A native of Michigan and passionate disciple of Dr. Alister MacKenzie, Mike DeVries is part of a new breed of modern course architects, who not only design holes and courses but personally shapes the features themselves. DeVries prefers a minimalistic style, working as much as possible with the natural ground contours to produce layouts that are generally fun and attractive to play.
The Kingsley Club in his home state of Michigan was DeVries’ first significant solo creation, the layout resembling his beloved Crystal Downs for the manner in which the opening nine covers the open dunes, and the back nine rollicks across more heavily wooded slopes. The top few holes at Kingsley are excellent, as are some of the greens and bunker shaping work.
Also in Michigan, and by DeVries, are Greywalls at Marquette, The Mines and Pilgrim’s Run. Greywalls was a difficult project on steep rocky ground, but is a fine semi-private facility that gets high marks for being both an inexpensive build and a course that carries genuine strategic interest. Pilgrim’s Run was only finished by DeVries, and would have been a better golf course had the client allowed him more design control and to also have a hand in the routing.
His most notable project is Cape Wickham Links in Tasmania, designed in collaboration with Darius Oliver. In 2016 DeVries announced a trans-Atlantic partnership with Dutch designer Frank Pont, and in 2019 the pair joined forces with Australian Mike Clayton, to form the CDP Golf company. CDP Golf is perhaps likely to focus on the restoration of classic old golf courses.
For an independent assessment of Mike DeVries and his suitability for your project, please contact the Global Golf Group.