The names Donald Ross and Brad Faxon are on the short list of most influential figures in Rhode Island golf history. Ross designed or remodeled some of the Ocean State’s most iconic courses: Newport Country Club, Rhode Island Country Club, Wannamoisett Country Club. Faxon is one of the state’s best players, twice a Rhode Island Amateur champion who won eight times on the PGA Tour.
Now, in perhaps an unexpected way, their paths have become intertwined.
Last month, a group led by Faxon purchased Metacomet Country Club, a private club that dates to 1901 and whose 18-hole course in East Providence was redesigned by Ross from 1924-26. The sale price was $2.2 million, and it has made Faxon, at 57, a first-time golf course owner.
Why now, and why Metacomet?
“It’s a culmination of a bunch of things,” Faxon said. “Sentimentally, it was a place that meant a lot to me growing up. My dad (Brad Faxon Sr.) was a member, still is a member. He was a club champion, I was a club champion. My wife’s parents are members. There was so much abo...
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