Meadowbrook CC Earns Renovation of the Year Honors

Michigan’s Meadowbrook Country Club Earns

Renovation of the Year Honors from Golf Inc. Magazine

Historic course one of world’s top five private club honorees

Northville, Michigan (May 17, 2017)—Meadowbrook Country Club has earned a significant accolade with Golf Inc. magazine naming the course as a winner of its Renovation of the Year contest.  Meadowbrook is one of only five private club renovation projects in the world to be honored with the prestigious designation in the publication’s annual competition that is published in the May/June issue.

Arizona-based architect Andy Staples of Staples Golf Design oversaw the renovation of the legendary suburban Detroit course.  Meadowbrook Country Club embarked on a major renovation of its historic 1916 course last year to mark the milestone occasion of its 100th anniversary, and took the bold step of closing the course entirely for play.  Originally designed by Scottish classic architect Willie Park, Jr., with a later contribution by the renowned Donald Ross, Meadowbrook unveils its refreshed new look at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18.

According to general manager Joe Marini, “The club’s decision to move ahead with this project in our centennial year is paying off and is positioning Meadowbrook as one of the leaders in how a renovation should be done.  Amongst the membership, the greens are the most talked about aspects of this redesign.  Our Pure Distinction greens will be some of the best in the Detroit metro area.  Andy Staples and the design team did a spectacular job.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that Meadowbrook will be one of the most unique clubs in the area,” said Staples. “I’m honored to have been a part of it and pleased with the Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year honor.”

The Golf Inc. judges evaluated a large number of global course renovation candidates for its Renovation of the Year contest with judging based on how well each project achieved its stated goals, improved playability and maintainability, and course aesthetics.  In addition to the five private courses selected, five public facilities also were recognized.

About Meadowbrook Country Club

Meadowbrook originally was designed by Scottish classic architect Willie Park, Jr., with a later contribution by the renowned Donald Ross.  The club selected Arizona-based Andy Staples to direct the extensive makeover of its vintage course. 

Meadowbrook Country Club enjoys a rich history and the club has hosted a number of prestigious national and state tournaments, including the 1955 PGA Championship won by Doug Ford.  The former PGA TOUR Motor City Open also was contested for four years at Meadowbrook with Ben Hogan winning the inaugural tournament in 1948.  Chick Harbert, the club’s most famous head professional, won the 1954 PGA Championship title and played on two Ryder Cup teams, including the 1955 squad as captain.

As the metropolitan Detroit area now undergoes a renaissance, the club also is poised for a vibrant future entering its second century.  With the reputation as an exceptionally family-friendly club that values tradition and camaraderie, Meadowbrook’s comprehensive golf course renovation has it positioned to rank as one of the region’s finest private club membership experiences.  For more information, visit or call (248) 349-3600.