In the early 1900s, the “Golden Age” of golf design was underway. C.B. MacDonald, Seth Raynor, Harry Colt, William Flynn, A.W. Tillinghast, James Braid, and Stiles & Van Kleek were designing the courses many consider to be lasting classics today. Also in the early 1900’s the paper boom was beginning across the Midwest. Vast timber ranges and plentiful waterways led to the development of small “mill” towns among the river valleys of Michigan.
The largest of its time was built in Vicksburg, eight miles south of Kalamazoo.The timeless courses of the “Golden Age” have become constants over the years, as were the mills that became the backbone of local economies throughout the twentieth century. At the end of the 1990’s the bloom was off the paper boom and so the mills began to close. So what does a hundred year old “mill town” do when its largest employer closes? The choice is a simple one, either reinvent itself or simply fade away to the realm of used to be.
In Vicksburg, Michigan, a group of selfless, civic minded individuals have chosen to create a destination to draw visitors and new residents to its community founded upon an affordable, nostalgic golf club and an overall quality of life.
Third generation architect W. Bruce Matthews III, A.S.G.C.A. has created a modern classic with features inspired by the likes of Shinnecock Hills, Charleston Country Club, and Fox Chapel. Five sets of tees present 350 acres of generous fairways, large rolling greens, and bold bunkering overlooking Portage Creek, Barton Lake, native wetlands and prairie grasses to guests of all skill levels. In October of 2009 the Village of Vicksburg acquired Angels Crossing. The promise made is that it truly is “All about Community!”
Angels Crossing Golf Club
3600 E W Ave, Vicksburg, MI 49097-8392