Renaissance Golf Club Debuts Initial Nine Holes

In late July, the initial nine holes of the private Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, Mass., opened for play. Brian Silva, a recent Golf World Architect of the Year award recipient, is the designer. Silva, whose course work includes Cape Cod National and Black Rock, says of his newest effort, "Renaissance is destined to become a modern classic."

Renaissance’s final layout will stretch over 7,100 yards from the tips. The club also boasts extensive practice facilities that include a three-hole course, a short-game area, two practice greens and a driving range with over an acre of artificial turf tees for year-round use. Local developer Paul Quinn is one of the project’s backers. When conceiving Renaissance, Quinn envisioned a golf course that would feel as if it had been built 100 years ago. He also sought to build one of the best private practice areas in New England.

Quinn cleared extensive regulatory hurdles before construction. The project is sensitive to the environment and has no homes within the confines of the golf course.

Quinn's efforts were rewarded when members began arriving 40 minutes prior to the unveiling of Renaissance, whose membership is now half filled. Head pro Michael Bemis said of the project, "It is great to see Mr. Quinn's plan come to fruition and the members' patience being rewarded. It is now clearly evident to all that Renaissance is a spectacular course. The front nine will soon be complete and will make Renaissance one of the premier private clubs in New England."

Club manager David Swales agreed, noting that the club welcomed a number of new members in the past month. The former manager of Wentworth Club in the United Kingdom added, "With nine holes now open, golfers can really appreciate the vision and unique qualities of Renaissance."

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