James II once banned golf in Scotland to allow his soldiers more time for archery, a decision he regretted when his kingdom was conquered by a flurry of dimpled white grenades launched by English 9-irons. History bequeaths no mulligans, but you can with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get nine holes of golf (up to a $13 value per person) and a cart rental for two (a $7 value per person) at Meadowbrook Golf Club in Weedsport (up to a $43.20 total value, including tax).
Speckled with expansive fairways and lush, well-trimmed greens, Meadowbrook Golf Club's natural landscape offers committed golfers a pristine range for hunting eagles and rare double-birdies. Owned and operated by PGA golf professional Trey Walewski and his family, the course’s inimitable design strikes a harmonious accord between its impeccable, newly-constructed greens and the land’s dairy-farm past. The late-romantic style of renowned landscape architect Mother Nature is apparent throughout, with sandy bunkers tastefully punctuating the elegant sprawl of fairways and flag markers ascending toward the heavens. Paired players can chase down errant balls or stage elaborate, low-speed chase scenes in a zippy golf cart as they make their way through the course’s nine challenging holes.
Meadowbrook’s country-club approach to public golf is evident not only in the course’s rolling greens, but also in a lively bar and grill where players can wind down after a record-setting round. The restaurant’s dining area affords stunning views of the course, and the pro shop next door can ably replace putters lost to violent fits of quadruple-bogey rage.
Meadowbrook Golf Club
Located in central New York, just off New York State Thruway exit 40, midway between Rochester and Syracuse, sonorous moos and sloshing tins of milk once echoed across this idyllic nine-hole course, which James and Dee Ball converted from their family dairy farm in 1968. Since then, Meadowbrook Golf Club has seen a slew of proprietors, each of whom have added their own distinct touch by installing automatic watering, improving the drainage system, or building a 40’x80’ pole barn to house equipment and botched Dorf clones.
In May 2008, PGA golf professional Trey Walewski and his wife, Tina, took over the Meadowbrook. The golf club remains a family owned and operated business with Trey and Tina, and their daughters, Taylor and Sydney, taking on the operations of the course, practice facilities, pro shop, and bar and grill.
8702 Ball Rd.
Weedsport, New York 13166