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Husemann buys Princeton golf course

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Taylor Husemann stands by the sign promoting a wedding chapel that will be constructed on the Chapel Hill Golf Course, formerly known as Hunter's Ridge, south of Princeton on Route 26. Her father, David Husemann Jr. of Princeton, bought the 18-hole course on July 25.

PRINCETON — David Husemann Jr. wants to make Chapel Hill Golf Course a friendly venue — one where golfers can continue to enjoy playing the 18-hole course they’ve played for years.

Husemann said his goal is to make the course friendly to the entire community. “We thought there was a good opportunity out here,” he said. “We wanted to keep it local.”

Husemann said he also wants to keep the prices down, so everyone can come out to golf at the course, adding Tuesdays and Thursdays are the most economical days to golf during the week.

“It is open to the public,” he said, adding he has additional plans for the property.

“We plan on adding a wedding chapel here for weddings and receptions,” he said.

The wedding chapel is the No. 1 improvement Husemann wants to make to the property. He plans on making the chapel with a 1900s look to coincide and compliment the clubhouse built in 1911.

Husemann said Chapel Hill consists of 261 acres with 18 holes and the two-story clubhouse. The property is a scenic setting, complete with much history in the Bureau County area.

“The interurban ran out through the back of the property,” he said. “They uncovered two sets of stairs used by the interurban.”

Chapel Hill is home to many forms of wildlife and a beautiful golf course, he added.

“We didn’t want to let it run down again,” he said. “We have been busy since we took over.”

Golfers from all over the state — from Chicago suburbs to Bloomington, Quad Cities, Peoria, Galesburg — have come to play the course, reported Husemann.

Husemann chose Chapel Hill as the new name for the course because the clubhouse looks like a southern mansion.

Formerly known as Hunter’s Ridge and the Bureau Valley Country Club, Husemann bought the course July 25.

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