President Dianne Boardley Suber will host the annual Juneteenth Celebration and Inaugural Summer Blues Festival, Saturday, June 23 starting at 12 p.m. at St. Aug’s very own Golf Course and Recreational Complex at Meadowbrook. Juneteenth and Meadowbrook are both rich in history. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of American slavery, which makes hosting the event at Meadowbrook rather appropriate due to its own history.
Meadowbrook was founded in 1959 by 45 black men who were prominent members of society. Barred from membership at segregated clubs in the area, the men worked together to build Meadowbrook so their families would have a place for recreational and social activities.
Saint Augustine's University bought Meadowbrook in 2007. Original members wanted to ensure that its legacy as a traditionally black country club was preserved. President Dianne Boardley Suber said the University plans to continue the legacy started by the 45 charter members through the students who now benefit from their investment.
“(Buying the golf course) was not just an investment in property, but an investment in the future,” Suber said.
Currently, Meadowbrook is a 9-hole golf course located in Garner NC, just south and east of Raleigh. It is a public course offering one of the best golfing experiences in the area.
Meadowbrook has undergone an intense face lift within the past year, including: new bathrooms, windows, doors, paint, ceilings and light fixtures. When asked why such renovations were necessary, Robert Hinton, General Manager of Meadowbrook stated, “The physical upgrades were part of my vision for Meadowbrook. We want to make this a family oriented place.” Hinton went on to say, “If you look at golf as a whole, it lacks diversity. The reason we don’t see as much diversity is because minority kids aren’t introduced to golf. We need to introduce them to golf at an early age. Golf needs to also be affordable. That is my mission.”
Meadowbrook is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Various activities are offered at Meadowbrook for all ages including, golf lessons, putt-putt, fishing and the meeting room is available for rental. Meadowbrook is open to the public-8 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 919-516-5010 or click here.