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Katke-Cousins Golf Course

Built: 1976 | Type: Meadow Brook Estate, recreational

Quick Facts

  • Groundbreaking:  1974
  • Course Completion:  Fall 1976
  • Cost: $500,000
  • Architect and Construction:  Robert D. Beard, Inc.
  • Funding: Two donations of $250,000 each, provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Katke and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cousins
  • Specifications: 18 holes over 250 acres
  • Namesake:  Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Katke and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cousins, benefactors of the golf course project.  Marvin Katke served on Oakland University's Board of Trustees, and reserved funds to be used for the course's first nine holes. Harold Cousins, owner of the City Beverage Co. of Pontiac, donated funds for the purchase of the remaining nine holes.


Katke-Cousins Golf Course lies to the south of John Dodge Farmhouse, an extension of a 9-hole course John Dodge kept for his personal use.  All 18 holes were completed and opened to the university community during 1976. Funds for the course were provided by two major university donors, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Katke and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cousins.

Originally intended for OU student, faculty, and staff use only, the course has since expanded into a recreational resource all members of the community may enjoy.  It boasts a 72-par championship status and attracts a variety of donors and supporters for the OU President's Club.  It is also open to the public, from serious enthusiasts to beginners alike.

A root cellar in previous use as part of Meadow Brook Estate was converted into the two-story clubhouse, which features a lounge and grill, pro shop, locker and shower room, and office space.


For more information

Golf and Learning Center - Golf Course History.

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Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.



Created by Mariela Hristova / Updated on May 15, 2018 by Mariela Hristova

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