Originally both from the east side of the state, Greg and Erin Kilby met while Greg was an attorney in downtown Grand Rapids at Warner Norcross + Judd LLP.
Before meeting, Greg was brought to Grand Rapids to play soccer at Hope College, while Erin came to the area to teach after graduating from Central Michigan University. The couple joined Egypt Valley in 2009—the year they got engaged.
Greg’s journey with golf began in 1996, and in college had a number of fraternity brothers that grew up at Egypt Valley.
“He took up the game of golf to play with them,” Erin said. “Greg has played in Men’s League ever since joining and every invitational.”
Erin also grew to enjoy the game at Egypt Valley, and now goes out every Tuesday night and plays in the three-hole league—a special time for herself where she can escape with women and moms who mean the most to her.
Outside of golf, the Kilbys and their children—Harper, age 9; Eli, age 7; and Zoey, age 6—enjoy traveling and spending time with family, though the kids’ sports take up much of their time these days.
When it comes to the courses at Egypt Valley, there are several aspects the Kilbys enjoy.
“We love that the courses are challenging, that there are 36 holes so you can always get on (unlike most country clubs), and that they are family friendly,” said Erin, noting that Greg loves to take his son out and play with him. “We love the work that Jeff Holmes and his team does to keep the courses in pristine condition.”
Being members now for 12 years, the Kilbys are passionate about being involved, with Greg serving as President of the Men’s League in addition to having served on the nominating committee for the board of directors three times.
“Greg, through his company, The Kendall Group, assisted in procuring products for the west patio remodel,” Erin explained. “Together with the VandenBergs, Greg also formed and sustained a charitable golf outing to benefit our godson, Hope for Gabe.”
The Kilby family truly considers Egypt Valley their home away from home.
“We’ve been here since before we were married. We've raised our children there,” Erin said, citing reasons including hosting special occasions like their eldest daughter’s first birthday at the Club. “Since our families aren’t in town, we spend a lot of time with our EVCC family. The kids love that we’ve created traditions with some of the Club’s annual holiday events. Our kids have not only learned to golf here, but it’s also where all three kids learned to swim and play tennis, in addition to having been involved in junior golf and PGA Jr. League.”
When they’re not out on the courses, the Kilbys could be found having dinner on the back patio with friends, at the pool with the kids or watching them be involved in sports like swim and tennis, and attending special events and parties.
If you see the Kilby family around the Club, be sure to say, “Hello!”