Oakland Hills (North) - Michigan - USA

Oakland Hills Country Club,
Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan (MI) 48301,
USA


  • +1 248 433 0671

  • Chris Berlin

  • Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones

  • Pat Croswell


Established in 1916, Oakland Hills Country Club is the proud possessor of two fabulous Donald Ross designs: the South course, unveiled two years after the club was formed and host to more than a dozen major championships down the years, and the North course, which made its debut six years after its older sibling.

In the mid-1960s, the North underwent a major redesign and renovation by Robert Trent Jones Snr, resulting in the reversal of the 1st, 9th, 15th and 16th holes. The length was increased from 6,300 yards to 6,668 yards and the number of bunkers rose from around twenty to more than ninety.

In addition to all the on course modifications, the infrastructure at Oakland Hills was greatly improved with the installation of an aluminium bridge, 11 feet wide by 210 feet long, across Maple Road to connect the North with the South course.

When the US Amateur Championships were held at the club in 2002 and 2016, both the North and the South courses were used for these competitions.

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Description: 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. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Across the street from Oakland Hills’ renowned South course is its poor cousin: Oakland Hills North. A public course for 35 years until 1968, it’s far better than most public courses, but suffers in comparison with the South. While it’s a Donald Ross design, Ross was never on site, leaving the work to his right hand man, Charles Banks. Subsequently, Robert Trent Jones made at least as many changes here as across the street, including reversing holes 1 and 9 and holes 15 and 16. Further alterations by Rees Jones and Arthur Hills left little of Ross’s work untouched. And subsequent mowing patterns (such as at the fifth green where the square corners at the back of the green are now round) further altered the course. The result is a good course with some fine holes (4, 9, and 16 come to mind) but one that does not compare well to the South Course and to many of the other fine courses in the Detroit area.
4 / 6
Oakland Hills (North)
July 01, 2015


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