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Autumn is a picturesque time of year here in West Michigan. We

have lots of rivers, lakes, fall color, and lots of wildlife.  This series

of photos lets you see a few residents of the Thornapple River at

their daily routine.  The Thornapple River flows into the Grand River,

the longest in the state at Ada Michigan.  Needless to say, a haven for wildlife year round.  This gaggle of geese was just off the

Thornapple Pointe Golf Club  in southeastern Kent County a few

weekends ago.

Thornapple River Ada MI

Thornapple River Grand Rapids MI

Thornapple River Grand Rapids MI

Thoranpple River Grand Rapids MI

Thornapple River Grand Rapids MI


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West Michigan has 4 seasons and fall or autumn is one of our favorites. 

The foliage on the trees is yellow, red, orange, shades of green, and

brown.  It all combines to paint  lovely colors all over our landscape.

We captured a few photos of the fall season here in Ada Michigan

on the Thornapple River this last weekend.  All were take from

Thornapple Pointe Golf Club near the Gerald R Ford International

Airport, just southeast of Grand Rapids.

In fact, we joke that it is the TCPB course here…….trains, cars,

planes, and boats can all be seen and heard from the course.

We had an airboat travel down the river while we were playing

but I didn’t get my camera out in time to catch it in a photo.

Fairway on the river Ada MI

Sand Trap Scenery Ada MI golf club

Thoranpple Pte river view

Fall Maple refl water


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Fall Maple refl water

This was captured yesterday playing golf at Thornapple Pointe Golf Course

on the Thornapple River in Grand Rapids Michigan. 

My friend, Paul, and I got in a quick 18 holes in the afternoon. 

The golf course was pretty open which left me time to snap a few shots

of our local scenery.   This little maple is putting on quite a show!


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There are so many golf courses in Michigan, over 900 public courses,

ranking third in the nation in public golf courses and over 400 member

clubs to play.  We are crazy about golf in Michigan.

With courses like Spring Lake Country Club, it is easy to see why.

Spring Lake Country Club is an old course, founded in 1911, and it is a

private, member owned facility.  From the longest tees, it is 6525 yards.


“Going green” is taken seriously at Spring Lake CC.  In May of 2005,

they received the honor of being named a Certified Audubon Cooperative

Sanctuary, only the 14th course in Michigan to be recognized.  In 2007,

SLCC was named #1 for total number of bird species counted on the course

in the Great Lakes region and 3rd in the entire country for the Audubon

International North American Bird Watch Open, held in May each year.


Spring Lake CC is seriously into Junior Golf.  Don’t be surprised to

see a few future PGA professionals hail from this course.  Last year

they had 180 Junior PGA Golfers (aged 7-17) in their Annual Junior

Golf Tournament held in August.


We were invited to play this fabulous course last week by our friends,

Charles and Joann.  We had a beautiful day to play golf and enjoy the

aesthetics of this picturesque golf course.   Spring Lake CC is heavily

wooded, and indeed,  we saw several oak trees with trunk girths of

15-20 feet or more. 

75-80 degrees, sunny and a slight breeze off the Lake (Spring Lake is

open to Lake Michigan) is a perfect Michigan summer day.  And we

couldn’t think of a better way to spend it.  Because Spring Lake is

connected to Lake Michigan, it is a prime resort area and has many

elite homes on the lake.

We are sharing our photo montage of Spring Lake Country Club.

Grab a cart and ride along!




Spring Lake Country Club

18496 Fruitport Rd

Spring Lake Michigan 49456



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Photos by Bonnie Westbrook

We all love a success story.  This one is about a local Kentwood

graduate, Matthew Harmon, who was Michigan’s Mr Golf 2002-3,

went on to play golf for Michigan State University

and is now on the Nationwide and NGA Hooters Golf Tours trying

to make  it to the PGA Tour.  He got a big break this week.

  Let us tell you his story:

He was 2 under par playing his final qualifying round for the Buick

Open when his caddy (and brother-in-law) Nick, stepped into a

bunker and then raked his tracks.  Matt was in the other end of

the bunker hitting out and didn’t see what Nick did until it was

too late.  He thought it was a 2 stroke penalty.  He consulted the

officials. They didn’t know for sure either, but to be on the safe side,

assessed  the 2 stroke penalty, which put Matt at 4 under and

1 stroke over qualifying for the final  Buick Open.


Oh, well, another day of golf, and on to Houston, Texas  to play in

another tournament.  He was at the Minneapolis airport when he

got the call from the officials at the Buick Open.  They had received

a play cancellation and because of the penalty Matt assessed himself

(which is still in contention), they offered him a spot in the Open. 

Now all he had to do was get back to Grand Blanc and get his

clubs and equipment there – which were on their way to Houston

by this time.  He got a ticket back to Grand Rapids and drove to

Grand Blanc, and his clubs and gear arrived in time, somehow. 


He is performing like a champion at this tournament.  He was 4 under

yesterday and had the daily record for the longest drives.  He is 2 under

today, tied for 18th place.  This could be his very first major tournament

to place in the money.  Our local TV channel had an interview that aired

on the 11:00 pm newscast last night.  We are watching closely, this

could be his big break into the PGA events.

A few pictures I took yesterday of Matt and that other guy,  Tiger Woods

playing at Warwick Hills, The final Buick Open.




Did I mention I used to play with Matt and his Dad when he first started

to play golf?  He must have been 10-11 years old.  He could hit the ball

a long way even back then.  I never dreamed he would one day play on

the PGA Tour and I would be in the crowd cheering him on!


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Photos by Terry Westbrook

Kent County Michigan Amateur Golf Championship Tournament

here on July 11th & 12th 2009

This is the kind of real estate I prefer to all others, especially on

the weekend.  No hassles, just blue sky, green grass, and an

18 hole challenge.

I didn’t play particularly well today, but the course was in good shape, and

I had 3 new friends to share the morning round.

I took a few pictures so you can see a sampling of what this course looks like.

It is hard to believe to you are about 10-15 minutes away from downtown

Grand Rapids.

1st t

The First Tee – water on the left & right.


2nd hole(1)

The fifth hole from the right of the fairway, yes I made par.



The 2nd Green



The 14th Tee – better hit it straight or you will be in the woods.


18th green

The 18th Green


18th green w deer

Another player is out near the green, wonder if he found a stray ball.


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photos of LE Kaufman Golf Course by Terry Westbrook

Grand Rapids Photos


August 2020