Country club owner buys golf course


Thornapple Pointe in southeast Grand Rapids was built in 1997. Photo via

A local country club owner is purchasing a golf course in town.

Watermark Properties said today it will take over ownership of The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids, at 7211 48th St. SE, on Jan. 1, 2017. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Thornapple Pointe will continue to operate as a public course and have no effect on Watermark’s private memberships or course options.

The club also will maintain the banquet facility for public use.

Watermark has created a separate business to manage Thornapple Pointe's golf and banquet activities.

No changes are currently expected at Thornapple Pointe, including General Manager and PGA Professional Chris Sobieck.

“This just reinforces Watermark’s commitment to golf in our community and offers an opportunity to expand its reputation,” Sobieck said. “The addition of Thornapple Pointe to the Watermark portfolio only helps strengthen their commitment to see golf continue to grow and thrive in West Michigan.”

Designed by Bill Newcomb, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe was built in 1997, overlooking the Thornapple River.

Watermark Properties

Watermark owns Sunnybrook Country Club, Watermark Country Club, StoneWater Country Club and Thousand Oaks Country Club and offers one membership for access to the four clubs.

Watermark also includes RedWater Restaurant Group, which operates Gravity Taphouse Grille, Rush Creek Bistro, Fire Rock Grille, Cork Wine & Grille, Vintage Prime & Seafood and Reds at Thousand Oaks. 

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