About us

"We are Permanently Closed. Sorry for the inconvenience caused. Offering the best service for more than 97 years, now we decided to shut it down permanently for good. And as of this site, we decided to keep the website to preserve the history of this club"

We are steeped in 97 years of tradition. We embrace a bright, evolving future. You would think these two things were mutually exclusive but not at Walnut Hills. We know where we came from and we know where we want to go.

We are legendary golf and extraordinary fairways with impeccable views. We are heartfelt hospitality and memory making for family, friends and guests alike. We offer an engaging social and recreational calendar and contemporary dining experiences; all wrapped up in a vibrant, relaxed environment. Think of us as a twist on tradition.

We believe that success and sustainability comes from innovation and progress. This is accomplished in two definitive ways. First, this is not a member-owned club. What that means for you is rather than having to be part of running the club business on top of your hectic schedule, you simply get to come here and enjoy your club. We have a highly experienced management team and together take care of the fiscal, operational and strategic responsibilities necessary to deliver an extraordinary experience to you. No assessments, no committee obligations, no pressure on you. Period.

We are legendary golf and extraordinary fairways with impeccable views. We are heartfelt hospitality and memory making for family, friends and guests alike. We offer an engaging social and recreational calendar and contemporary dining experiences; all wrapped up in a vibrant, relaxed environment. Think of us as a twist on tradition.

We believe that success and sustainability comes from innovation and progress. This is accomplished in two definitive ways. First, this is not a member-owned club. What that means for you is rather than having to be part of running the club business on top of your hectic schedule, you simply get to come here and enjoy your club. We have a highly experienced management team and together take care of the fiscal, operational and strategic responsibilities necessary to deliver an extraordinary experience to you. No assessments, no committee obligations, no pressure on you. Period.

Second, Walnut Hills is transitioning into a unique business that merges private club and golf membership with a restaurant and banquet facility that will be open to the public. This crossover approach helps to promote the club, creates a healthier facility overall where the different components of the facility-golf, dining, banquets-are stable on their own, ultimately creating more value to your membership.

We promote a relaxed atmosphere here at Walnut Hills. Don’t misunderstand, we believe in treating each other, our beautiful facility and course with respect, (you can see the club handbook for all the details), but we desire, more than anything, for you and your guests to feel welcome and relaxed at the club. Intimidation is so passé. So when you’re here please don’t worry about, well…hardly a thing.

By now you may sense that we are a little unorthodox in our approach. We don’t just think outside the box, we actually don’t have one. In this, we will continually evaluate any ideas and concepts that result in creating a better experience for you, your family and guests. Always! That is our commitment. In return, all we ask is that you simply enjoy your time at Walnut Hills. After all, it’s your club. So…relax, have fun, connect!

The Start

“Fairways were something less than fair, greens were bumpy and weedy, and a tributary of Red Cedar meandered across several fairways, collecting balls and encouraging professional profanity.” –1921 Club member

It’s not quite how we imagine our course now, but it’s quite something to imagine. In 1921, a group of East Lansing and College faculty golfers created nine-hole links over the MAC Cavalry Field. The members paid an annual fee of $5 to join the course, which was located approximately where Demonstration Hall now stands on the Michigan State University Campus. The course for the Club was arranged in a circular form around the outside of the field, leaving room in the center for the riding of the Cavalry. The maintenance crew consisted of a voracious herd of sheep, which kept the course neatly cropped and partly fertilized.

Expansion of the Vision

Membership in the Club grew rapidly, with many Lansing and East Lansing businessmen joining in 1921 and 1922. Dues were increased to $10 per year. By 1922, it was reported that "a gasoline-driven grass cutter has been purchased and the greens will be kept closely trimmed.” In 1923, the members closed down the campus course and constructed a new nine-hole course and a clubhouse on land leased from former MAC President Snyder.

During this interim time the vision was to create an 18-hole club and find the best golf course land in the city. In 1927, arrangements were made for purchasing a 210-acre "highlands" site in the northern tier of town on Lake Lansing Road. As the first settler in the area, Isaac Carl and his family relocated from New York and they farmed the front 80 acres. Eventually, his son Charles Carl built the 1893 farmhouse that is still on the property today and expanded the farm to 210 acres. Construction of the current course began in the fall of 1927. History of Walnut Hills In 1929, after surveying the new land, the charter members established the name "Walnut Hills Golf Club" representing the hardwoods that outlined the property and the rolling landscape that enhanced the course strategy.

The official opening of the new Walnut Hills golf course was held on July 4, 1929. Opening ceremonies featured the raising of the flag and introduction of the Officers of the Club. The course was then played en masse by the membership. An exhibition match was held featuring the head pro and a member of Lansing Country Club against the head pro and a member of Walnut Hills Country Club. As the members admired their new English Tudor clubhouse, then under construction, and played the new eighteen-hole course, it is not hard to imagine some reminiscing about their more humble beginnings nine years earlier. This ideal rolling site has become a center point of the community over the last century.

The dynamic site and quality architecture has been the establishment of one of the finest parkland golf courses in Michigan. Walnut Hills established a course with classic historic architecture only found in the ’20s “heyday” of golf course architecture. Today triplexes trim the turf instead of sheep but the vision is the same. Golf played by a community of members in an extraordinary and timeless setting.