Classified as a Specialty & Community Park.
The park’s original land was purchased from and named for Charles S. Briggs. The largest single feature at Briggs was the 1926 state-of-the-art swimming pool with bath house, shower and restrooms. At one time, the pool was divided by a picket fence to separate the boys and girls. In 1932, a 4.4 acre portion of the park was sold to Creston High School, and is currently used for track and field.
Picnic Area: Yes
Open Shelter: Yes
Simply put, Kent is a place where friends and families gather for fun. Whether it’s our unparalleled golf facility, pool and tennis complex, or fine dining in all our unique spaces, when people arrive they feel instantly at home. Kent’s superb service and amenities make this a destination for members to relax or entertain. A premier venue for meetings and events, with a comfortable yet beautiful atmosphere. Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Kent is a centrally-located jewel in the city, convenient for all. We are proud of our outstanding organization–its heritage, its place in our community, and the pleasure it affords our members and guests. We invite you to come discover the charm and sophistication that is Kent Country Club.
One of the oldest clubs in the Midwest and the oldest in Michigan, Kent Country Club dates back to a Saturday evening in 1896. On that evening, successful Grand Rapids businessman Edward Lowe invited his brother, Rowland, and ten friends to dinner to tell them about a wonderful game he had played in England. These gentleman formed the original nine-hole Grand Rapids Golf Club in an open field at the Corner of Wealthy Street and Plymouth Avenue in East Grand Rapids. About 15 years later, outgrowing the original site, the Golf Club moved to its current location at the turn on the 20th century where the founders of Kent Country Club had successfully introduced golf to West Michigan. They took pride in having a challenging Donald Ross course, built a fine clubhouse and hosted the best players in the nation, including the President of the United States. But that was merely the beginning…today, over 120 years later, the rich traditions and member’s commitment to the club continues.
Today, Kent is still one of the premier private country clubs in the Midwest. The first golf club in West Michigan has evolved into a sanctuary for generations of families who appreciate and value a history of tradition and excellence. Today, the Club’s membership, often referred to as “The Kent Family”, treasures family fun surrounding almost any occasion. With its simple elegance, sophistication and eye for tradition, Kent Country Club has become a “home away from home” for its members.
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