First off, contrary to what's printed in most places, including newspapers, it's two words - Meadow Brook.

Second, if you haven't been to Meadow Brook Golf Course in over a decade, you might be surprised. The course is much improved. There is grass in places besides the greens and tees."The course is totally different from 10 years ago," said longtime pro Jim Healy. "We have an improved irrigation system and we have nicer fairways and grass in the roughs."

Meadow Brook used to have serious soil problems, similar to those at the new airport course with too much alkaline in the soil. Ironically, the floods of 1983, which closed half the course for almost a year, helped improve it.

The flooded Jordan River, which borders the east side of the course, brought in extra sand and silt, improving the soil.

"We came out with a better golf course," said Healy. "People who played here 15 years ago and have come back can't believe it."

One of the problems is finding the place. Despite being located smack dab in the middle of the valley at 41st South and 13th West, Meadow Brook is not the easiest place to find. It's best to approach from the north, along 13th West.

Meadow Brook was designed by the legendary Mick Riley and built in 1950. The land is as flat as a pancake and most of the holes are dead straight with trees lining the fairways. The greens are elevated slightly in the tradition of links courses in Britain.

The best holes are probably two of the par-5s, the 500-yard 2nd hole and the 500-yard 11th (most of the hole lengths are rounded off to the nearest zero). No. 2 features a pond immediately in front of the left half of the green, a pond that can't be seen from your driving position. So you need to aim to the right, toward the sand traps.

The 8th is a tough par-3, measuring 200 yards (give or take a few yards). The back nine is nearly 400 yards shorter than the front, but the holes have a bit more variety to them. The finishing hole looks ominous from the blue tees, with a couple of streams to hit over and a fairly sharp dogleg to the left. But from the whites, it's an easy par-5 at just 450 yards.

Meadow Brook has an active men's club and the ladies fill up the course Tuesday mornings. It's also a popular place for senior golfers, who find the course not overly challenging or busy.

Next week: Tri City

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Chart

Meadow Brook Golf Course

Location: 4197 S. 1300 West, Taylorsivlle

Head Professional: Jim Healy

Cost: $6/$12, Carts $7/$14, range $1.50/$3

Reservations: Call 266-0971, Mon for Tues-Wed, Wed for Thu-Fri, Thu for Sat-Sun-Mon

Easiest time to get on: 12-3 Weekdays, After 3 Weekends

Course Record: Gary Davis 64, Mike Borich, Ellsworth vines 65 (competitive)

Difficulty (5=highest, 0=lowest)

Layout/scenery (3)

Enjoy Ability Index (2)

Hole Par Yards*

1 4 330

2 5 500

3 4 420

4 4 380

5 4 380

6 3 140

7 4 420

8 3 200

9 5 500

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out 36 3270

10 3 135

11 5 500

12 4 290

13 3 170

14 5 465

15 4 340

16 4 385

17 3 120

18 5 450

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in 36 2855

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Total 72 6431