The land that is now home to Silver Lake Country Club was originally part of the Young Family Farmstead founded in the late 1800’s. The farm previously encompassed a large span that stretched from Silver Lake to Bostwick Lake and then over to Sunfish Lake.
In 1924, Carl Young chose to abandon the toils of farming and build a golf course. This turned out to be a wise choice as the surrounding lakes were becoming a vacation hot spot for those looking to escape the city (Grand Rapids). Using the horse & plow method favored at the time, Young crafted the original 9-holes and opened the course in 1925. Without a clubhouse golfer paid their fees at a tiny shack called the “Booby Hatch”. The membership in those first years was $50 for the season!
In 1929, another 9-holes and the clubhouse was added with the support of local investors. By 1930, the club was site of one of the first Professional Tournaments in Michigan. Professionals from across the state traveled to see if they could win the coveted $200 first prize! Some interesting facts about these early days: Gambling was legal at the club, and slot machines were located in the basement. Wooden Tees were yet to become popular, so a box of wet sand was placed near each tee box to be used for teeing mounds.
The club thrived during the 40’s-60’s and was a staple of the recreational lake community. In the early 70’s, Club Professional Thom Rosely bought controlling interest in the club. Mr. Rosely already an accomplished player, went on to win several Michigan Majors including The Michigan Open & The Michigan Senior Open.
Silver Lake grew steadily under the Rosely’s stewardship and reached a pinnacle with the new clubhouse & re-design in 1992. As the golf industry has changed and competition for our recreational activities has never been greater, this club still remains relevant.
The club has proudly served its members for nearly 90 years, and what better way to celebrate than to showcase this hidden gem to all golfers! For the first time in the club’s history, we would like to welcome all of the West Michigan Community to experience this classic design. Perched on the rolling hills of Silver Lake, this well maintained course has appeal to all skill levels.
The club is certain that the best way to attract the next generation of members and patrons is to show them just what a great place Silver Lake Country Club is. It is our Vision & Mission to be the best golf value in West Michigan. We will be enjoyable for members & memorable for visitors!