A recent tree removal programme has gone a long way to returning the course at Muskegon Country Club to the playing conditions that Donald Ross envisaged when he redesigned the layout in 1920.
Myers Park Country Club began with an A.W. Tillinghast-designed 9-hole course which Donald Ross subsequently extended to an 18-hole layout. Several architects, such as Rees Jones, Bobby Weed and Kris Spence, have since made alterations to the course that staged the 1956 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Newport Country Club is private, exclusive and also one of the original five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association.
Founded in 1898, the golf club at Northland – as its name suggests – lies way up north, near the Canadian border, and the wooded, gently rolling course sits on top of cliffs that offer fantastic views of Lake Superior from many of its fairways.
The Blue and White nines at Northmoor Country Club comprise the course of first choice at this 27-hole facility where Michael Hurdzan recently renovated the bunkers using Better Billy Bunker liner with Black Beauty fescue edging.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Well, according to the top touring pros and the Seven Dwarfs, it’s the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.
The East course at Oak Hill Country Club grabs all the golfing limelight, but golfers who want to play a largely unaltered 1926 Donald Ross layout should head for the West course.
Wayne Stiles set out the first 9-hole track at Oak Hill Country Club in 1921. Six years later, Donald Ross added another nine and redesigned five of the original holes (#1, #2, #4, #6 and #9).
Donald Ross laid out the Oak Park Country Club course in 1914, the year the club was founded, returning six years later to make revisions. Rick Jacobson renovated the layout in 2008, installing new bunkers and expanding greens.
Totally overshadowed by the South course at Oakland Hills Country Club, the North is a much-altered Donald Ross design from 1923 that provides a rather tame test when compared to that offered by its older sibling.