About Groesbeck Golf Course, Lansing’s municipal golf course
Groesbeck Golf Course, named for then-governor Alex Groesbeck, who played a major role in its creation. When it opened in 1926, Governor Alex Groesbeck hit the first ball on the course, during the formal opening that included a balloon ascension. In an article about the opening, The Lansing State Journal dubbed it “Lansing’s newest public playground” with “greens second to none” and fairways extending “over a natural lay of ground that makes for scenic beauty.”
Groesbeck remained a treasured gem for decades and was managed by Lansing Parks and Recreation. Improvements were made to the clubhouse, such as enclosing it to make a climate-controlled dining area. The course was revamped in 1996 and remained wholly untouched until reconstruction of holes 6 and 7 began in 2016, to accommodate a drainage project. Additional tees were installed and now 6 and 7 are seen as improved, with a beautiful new water feature.
To reduce traffic through the neighborhood bordering the course, and increase safety and visibility to passersby, the decision to create a new entrance off E. Cesar Chavez (formerly Grand River Ave.) was made and the entrance was installed in early 2018. On January 1st 2018, management and operation of Groesbeck Golf Course was turned over from Lansing Parks and Recreation to Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, in an effort to improve the use of Groesbeck and reduce the city subsidy on the golf course. LEPFA plans to explore innovative golf trends to bring people from all ages, skills, and abilities to explore the golfing options of Lansing’s premier golf course.