Rulewich & Fleury Golf Design Created

Golf course architect Roger Rulewich and his longtime associate and protege, David Fleury, have announced the formation of their new firm, Rulewich & Fleury Golf Design.

The partnership, an outgrowth of the Rulewich Golf Group, is already celebrating the first fruits of its work with the June 3rd grand opening of Meadow Brook in Richmond, R.I.

With headquarters adjacent to the 17th hole of Crumpin-Fox Golf Club in Bernardston, R.I., Rulewich and Fleury have been adding to their resumes. Last fall, their renovation of Bermuda's Port Royal was the praised venue for the PGA of America's Grand Slam of Golf. At the new Roncao d'el Rei resort in Portugal, Rulewich & Fleury are in the midst of overseeing the development of Rei Dom Carlos, the first of four layouts at this new destination. It will open in fall 2011.

The Yale-educated Rulewich, with more than 100 national and international designs and renovations to his credit, learned his craft as the primary associate in the legendary firm of Robert Trent Jones Sr., Inc. His credits include the celebrated Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. A longtime member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) of which he was president in 1987-88, Rulewich opened his own office in western Massachusetts in the mid-90s.

Fleury, who grew up in Agawam, Mass., joined the firm in 1999 after working for Jerry Pate and Jack Nicklaus. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a background in business as well as agronomy, Fleury brings an unusual ability to the design process as a shaper. His skill in operating the machinery necessary for building a golf course complements the new partnership's philosophy of stressing the union of both idea and implementation in the field.

Though from different generations, Rulewich and Fleury share a passion for the game and have a deep respect for golf's history and traditions. "Our designs are crafted the old-fashioned way - by hand and on-site," Rulewich said.

"Roger designs in a truly classic style," Fleury said of his mentor. "He develops the concept in the office, but lets the true art happen in the field in close collaboration with the shaping team."

Among Rulewich's other projects are Fox Hopyard in Connecticut (where Fleury was the project manager and shaper), Saratoga National Golf in New York, Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Metedeconk and Ballyowen in New Jersey. Overseas work includes Adare Manor in Ireland, Grandee Nasu-Shirakawa in Japan, and Tucker's Point in Bermuda.

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