has provided Mike with shaping, agronomy and construction management advice since 2004. Former co-owner of the Grand Island Golf Course in Grand Rapids Michigan, Joe has built a couple of courses unrelated to DeVries Designs from scratch so is well versed in all aspects of construction.

Design Associate Fred Muller is a graduate of Georgia State University and has been Head Professional at Crystal D...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Mike DeVries

Kingsley Club

3rd Michigan - Best in Area 85th USA Ranking 99th North America Ranking

The Kingsley Club, located a few miles south of Traverse City in Michigan, is laid out on links-like sandy ground. It opened for play in 2001 and is already being lauded as a modern classic.


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Marquette (Greywalls)

9th Michigan - Best in Area

Tom Doak’s apprentice, Mike DeVries, designed the Greywalls golf course at Marquette Golf Club and it opened for play in 2005 to a standing ovation.


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Meadow Club

18th California - Best in Area

Recently restored by Mike DeVries, the mountain meadow course at the Meadow Club is located in the hills of Marin County and its design back in 1927 was Alister MacKenzie’s first American project.


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Pilgrim's Run

28th Michigan - Best in Area

Laid out on a naturally wooded landscape, the par 73 course at Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club has been entertaining golfers in the Grand Rapids area ever since the layout first opened for play in 1997.


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58th New York - Best in Area

Siwanoy Country Club was incorporated in 1901, when a 9-hole course was also established. The club moved in 1913, engaging Donald Ross to set out a new 18-course layout, and this course hosted the first USPGA Championship three years later.

Sunningdale Country Club

40th New York - Best in Area

Mike DeVries completed the upgrade of the original Seth Raynor layout at Sunningdale Country Club in 2016, rebuilding the greens and rerouting the last three holes to provide a more exciting finish.


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The Mines

51st Michigan - Best in Area

Situated to the west of Grand Rapids, the Mines Golf Course is built on the site of an old gypsum mine, with architect Mike DeVries setting out the bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens for public play in 2005.


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Mike DeVries Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 6
2 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 6
3 M. James Ward Courses Played 5
4 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 4
5 Bob McCoy Courses Played 4
6 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 3
7 David Davis Courses Played 3
8 Cory Lewis Courses Played 3
9 Mark White Courses Played 3
10 Chris Hanson Courses Played 2