Franklin Hills - Michigan - USA

Franklin Hills Country Club,
31675 Inkster Road,
Franklin,
Michigan 48025-1382,
USA


  • +1 (248) 851 6632

  • Scott Cummings

  • Donald J. Ross

  • Jeffrey Ferry


A wonderful old Donald Ross golf course that has remained largely intact since it first opened in 1926, Franklin Hills Country Club is laid out on a tight tract of land to the north west of Detroit. Indeed, the fact that Ross was able to route 18 holes over such a compact site is testament to the master architect’s design talent.

While other Donald Ross courses (like nearby Oakland Hills) have received plenty of attention down the years, the strictly private profile of Franklin Hills has allowed very few visiting golfers the opportunity to play here. Such exclusivity has had the benefit of preserving the course because the club has had no changes to the layout forced upon it by outside tournament committees.

On the front nine, the 397-yard 2nd hole is a fine par four where three cross bunkers compel golfers to consider their path from tee to green with great care. On the back nine, the 410-yard 17th is another strong two-shotter that sees the fairway dogleg acutely right around water before reaching the green.

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Description: A wonderful old Donald Ross golf course that has remained largely intact since it first opened in 1926, Franklin Hills Country Club is laid out on a tight tract of land to the north west of Detroit. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

“Everything breaks towards 13th Mile Road” is a comment you’ll hear all day at this magnificent Donald Ross classic gem. Golfers quickly become orientated with where they stand relative to 13th Mile Road as the land moves towards it.

This course has a very tough start. A downhill opener is followed by a blind tee-shot over a hill leaving you an approach shot from an uneven lie into a tiered green that slopes from right to left. To rub salt into your early wounds, the 3rd hole is a long par three to a perched elevated green. Mr. Ross brings your heart rate up right from the start!

The greens at Franklin Hills were so well thought out, each of them being very unique and among the best Ross ever created. I can vividly remember the shaping on each of them and how the bunkers fit so well. There’s plenty of change in elevation to keep you interested and enough doglegs to make you think about club selection off the tee. I was tremendously impressed with this old classic.

5 / 6
Franklin Hills
June 07, 2017


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Franklin Hills was returned to its original Donald Ross specifications by restoration architect Ron Pritchard in 2004. While not among Ross’s best efforts, Franklin Hills is a charming course with a few notable holes, the most memorable being the short “volcano hole”, number 13: after a drive to a broad fairway, the golfer is left with a short iron to a tiny (less than 3,000 square feet) green that is 30 feet above the fairway. Other notable holes include 14, a long par 3 with a devilish green and 17, a dogleg around a tree and a large pond. Some of Ross’s work, however, has few teethe left. The cross bunkers on # 2, for example, are easily carried from the tee. The greens are more mundane than Ross’s work at other southern Michigan courses, e.g. Barton Hills and Oakland Hills North. And with only three dogleg holes, there are fewer places where positioning the tee ball for the correct angle to the green is required. The course is usually in excellent condition, as was the case in June of 2015, and the restoration left many greens where a running approach shot works.
4 / 6
Franklin Hills
June 15, 2015


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