It’s not entirely rare for professional athletes of major sports to get interested in the game of golf. Current and former NBA superstars Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan have fallen in love with the game, as well as football stars such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen who’ve all appeared on “The Match”.
Now, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has made the jump into the world of golf in addition to his football career. In a letter to the community, Cousins and his wife Julie have revealed that they’ve bought Clearbrook Golf Course in Saugatuck.
“Our family recently purchased the Clearbrook Golf Course from our friends and longtime owners, Jim and Candy Jeltema,” the new owners — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and his wife Julie — wrote. “They have managed the course for many years, making Clearbrook a place of connection and fun for our entire community.”
Cousins, who is a former Michigan State Spartan, spoke about how much the local community means to his family.
“West Michigan is a special community, and we have enjoyed living in Saugatuck/Douglas since we built our home here in 2018,” Kirk and Julie wrote. “As Jim reflected on his future, he wanted to keep the golf course in the community. As we discussed the history of the golf club with Jim, we agreed it is a community treasure and should remain a golf course for the next generation.
“Our family would prefer it not to become a housing development or summer rental community. We want to invest in this great community, and we see this purchase as an opportunity to do just that, maintaining the life of a golf course that has been in place since 1926.”
The Cousins’ currently have no plans to make major changes to the course, and still plans to have the former owner Jim Jeltema handle the course management.
“We have talked and dreamed about how the course might improve and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead,” they wrote. “We want the course to be a great experience for golfers, so we will begin by making small aesthetic changes, such as burying power lines that run overhead through the course and adding some perimeter landscaping.”
The Cousins’ also specified that the former owners Jim and Candy will continue to own and operate “The Grill Room” restaurant at the course and the clubhouse.
“Jim and Candy will also continue to own and operate The Grill Room, as our family (acquired) the golf course land and golf business, not the clubhouse or the restaurant.
“We hope our community will continue to use and enjoy the golf course, while continuing to support Jim and Candy at the restaurant, as they have for so many years.”
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