Our History

Beginning

September 26 1949 - The Board of Directors votes to purchase a 7.5 acre parcel that will become the Christian Youth Center (CYC).  This property was located on 28th Street between Madison and Eastern Avenues.

1949

First Games

In 1950 - with no restrooms or concession stand, and with bleachers rented from the City Parks Department - softball games were played for the first time at the CYC between 18 Young Men's Society teams and 6 Young Women's Society teams.

1950

Growth and Change

The early years of the CYC saw significant growth including the addition of a second softball diamond, two basketball courts, volleyball, and shuffleboard.  Softball grew to 37 teams and a new "slow pitch" softball league was formed and grew to 16 teams.

1955

Making a Move

The CYC was full, and the board made the determination that in order to further the organizations programming they must move to a new location that offered room for more diamonds and space for the large crowds now coming to watch the games. Land was purchased at 36th St and Schaffer and the plans were immediately put into place. Thanks to the generous help of many the new location was ready for play the following summer.

1958

More Changes

In an effort to more accurately depict the organizations vision, the name was changed from the CYC to the Christian Reformed Recreation Center or "Rec Center" as many know it by today. Diamonds 4, 5, and 6 were added to the facility to manage the growing number of teams signing up for softball.

1960

Golf Comes to the Rec Center

When an opportunity opened for a par 3 golf course to be built at the facility, the facility Director knew he had to find a way to make it happen. Out of sheer will, the Stormy Creek Par 3 course was built and opened.

1970

Golf Course Expansion

As the popularity of the golf course became evident, the par three course was turned into a regulation 9 hole golf course. 

1978

Record Softball Turnout

Softball reached its full potential with 247 teams playing games at the facility. Popular demand required an addition of the Fall league at this time as well as post season tournaments for those who wanted to keep on playing late into the season

1982

9 tuns into 18

Through the hard work of many and the generous donations of time, money and labor, 9 holes were added to the golf course giving the Rec Center a full par-70 18 hole golf course. According to those involved, this was the least expensive golf course build in the world thanks to the help of local businesses who donated their unique skills to get the job done.

1988

Dave Tuuk Retires from the CRRC

A staple of the facility since its inception, Dave Tuuk decided to step down from his position as Director of the CRRC. After nearly a half decade of service to the facility, he would still be apart of what was going on and help where he could for many years to come.

1994

The First Tee comes to Fellowship Greens

The First Tee of West Michigan, a local chapter of a national youth golf organization begins running camps and giving lessons to kids at Fellowship Greens. Aside from giving golf lessons, the First Tee teaches life lessons to each of its participants.

2012

Doug Vander Hart Memorial Playground Built

Thanks to the donations of many a new playground was installed near the concession stand. This playground has been enjoyed by many each and every year since it was built.

2013

CRRC becomes CAC

In efforts to expand its programming and offerings to more people in the community, the Rec Center re-brands itself as the Christian Athletic Complex. Formally known as Fellowship Greens, the golf course becomes Stormy Creek Golf Course

2016

First Tee makes the CAC its home

The First Tee renovates the upstairs apartment turning it into office space for their staff. Stormy Creek is now the headquarters for the West Michigan Chapter.

2016

Midwest United joins the CAC

Midwest United joins the CAC as its lead soccer partner. Midwest United is currently in the process of building two full-sized turf soccer fields at the facility for their kids to enjoy for many years to come.

2017