New manager of The Patch in town to finalize details

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There were plenty of Southern accents, but some Scottish brogues were also overheard Friday in Red Douglas Clubhouse at Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

Brian Hendry's firm will rent Augusta Municipal Golf Course from the city for $1,000 a month starting in January.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
Brian Hendry's firm will rent Augusta Municipal Golf Course from the city for $1,000 a month starting in January.

Brian Hendry, of Aberdeen, Scotland, hunkered down at a corner table with several associates, negotiating equipment leases and making other arrangements in advance of Jan­uary, when his firm will take over management of the city-owned golf course.

On a sunny November day with about 20 golfers playing the course, about twice as many as were in the clubhouse talking.

“I’m going to build on that,” said Hendry, the chairman of The Patch Golf Club, the course’s management company. He was visiting Augusta from Aberdeen by way of Chicago, where he spent several hours with Da­vid Ogilvie III, the grandson of David Ogil­vie, a Scottish immigrant who served many years as pro at Augusta Country Club and designed Augusta Municipal Golf Course, known affectionately by most as “The Patch.”

Hendry plans to officially change the course’s name to The Patch. His card and necktie sport the Ogilvie tartan, while the new Patch logo bears Scottish and American flags and a tiny head of cabbage.

Hendry is enthused about reclaiming the course’s Scot­tish ties, its connection to the Ogilvies and its roots in Au­gusta golf history, though he acknowledges Augusta already is home to the world’s greatest golf course.

“Why would anyone even think of trying to compete with that?” Hendry said.

His firm, which will rent the course from Augusta for $1,000 a month, plans changes to two of its most visible holes – transforming a nearly flat bunker on No. 13 into a forboding pit reminiscent of a deep Aberdeen granite quarry, and remaking a pond on No. 14 into a lush water feature, he said.

They won’t do it on the backs of players, Hendry said. The club’s annual $500 adult memberships will provide a weekly golfer “some of the cheapest golf in the Uni­ted States,” while walk-in rates will remain as they are now, he said. Senior and junior memberships will be less, Hendry said.

The plans are set to go live soon at www.thepatchaugusta.com.

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etlinks 11/19/11 - 06:50 am
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Good luck Mr. Hendry.

Good luck Mr. Hendry.

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LocalLawyer 11/19/11 - 04:53 pm
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Glad they are saving this

Glad they are saving this historic course. When I was a kid, they didn't even charge us to play as long as we got out of the way of every adult golfer who came up behind us and let them through. It wasn't that we were bad golfers. The lesson the old pro was trying to teach us was to respect our elders - something junior golfers don't always do these days. I learned a lot of great life lessons from the game (humility, honesty, good sportsmanship) and from the wonderful people who played and ran The Patch in the early 90's. Best of luck to Mr. Hendry.

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