Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club was home to one of the longest-running PGA events, as the Buick Open was held from 1958 to 2009 at this course in the Flint area. Unfortunately, fluctuating fortunes at General Motors led the company to discontinue its sponsorship, but a continued national interest in golf has kept Warwick a respected name in Michigan.
The route, originally designed by Donald Ross' foreman James Harrison and his son-in-law "Fred" Garbin (an avowed Ross fan), consists of two “L”-shaped nines heading out from the clubhouse and making the most of the club’s narrow property. Although peaking at 7,100 yards (more than enough for the average scratch golfer, if not the PGA pro), much of the defense is conducted by the tree-lined corridors, placing a premium on accuracy.
Those who find the fairway may confront some curious pin positions, as many of the greens feature asymmetrical knobs that extend out from the putting surface, allowing awkward pin placements that challenge golfers looking to score.