Katke Golf Course
Ferris State University
Katke is Born

View of the land Katke was built on looking South.

Katke is born

1973

Ferris State College announced plans to build an 18-hole golf course, aimed at enriching student services on January 29th, 1972. The course was to be built on 145 acres of Ferris-owned land.

Plans Begin

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Katke looking at plans for Katke Golf Course.

Plans Begin

1973

The course is named after Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. Katke, whose generous donation influenced campus development and the initial phase of the golf course. Katke, a friend of Ferris and a Mecosta County native, was vice president for manufacturing of the Ford Motor Company and a 1976 recipient of an honorary degree from Ferris State University.

Ground Breaking

Ground breaking day

Ground Breaking

1973

Ground breaking at Katke Golf Course in the summer of 1973. The traditional style golf course, designed by Robert Beard, was destined to offer a blend of links-style and tree-lined holes with a variety of conditions provided by the rolling landscape.

Open to public

The general public teeing off opening day.

Open to Public

1974

Katke Golf Course opens for the public to play in the summer of 1974.

First of kind

PGA Golf Management program logo.

First of its Kind

1975

The PGA Golf Management (PGM) program is established and is the first of its kind in the nation, sanctioned by the prestigious Professional Golfers’ Association of America, PGA.

New clubhouse

Katke clubhouse.

New Clubhouse

1999

A new clubhouse is added in the summer of 1999. It is made to house the PGA Golf Management (PGM) learning center at Ferris State.

16th GLIAC Win

2000 Ferris State Mens’ Golf Team.

16th GLIAC Win

2000

The Ferris State Men’s Golf Team won its 16th Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 54-hole total of 899 during the 2000 league meet in October at the Bulldogs’ Katke Golf Course.

MHSAA State Finals

Tyler Polluak preparing for his putt.

MHSAA State Finals

2012

The MHSAA D2 Boys Golf Finals took place at Katke Golf Course on June 14th and 15th.

Phase I

Course with phase one improvements.

Phase One

2012

Phase one of course improvements started with the reconstruction of bunkers, drainage work and the addition of new tee boxes.

Love is in the air

Mr. and Mrs. Higley.

Love is in the Air

2012

Katke Golf Course is used as a wedding venue for the first time. The wedding took place on the 10th tee.

New Look

A New Look

2013

Katke receives a new look. This website is launched as a new face of Katke along with an updated logo. Phase two of course improvements are also underway. Reconstruction is happening on the greens of hole 15 and a drainage retaing wall is being added!

Phase II

Phase Two

2013

Phase two of the course improvements started with additional drainage work, new and reconstruction of tee boxes and the expansion of the green complex on holes #2 and #15.

Women's Bulldog Invitational

Women’s Bulldog Invitational

2013

The Ferris State University Women’s Golf Invitational took place at Katke Golf Course on October 12th-14th.

New Learning Center

New Learning Center

Coming Soon

The new home of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame will feature two enclosed educational rooms for golf instruction and club fitting, eight enclosed and heated hitting rooms and a 750 square foot indoor putting green. The building will feature technology for student learning, including Trackman and SAM Puttlab software.

Our Team


Ian Ziska

Ian Ziska, PGA

Manager & Head Golf Professional
ianziska@ferris.edu

Ian is a 2001 graduate of the Ferris State University PGA Golf Management Program who played on the FSU Men’s Golf Team during the 2000-2001 season. A Class A PGA member since 2001, Ian is highly regarded as a competitive player and has multiple top ten finishes in the Michigan Open and Michigan PGA Championship. He has competed five PGA Professional National Championships and the 2006 PGA Tour Buick Open. In 2015 Ian was recognized as the NMPGA Player of the Year.

In addition to his playing accomplishments, Ian is TPI Certified and he has been recognized by the Michigan Section PGA for his player development programs and merchandizing abilities. He has received multiple Michigan Section PGA awards including the Youth Player Development Award (2006 & 2016), Merchandiser of the Year Resort Award (2010), Merchandiser of the Year Public Award (2014 & 2016), and the Bill Strausbaugh Award (2016). Ian is an active PGA member serving on a number of committees. He has served as the Michigan Section Tournament Chair, NMPGA President, Vice President and Tournament Chair, and currently serves on the executive board of the FSU PGA Professional Golf Management Alumni Association.

His dedication, experience and knowledge in growing the game, golf operations and customer service is what Ian passes on to his team, helping to educate and lead students at Ferris State to become the next generation of PGA Professionals.


Doug Mclead

Doug Mcleod,
PGA & GCSAA

Golf Grounds Superintendent
dougmcleod@ferris.edu

Doug is a 1977 graduate of Ferris State University with an Environmental Science Degree. He is certified with the GCSAA as well as the PGA of America where Doug was awarded PGA Class A status in 1994. Doug is a key member of the Katke team with over 25 years of experience overseeing the golf grounds operation.

Tony Geib

Tony Geib

Assistant Golf Grounds
Superintendent

anthonygeib@ferris.edu

Tony is a 1993 graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Turf Management. He began his career at Cascade Hills Country Club and spent five years as Assistant Superintendent. Tony came to Katke in 2006 and has become a significant member of the team. His agronomy skills have transitioned to him teaching Biology 114 to the students in the PGA Golf Management Program.

PGM Students

The Clubhouse functions as a learning lab for the students, offering them a hands-on experience in golf operations such as: customer relations, golf car fleet management, golf instruction, and tournament operations.

PGA Golf Management Program
PGM Students