1916 marks the 100th aniversary of Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Michigan. Andy Staples, ASGCA, and Staples Golf Design, has been named to lead a major renovation of the course, originally designed by Willie Park, Jr., with later contributions from ASGCA Founding Member Donald Ross.
A press release annoucing the project states:
“Andy Staples’ keen sense of vision and passion for golf architecture is allowing for something special to take shape here at Meadowbrook,” said general manager Joseph D. Marini. “Willie Park Jr.’s parkland features, which have been prevalent throughout the property for the past 100 years, are being paid homage through Andy’s design work. I feel the centennial design he has created will solidify Meadowbrook as one of the premier courses in the region.”
Meadowbrook is closed for play in 2016 as architect Staples implements the phases of his extensive master plan. Renovation work includes the rebuilding of greens, tees, bunkers, and a few holes are being re-routed in order to improve the course’s playability for all skill levels. Some new tees also will be added. Importantly, significant water conservation will result from better drainage. Staples visited a number of Willie Park Jr.’s finest heathland designed courses in England and he plans to incorporate some Park influences by planting tall fescue in rough areas and introducing ingenious mounding. The newly renovated golf course is expected to re-open in the spring of 2017.
“What Meadowbrook has going here in Northville is absolutely fantastic,” says architect Andy Staples. “I’m honored to be a part of their storied history and witness the energy and enthusiasm the members have for the game of golf and their club. Our plan for the golf course reflects the DNA of what makes Meadowbrook so special. Not only does it take into account the needs of today’s members but it positions the club to be truly sustainable for the future. I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”