Apr 28, 2011 | Grant History, Midland Downtown & Riverfront

Affordable and exceptional public golf courses are a rare sight in small towns. But in 1952 the Currie family – a strong believer in recreational opportunities – gave Midland its first municipal golf course, located on the Tittabawassee River’s flood plain. Over the years, the facility grew into Currie East with 18 holes, Currie West with nine holes, a nine-hole par three course, a driving range and two pro shops.
More than 80,000 nine-hole rounds are played annually.

In honor of Gilbert Currie, a Gerstacker Foundation trustee who died in 1998, the Foundation made a $1.5 million donation to the city to  expand Currie West into an 18-hole premier course.  The professionally designed course provides a 2,4 77 -yard challenge from the red tees and a 3,538-yard challenge from the black tees. Donations from the Currie family also enabled the city to build a new $1.2 million clubhouse.

“Currie Golf Course is unique with having two city owned 18 hole golf courses practically side by side.  The West Course is our championship course designed to challenge all golfing skills.  Cut through the woods, it gives the players that “up north feeling” while playing right here in Midland,”  said Paul Milholland, Golf Professional and Director of Operations.  “The East Course, built in 1954, is more of a “family friendly” golf course that has limited hazards, narrow fairways and small greens.  A fun course to play for all ages, young and old.”

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