EXCLUSIVE: The Rebirth of Metacomet – Met Links
A nine hole golf course will open “sometime in 2024” on the property formerly known as Metacomet Golf Club in East Providence.
The course will not be called Metacomet, but Met Links.
“We certainly wanted to pay homage to Metacomet, the Tribal history, the name of the course. So Met Links seemed to be a contemporary spin on Metacomet,” said Robert McNeil, President and Principal Architect at the Northeast Golf Company, in an exclusive interview with GolfNewsRI.
Northeast Golf Company will begin work in June and that will take three to four months, so be done by August or September.
Everything will grow in and the course will be set to play in 2024. There is no exact opening date at this point.
After being purchased by Marshall Properties, Metacomet closed its doors for good in September of 2020 and since then there has been plenty of talk about what is going to happen to the property.
McNeil unveiled that a golf course, in some form, was always going to be part of the plan.
“We (Northeast Golf Company) came on board about eight months ago. We were contacted to explore what this could be, what are the possibilities. We kept going back to the history of the property and looked at what can we keep, what can we restore, reimagine and recapture in the historical Ross concept of the golf course. We put a lot of holes on paper, a lot of different variations. What we have now is a nine hole regulation golf course on essentially the front nine of Metacomet,” said McNeil.
Northeast Golf Company is rerouting the course, fixing up some bunkers and more.
Once the course opens, NGC will also help put a staff in place to manage it.
Back 9, Front 9, Clubhouse
As GolfNewsRI reported, Metacomet’s back nine greens were ripped up and sold to Brae Burn Country Club in November of 2021.
McNeil says that Northeast Golf Company was able to save five additional greens, as well as, the practice putting green. However, Metacomet’s original back nine is gone.
As for the new nine holes, Northeast Golf Company was given space for seven holes.
So essentially, they had to fit nine holes in a seven hole frame, meaning some rerouting had to be done.
“We had old members in mind when we were developing the final routing. How can we make what’s there as good as it could be,” said McNeil.
In March of 2021, GolfNewsRI got exclusive drone video of the Metacomet clubhouse being destroyed.
McNeil says that a new clubhouse being built is probably a year or two away.
“In all likelihood, at the beginning of the program here, there is going to be some type of temporary structure that can place hold as a clubhouse, pro shop, check in point, cart storage area etc… All that is going to be handled mobily from day one and then once the build out of the broader development happens, the clubhouse will be built into that development. Probably a year or two away.”
There is still some permitting and things going on, but the final plans for the course are set and work will begin in about a month.
McNeil concludes, “Stay positive about Metacomet because it is going to be special. It’s not a negative story anymore. It’s a positive story now, an exciting opportunity for everyone to walk away from the past and look forward to the future of what this property is going to be.”
Other Notes & Tidbits
McNeil on working with Marshall Properties:
“They have been awesome, it’s been great. I can tell you that they have been committed to this golf course and this property from day one. We are dealing with Paul Pisano who is their VP of Development and he has been the biggest cheerleader for this golf course. They hired Paul Jamrog, who was the Superintendent there years ago, they brought him back. We have a great team that’s very excited about what we are going to do out there.“
Met Links & Junior Golf
“Course will be available for juniors. We want to integrate into the East Providence/Providence market and the school systems there. It will be good enough to handle any of those kind of events.”