Owners of a Pierson Township (Michigan) golf course are contemplating the possibility of turning the course into an RV park and more.
As per a report, Rick Rookstool and Brenda Steuer acquired Whitefish Lake Golf & Grill at 2241 N. Bass Lake Road from 19th Hole Group in April 2021. They are each a 50% owner and Rookstool co-manages the business with Brenda’s husband, David Steuer.
Rookstool previously owned Tyler Creek Golf Course & Campground in Alto, which he sold in July 2021. He currently owns Evening Star RV Resort in Topeka, Illinois, and Tall Sycamore Campground in Logansport, Indiana.
Rookstool and his business partners are thinking of developing the Pierson Township golf course into a destination park by removing nine of the 18 golf holes and adding a 352-site RV park with campsites, swimming pools, pickleball courts, basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, an outdoor entertainment pavilion, and a dog run.
Rookstool said that the destination park concept would help the township by providing better protection from the fire, such as additional fire hydrants installed along Daggett Road, law enforcement perks, such as discounted pricing for RV sites to members of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, overflow parking for lake resident guests for a nominal fee and pool passes for sale to county residents. Golf memberships, daily golf access, and restaurant and banquet facilities would remain open to the public.
The Pierson Township Planning Commission will next meet on April 28. The commission has received several letters expressing concerns and asking questions regarding the RV park concept. The township has not received permits yet, and all discussions are preliminary.
“This is not proposed, this is a concept idea of RV park,” Zoning Administrator Lance Gates emphasized during Wednesday evening’s Pierson Township Board meeting. “These letters have been looked at, they will be looked at by the Planning Commission as well.”
This story originally appeared on The Daily News.