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Getting To Know: Forest Akers GC - Michigan State University


Getting To Know: Forest Akers GC - Michigan State University

An Insightful Interview With Bryan Harris, General Manager

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Bryan Harris who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Forest Akers Golf Courses on the campus of Michigan State University offer 36-Holes of Championship golf. Our West Course has hosted many prestigious events, including being named the host site for the 2021 NCAA Division III Women's National Championship. Forest Akers also offers a 20-acre practice facility that includes a national rated Top 50 driving range open year-round, equipped with TopTracer Range.

Forest Akers Golf Courses can cater to group sizes of up to 288 players, with additional Food & Beverage offerings.

MSU affiliates receive discounted rates on golf and golf shop merchandise based on affiliation.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
With two golf courses, Forest Akers offers enjoyable playing experiences for players of all abilities. Playing the West Course, guests will see that all of our trees and plants are native to the State of Michigan.

The Spartan Spirit Shops located at both of our facilities offer the finest Spartan apparel available anywhere.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
A golfer needs to drive the ball well off the tee shots and have a good ability to read the subtle breaks on the greens.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
- 22-time honoree of the Top 50 Practices Facilities in America
- "Best Campus Golf Courses-18',19', & 20'" - GolfWeek Magazine (West Course)
- Host Site
- 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Regional (West Course)
- 2021 NCAA Division III Women's National Championship (West Course)

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our 9th hole (West Course) is a Par 3 with an elevated tee and green. your tee sheet carries over a small creek to a green guarded by bunkers on the right and large tree on the left. A large green from front to back requires an accurate shot with great distance control. Subtle slopes require a precise read of the green to have a chance at making a birdie.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Our 16th hole (West Course). The 16th is not our longest hole, but is the only hole on the golf course that does not have any bunkers on it. The hole requires an accurate drive through a tunnel of trees. If the tee shot its the fairway it can leave you with a short downhill approach shot to the green.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
Located on campus is the Kellogg Center Hotel & Conference Center within a mile of the golf courses. Also on property of the West Golf Course is a Candlewood Suites Hotel.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record has been tied multiple times at a score of 64 (Par 71-West Course). The most notable course record holder is Luke Donald (Current PGA Tour Player)

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6990
Slope: 141
Rating: 75.3

More Information
Forest Akers GC - Michigan State University
3535 Forest Road
Suite C88A
Lansing, Michigan, 48910

Revised: 01/07/2021 - Article Viewed 503 Times - View Golf Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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