A view of the 7th green from The East at Forest Akers Golf Course
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3.9
174 Reviews (174)
5 Stars
61
4 Stars
78
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.8
89.1%
Recommend this course
157 out of 174 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.4
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
3.8
82.6%
Recommend this course
19 out of 23 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
30 Reviews (30)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.0
86.7%
Recommend this course
26 out of 30 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6452 yards
Slope 127
Rating 70.5
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Forest Akers East Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/01
Architect Bruce Matthews Arthur Hills (1997) Chris Wilczynski (2010) Arthur Hills (2010)

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 #18)

Reviews

3.9
174 Reviews (174)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 10
Advanced Golfers 9
Beginners 7
This Course's Location is:
On a College Campus 11
Convenient to the City 10

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Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/12/2021

Thank you for reviewing us. We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round. Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing The East at Forest Akers Golf Course, and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A beautiful, amateur friendly course.

The rough was difficult to get out of today after yesterday’s rain, but that’s what happens if you miss the fairway on any course.

This course is moderately challenging, with some wide open fairways, and slopey uphill greens, yet friendly enough to most beginner amateur golfers capable of handling a few par 5s.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

OK at best

Course had extensive flood damage in all low lying areas. Greens were in fairly good shape. Had to wait for people in my fairway almost every hole (people spraying their tee shots onto other holes). Pace of play was good considering. Decent course for $30, wouldn't pay any more.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/07/2021

Hello. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We strive for a 5-star experience, so we welcome your feedback. We work hard to maintain the course for everyone's benefit, which means aerifying the greens as part of our regular maintenance schedule. The greens will be healed soon and in pristine condition. Please come back soon for the 5-star experience you expect at The East at Forest Akers Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

What happened to the conditioning of MSU FA East?

Went to MSU and have played both sides several times. Played Forest Akers East and the course was in pretty rough shape. There were multiple holes that had dead spots up and down the fairway. Not just small spots, but it looked like Billy Idol had put bleach all over the course with plenty of dead white spots up and down several fairways. The greens were unshaved and were extremely slow. Look, I love coming to MSU and the deal was right. Saying that, while all of the greens were slow, the holes (about five of them) need to be resodded. It looks like the MSU golf course turn management program needs to come back from a Covid break fast. I will come back, but would call ahead to find out if this was corrected.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/07/2021

Hello. Thank you for leaving us a review. We are sorry to hear your experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you will give us another try in the future. Thank you for choosing The East at Forest Akers Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow play

Older groups hitting off tee’s that they used to hit off of 30 years ago it’s no shame hitting off the Red tee’s it will speed up your play

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/02/2021

Hi, thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at The East at Forest Akers Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Unfortunate Timing

I've played this course before and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I think this trip had reminders of all the rain we've had fairly recently. Some holes has fairly large wet/pooled/muddy areas while others had (oddly) some dried out, brown-ish colored areas that crunched when you walked on them and smelled like wet dog. The cart I was in died on the 14th hole and we had to wait a fair amount of time for another to be brought to us. I kept checking the date to be sure that it wasn't Friday the 13th. :-)

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/24/2021

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!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Jgolfer

Love this course but heavy rain has left standing water in places for a week...some fairway and rough flood damaged

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Decent course, but could be run better

This is a relatively nice course; it's fairly easy, without much water or sand, and without a lot of elevation changes. The conditioning was pretty good for July; the tees and fairways were in good shape, the rough was manageable and slightly thick, and the greens were nice, although a bit slow. We had a 3:20 tee time and pace of play was reasonable. We waited to hit about 20% of our shots, but nothing unreasonable.

Our main gripes were with how the course is run. First, we made our tee time online, and the email confirmation listed the wrong address for the course; it listed the address for the West course, not the East course. Given the extensive road construction in the area, we would have been late for our tee time if we hadn't arrived at the West course so early. It would be relatively easy to include the correct address to the course in the several confirmation emails sent out, so it is puzzling that this happened.

Even worse, though, was the fact that we were given an 18-hole tee time less than three hours before a league started off on both the 1st and 10th holes. This was not mentioned when we booked our tee time, nor was it mentioned when we checked in. As a result, after completing the 7th hole, a ranger had us move to the 12th, to play 12 thru 18, the idea being that we could come back afterwards to play holes 10-11 and then 8-9. When we finished 18, though, there was still a long line of league golfers waiting at the 10th tee, so we just packed it in. As a result, we paid for 18 but only got to play 14 holes. Again, it's hard to comprehend how this could be allowed to happen, but it gave the impression of a very poorly run course.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 07/29/2021

Hello, thank you for leaving us a review. We are sorry to hear your experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you will give us another try in the future. Thank you for choosing The East at Forest Akers Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Problem with group in front.

Group in front held up my group of two and the other two groups behind us. Man in front of us made a scene about us taking a shot once they were off the green and in their carts…both of us landed on the green that was 40 yards from the cart path. We spent the entire round waiting for them to progress the ball because they played from green tees inside of white, when they couldnt even hit the ball past the womens tees. I truly love the course but the pace of play today was flat out horrible and no ranger keeping people moving.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good course but welcome to poor customer service

The course was in good shape and the greens were quick. Always keep your ball below the hole. Stay straight on the course.

I was dissappointed by the staff. I had some outdated certificates which I had purchased before. These were not honored due to the use by date. I have never been denied by a course for outdated certificates that were purchased. I thne wanted to use gift cards bought for me but their new system has not been set up to read the cards. So I paid full price.

Finally the electric golf cart ran out of energy by the 16th hole. I called the club house and was told that they would try to reach the cart barn. (No indication that a replacement would be sent out. I had to assume that.) A cart arrived as we were nursing the cart through the 17th hole.

When I called the Manager on Duty to report this after our round, all I got was the same excuses. Poor customer service.

It pains me to say this since I am an alumni and I love Forest Acres West. We were playing east because of availability. But, once I can use up the certificates, I doubt I will be back again. I love my MSU but the customer service is similar to what you get at big companies - a bunch of policy...

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/14/2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. Thanks for playing Forest Akers!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Shouldn’t have booked GolfNow tee times today.

Very well maintained course, pace of play was great on the front until I got shotgunned on 14 in the back, by 4 plus groups. Not sure what happened or why this occurred. But wasn’t able to finish my round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/14/2021

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Forest Akers east

Nice course. Always enjoy playing here. Good value well kept fairways and greens.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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