Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville showed off a shiny renovated golf course in 2017, but the club isn’t finishing investing in golf for its membership.
As part of a $15 million master plan the club has preliminary plans to break ground in December on a new maintenance building, and then in the spring start work on a new indoor performance center with the latest in technology. Improvements to the driving range and the addition of a short-game practice facility, as well as some work on the clubhouse are also part of the plans.
“That’s in addition to what was completed on the golf course in 2017,” Mike Rossen, general manager, said. “It’s all been approved and we’ve started making preliminary plans to make it happen.”
The golf course was closed starting in October of 2015 for 18 months. The $5.9 million renovation, which earned a 2017 Design Excellence Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for Arizona-based architect Andy Staples, marked the club’s centennial celebration in 2016.
“There is a very engaged membership here,” said Rossen, who has been at the club for three years. “It’s a very golf-centered membership that is very passionate about the game.”
BLOOMFIELD HILLS RESTORATION
Bloomfield Hills Country Club opened on May 29 following a complete course restoration to its original Harry Colt design and it has been extremely well-received by the membership according to Garrett Campbell, the head golf professional.
“In addition to the complete course restoration there were some other things done for functionality, like improving the practice facility, a new staging area and practice green that really changed the aesthetics of the club,” Campbell said declining to put a money figure on the project.
Michigan-based architect Mike DeVries and his partners did the project based on unearthed documents that attribute the original design of the course to Colt. LaBar Renovations did the construction work that started in July 2020.
The project included the rebuilding of some greens and tees, new tees constructed, all bunkers being renovated to a Colt style, expansion of the practice range, and the return to the original Colt routing. In addition, some bunkers were relocated and eliminated, and new liners were installed. The course plays now between 6,831 yards to 4,841 yards and par 71.
WASHTENAW GOLF CLUB
Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs, Inc., of Holland, Mich., has completed a long-range Master Plan and is moving ahead on renovation and restoration at Washtenaw Golf Club, one of the oldest courses in the state.
Dave Kendall, operating partner and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame instructor, Steve Davis, an automotive businessman, and Nick Ma, a restauranteur, became the owners of Washtenaw in January of 2020.
The gradual renovation project will involve some restoration and some remodeling of a classic course that started out as a 3-hole course in 1899, was expanded to 6 holes and then 9 holes in the early 1900s and finally to 18 in 1922.
During Hearn’s research for the Master Plan he found that the course was designed – at least the final nine holes – by William Herbert “Bert” Way, a golf professional and golf course designer from England. The architect also found in his research of the course a rare 1930 aerial photo of Washtenaw that he is using to help restore some of the original design concepts.