West Michigan NFL star Kirk Cousins buys Allegan Co golf course
Dutch Christian Schools graduate and former Michigan State quarterback, NFL star Kirk Cousins starts a new business: owner of a golf course.
Born in Illinois, cousins moved to Michigan with his family in 1998 where he attended Dutch Christian schools. After playing football in high school, Cousins was offered a scholarship to play at Michigan State, where he also studied kinesiology.
In 2012, Kirk was drafted by the Washington Redskins (now the Commanders) where he played for six seasons before signing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 when Cousins make history with the first fully guaranteed contract and also the highest paying in the NFL at the time.
Clearbrook Golf Course
Cousins and his wife Julie, who built a property in the Saugatuck area in 2018, wrote in a letter to the community,
Discussing the history of the golf club with Jim, we agreed that it is a community treasure and should remain a golf course for the next generation…We want to invest in this great community and we see this purchase as an opportunity to do just that, to sustain the life of a golf course that has been around since 1926.
The cousins added that they would rather not see the land turned into housing estates or summer rental properties. Instead, longtime owners Jim and Candy Jeltema will continue to operate the property for the time being until plans for improvements, if any, are solidified.
Reports indicate that the sale of the golf course did not include the property’s Grill Room restaurant, which will remain owned by Jim and Candy.
Even for someone like me who doesn’t follow the NFL, I still know about Kirk Cousins and his West Michigan ties. It’s touching to see how much he appreciates his community and cares enough to invest in its future. I will be curious to see what the new owners do with the property in the years to come!
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