Andy Staples of Staples Golf Design is set to begin work on a plan to completely upgrade Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, Michigan, site of the 1955 PGA Championship.

Meadowbrook was originally built as a six-hole course in 1916 by Willie Park Jr. and will close in 2016 to rebuild all 18 greens, renovate all the bunkers and tee complexes and convert over 20 acres of maintained turf to native vegetation.

“The primary goal of the project is to restore the course to its classic 1916 design while providing more consistent, quality conditions on a daily basis for our members,” says General Manager, Joseph Marini. “Like most courses in the area, our course was hit hard by the winter of 2013-14. This project allows us to upgrade while getting the most out of the property. This is an absolute game changer for us.”

“I’m so excited to get this project underway,” says the golf course superintendent Mike Edgerton, GCSAA. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m certain our members are going to be blown away with what is going to happen here.”

Set to begin construction by the end of 2015, with a planned opening in early spring of 2017, Staples will use the original Park design as inspiration for the rest of the course. The greens will be constructed in a manner consistent with the current Park-style greens, and the bunkers will be converted to a flat sand bottom with steep grass faces. All fairways are planned to be converted to bentgrass and the outer roughs to a drought tolerant bluegrass-fescue blend. A native grass palette will also be integrated throughout the course in order to provide a contrast of textures while reducing the amount of maintained turf.