Ed Walker and Art Preston, old friends and business associates, had been doing oil and gas projects together for over twenty-five years before they envisioned what is now the Kingsley Club. It all began with a mutual desire to create a golf club in the states that emulated the great Old World traditional courses they had experienced. The realization of their initial vision then fell upon the shoulders of Ed Walker. Ed, after considerable effort found the land the club occupies, organized and supervised the construction of the course and facilities, established the membership guidelines, articulated the basic philosophy, and has served as managing member and chairman of the Kingsley Club, LLC since its inception in 1998.
Ed and Karen recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary and live in Traverse City. Ed has business interests throughout the country and continues to work tirelessly to ensure that the Kingsley Club provides a unique unparalleled experience for its members and their guests. Art, who has recently passed, had primarily split his time between homes in Houston and Lexington, Kentucky while managing his varied business interests.
Michael DeVries, the course designer, was selected for his expertise in working with such a setting. Mike has a deep understanding of the value of nature, which guides his minimalist architectural philosophy. By being on-site consistently throughout the construction process, DeVries also enables himself to continually study the land, reacting to newly revealed opportunities and improving upon his original design concepts. This evolutionary process inevitably results in a unique golf course of enduring quality. Visit Mike's website at devriesdesgins.com
Fred Muller served as a consultant on the project and brought with him twenty three years of experience at Crystal Downs Country Club. Fred is very knowledgable in Alister MacKenzie's traditional golf course architectural philosophy and was instrumental in bringing Mike DeVries to the table.
The Kingsley Club covers 400 acres of varied terrain, more than enough to build a golf course, of varying terrain, contour, and vegetation. The soils of the property are glacial deposits which drain freely, are resistant to erosion, and support a diverse plant community. The majority of the land is upland with dramatic elevation changes in many places and contour that ranges from smooth-flowing valleys and hills to erratic ridges and bowls which rise and fall sharply. There is a wetland in the center of the property that has been left undisturbed and away from the golf course and facilities.
Much of the property was clear-cut in the 1980's and was left with little mature vegetation. Much of that area has been incorporated into the golf course, particularly on the front nine, where the course is virtually treeless in the center but bordered by mature northern hardwood forest. The openness of these holes, combined with the high elevation of the property in regard to the surrounding landscape, exposes the golfer to the elements and constantly challenges his resolve to not only beat his opponent but also nature.
The area of the back nine also had some clear-cut areas, but also has many fine maple, oak, beech, and pine trees which highlight the holes. The eighteenth re-emerges into the open landscape, completing the transition back to the grassland of the front nine.
The Kingsley Club cottages are a great place to call your home away from home. The cottages are available to members and their guests for daily rental year round. The club provides reservation, cleaning, and food and beverage services for up to eight individuals per cottage.
The onsite cottages are located on the bluff overlooking the par five 17th hole. Each cottage features a dramatic great room and four bedrooms, each with two queen beds and private baths, closets and private indoor and outdoor access. Other features include wet bar, screened porch, Satellite television, WIFI, and two horseshoe pits to settle all bets!
The cottages are a great starting point for any getaway, whether you intend on playing golf sun up to sun down or have a family getaway to Northern Michigan in mind, the cottages will suit your needs. The cottages well thought out location provide easy access to the golf course, clubhouse, and hiking trails. Traverse City’s fabulous dining, shopping and beaches are only a mere 20 minute drive away. If staying in is to your taste, many guests use only a golf cart as their mode of transportation during their stay, because of the great activities and food/beverage services that exist onsite.
The Kingsley Club Cottages are a true example of how great life can be at the Kingsley Club. Let us reserve a true getaway for you that may include, Charter Fishing, a Guided Fly Fishing experience, or any one of hundreds of activities that exist in the Northern Michigan Region. Whether your looking to stay for one or multiple nights the cottages will provide a level of comfort not easily found away from home.