RICHMOND, R.I. (June 2, 2010) – Meadow Brook, just one of the few new golf courses opening in the U.S. this year, makes its grand debut this week. The picturesque layout, the longest in the state, is set on the land that formed this small town’s historic public course of the same name, but the new Meadow Brook is a vastly different course.
Designed by Roger Rulewich and David Fleury of Rulewich & Fleury Golf Design, Meadow Brook is owned and managed by the Hendrick family. With five sets of tees, stretching the course from 5,308 yards to 7,468 yards, the par-72 course is very walkable. Large greens, providing multiple hole location options, are framed by contoured slopes that demand an excellent short game. Water comes into play on seven holes.
Having always lived in or around the small Rhode Island town of Richmond, Pete and Jay Hendrick identified with the rocky pastures and wooded enclaves of their hometown.
When one of their favorite local properties became available four years ago, they acquired what the Hendricks call, “the best site for a golf course in the entire state.”
They were not the only ones who felt that way.
“I remember walking the property for the first time on a cold February day in 2006 with Pete and Jay,” says Fleury. “We hadn’t gone far before I stopped to tell them, that between the rolling terrain, beautiful oaks and conifers, and the soil conditions, I had not seen a site so perfectly situated for a golf course.” Adds Rulewich, “This was a site that would have been chosen in the early days of golf course design.”
Defined by love of the land and the core values of hard work and deep commitment, the Hendricks’ love of what they do is evident in every aspect of Meadow Brook’s construction. The third golf course owned and operated by the Hendrick family, Meadow Brook is a modern course with classic virtues. Every carefully crafted teeing ground and green complex, stunning fairway corridor and oak-bordered rough affirms the values of its owners and architects.
Working closely with their architects, the Hendricks literally built Meadow Brook themselves. They operated the machinery that cleared trees, shaped contours, dug bunkers. Laboring tirelessly in every kind of New England weather, they paid close attention to every detail, from each tree to be saved to protecting natural stony ledges.
“To have as its proprietors a family so involved in every aspect of its creation and operation is very special,” Rulewich said. “I am thrilled to have been part of it.”
Rulewich & Fleury have been part of numerous award-winning projects, which include Saratoga National Golf in New York, Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Fox Hopyard in Connecticut, Crumpin-Fox in Massachusetts and Metedeconk and Ballyowen in New Jersey. Overseas work includes Adare Manor in Ireland, Grandee Nasu-Shirakawa in Japan, Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic and Tucker’s Point and Port Royal in Bermuda.
Meadow Brook is currently accepting tee time reservations up to seven days in advance by calling (401) 539-8491.
Regular rates for 2010:
$75 Monday through Thursday, $90 Friday through Sunday (with cart)
$60 Monday through Thursday; $75 Friday through Sunday (no cart)
Senior rates for 2010:
$65 (with cart), $50 (no cart); Monday through Thursday only
For additional information, access the web site at www.meadowbrookgolfri.com.
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Hunter Public Relations
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