View of a green from The West course at Forest Akers Golf Course
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4.5
216 Reviews (216)
5 Stars
121
4 Stars
79
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
93.2%
Recommend this course
204 out of 216 reviews
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4.4
20 Reviews (20)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.0%
Recommend this course
18 out of 20 reviews
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4.4
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
89.7%
Recommend this course
26 out of 29 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7013 yards
Slope 141
Rating 75.3

The West Course at Forest Akers is one of two 18-hole courses owned and operated by Michigan State University in East Lansing. The West is the premier tournament layout for the Spartan golf teams and also hosted the Division III Women’s National Golf Championship in 2021. The rolling and forested layout was originally designed by Bruce Matthews but was extensively renovated in the 1990s by Arthur Hills and received further updates in 2010. In the early 2000s, a new clubhouse and hotel was built on property that altered the routing of the golf course. There is also an extensive practice facility across the street at the East course and accessible to the public. The West Course is considered one of the Midwest’s finest, public-access campus courses and one of the best layouts in the Lansing area.

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Course Details

Year Built 1958
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/01

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Spartan Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 College Courses in the U.S. (2020 #10) (2019 #20)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Michigan (2018 #24)

Reviews

4.5
216 Reviews (216)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Narrow Fairways 9
Undulating Greens 9
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 11
A Weekend Splurge 7
This Course's Location is:
On a College Campus 15
Convenient to the City 11

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course used to be a premier golf course, but the conditions have gone down tremendously. Hopefully they get the course back and it's premier condition.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A great day on a fine course

The weather absolutely perfect and the course was in excellent condition. I wished to have played better but that's golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Disappointed in overall condition

Had high expectations for a top 25 college course, fairways not very good compared to Katke Ferris.
One and done, old layout, noisy.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/21/2021

Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Good could be better

Peace of play was 5 hours, some spots on course were dead but probably due to being low spots and lots of rain recently. Greens were very good though so no complaints there. Staff was nice but would of been nice to be notified that the snack shack was not open on saturdays. Course just needs a little TLC.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

MSU Wedt

Great directions to course. All member friendly. No cart guy to clean clubs or to take you to car. No carts in parking lot. Golf cars are old. No USB port and several had ripped seats. That was disappointed since the rest of the place was top notch for a university. Will play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very good course

Course was in very good shape, even for having a lot of rain the night before. Course was wet, but very playable. Challenging layout, fun to play. Could try to vary lengths of par 3s with tees and pin placements.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best value in Michigan

$45 and pristine conditions. It’s a very nice, if unspectacular, layout. No tricked up holes… it’s all in front of you. Incredible value for money

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

It's been awhile...too long

Used to work in Lansing and would play Forest Akers every week. Been a few years since I've been back, but it was like greeting a long lost friend. One of my favorite places to play in Michigan. Course conditions were excellent, staff was excellent, round was excellent. Had a great time again. Worth the ride from the Detroit metro area. I will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Poor Course Tee Time Management

So my work mates and I were making the turn and were met with a foursome and another twosome in front of us. When we asked the guy at the desk what was going on he stated leagues were now going off… WHAT?? If we would have stayed to play behind that group it would have added another 3 hrs to our round. Then when I asked for a 9 hole credit I was told I could only get a rain check. Not like East Lansing is right around the corner. I live in Auburn Hills. Poor planning.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/23/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting The West at Forest Akers Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

9 holes - 3 hours!!

Course was backed up to 3 groups on par 3’s- no Marshall!, told that the league were starting to hurry up with nowhere to go - poorly ran.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/08/2021

Hello, Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. With that in mind, we are working to best control pace and allow everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

I'll Be Back

Best, best, best...far exceeded expectations. Great value, and look forward to returning again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Championship Course.

Conditions are excellent. Very challenging course layout. Daughter played it in her high school state finals years back and won her division title. First time I got a chance to play it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great course, rude employee

I recently played forest Akers west and per usual, it was an overall good experience. The condition of the course and the pace of play were exceptional. However, I had a slight problem with the way a member of the staff treated me. I think he is maybe the manager of the course, as I’ve seen him several times before but never have had a problem before. This time, he was blatantly rude when I came into to pay for my round of golf. Maybe he was having a bad day, but to be rude to a paying customer is pretty sad in my opinion. Other than that, I had a great time and a great golfing experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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