Grand Haven Golf Club opened in 1998 with a championship golf course that features a variety of challenging holes with outstanding views. Several holes overlook the Intracoastal Waterway and the sound of the Atlantic surf, less than a half-mile away, provides a soothing backdrop. The course features single fairways with returning nines and continuous concrete cart paths run throughout the golf course, with rounded curbing at some tees and greens. The predominant soil type is sandy loam, which drains well and is conducive to healthy turfgrass. Well maintained trees on the golf course include scrub oak, live oak, magnolia and palm trees. The signature par-3 8th hole presents golfers with a challenging tee shot to an island green. Turfgrass on the Grand Haven golf course is primarily comprised of Bermuda. The greens are TifEagle Bermuda, while the tees, fairways and rough are Tifdwarf Bermuda. Annual overseeding occurs in October/November, with a blend of Perennial Rye applied to the tee boxes, the driving range and clubhouse common areas.
Every putting green and all 74 sand bunkers were completely renovated in 2008. With help from the Nicklaus Design team, the greens were restored to their original dimensions, new drainage added and collars re-established. The bunkers were similarly refurbished with entirely new drain lines and silica sand. The $570,000 renovation also added new fertigation capabilities. The par-72 Grand Haven course measures 7,069 yards from the back tees, with a corresponding course rating of 75 and a slope rating of 140. Annual golf rounds average a little more than 30,000 (18-hole equivalent) rounds, with members comprising approximately 85% of those rounds. Walking is permitted in the afternoons, Thursday through Sunday.
The Grand Haven Golf Club was acquired in late 2011, from Crescent Resources. The club once again went through immediate upgrades to its amenities featuring a complete redesign of the clubhouse including furnishings, marble tile entry way and window treatments that frame the magnificent view of the Intracoastal Waterway from all of the club’s dining areas.