Sunnybrook Golf Bowl Motel’s history dates back to 1936 in Utica, Michigan when our 18 hole Donald Ross designed Golf Course was established. In 1962 an additional 9 hole course was built along with a 58 lane bowling & entertainment center. With the popularity, the owner at that time decided to build a motel adjacent to the establishment, which was completed in 1968. As Utica, Michigan changed to Sterling Heights, Michigan and the population grew, Sunnybrook maintained its popularity.
Through the 1970’s and the early 1980’s, Sunnybrook was the “go to” place to be and be seen. Great promotion, a clean center and atypical high scores made Sunnybrook the true “showcase center” in the area. Hosting many Professional Bowlers Association events, up to and including the PBA National Championship (today known as the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour) just added to the mystique and aura of Sunnybrook.
1998 brought new ownership; Randy Shank along with his wife Cheryl & daughter Sarah took the helm with one goal in mind, “Make Sunnybrook even better than it was in the old days.”
“I knew what we were getting into when we purchased Sunnybrook” Randy states. “I had been the accountant for the facility for 6 years and then the General Manager for 13 years. I was originally surprised by the long days and nights. I thought I was working hard putting in 10 to 12 hours a day as GM. After the purchase, I was putting in 15 to 16 hours a day seven days a week. In our eyes, when we purchased Sunnybrook we were buying potential for improvement with an eye to increasing sales and improving existing resources.”
“After over twelve years at the helm, my family and our outstanding and dedicated staff have righted the ship here at Sunnybrook. With well over one million dollars invested and much sweat by all, Sunnybrook has returned as the gem of metropolitan Detroit and, based on comments from our tried and true customers, Sunnybrook has come back to its former glory and beyond. It is definitely worth all the effort when you enjoy what you do.”
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