Red Arrow Golf Course
Red Arrow is a one-mile walking course that provides low-cost, high-value golf as a community service. It plays quickly and offers a great variety of short-game skill practice. The par 29 riverside terrain is just minutes from downtown Kalamazoo. With ample parking and rental clubs available, Red Arrow challenges time-crunched experienced golfers, but adapts well to juniors, novice golfers, and mobile seniors.
Red Arrow added Foot Golf in 2015, and Disc Golf in 2016, helping attract more people from all backgrounds and keeping with Red Arrow’s mission of being a downtown recreational destination for all families.
Red Arrow's History
Red Arrow was established in 1937 as part of the WPA’s Depression reconstruction efforts, although the first City Commission began acquiring land along the south bank of the river in 1885. Succeeding commissions and the demise of the Michigan Buggy Co. in the 1920’s added remaining acreage. The course started as a putt-and-pitch course is now a gem of downtown Kalamazoo. The green triangle of city parkland cannot be commercially developed so it will always be available to serve the community's recreation needs.
One of many volunteer projects, a memorial flagpole was dedicated in 2013 to commemorate Red Arrow’s 75th anniversary of community recreation in Kalamazoo and to the men and women who served their country in the armed services. Red Arrow Golf Course is named after Col. Joseph Westnedge’s division in WWI. Eagle Scout Chaz Shugars raised the funds from veterans’ groups and community businesses and organizations, arranged volunteer labor, and opened the golf season with appropriate ceremony. Red Arrow has a special appreciation for veterans.
Committed volunteers from all over the county have rejuvenated Red Arrow in the past four years as a casual, walk-on course for all ages. Scores of residents drop in to tell of learning to play golf as children on this course. With a casual dress code and no reserved tee times, this walk-on ready course is focused on the game of golf, rather than the business of golf, and provides high value with every swing.
1041 King Highway, Kalamazoo 49048 View Map