Oakland Hills CC (South Course)- Bloomfield Hills, MI

Designer: Royce Brown

Course Description:

Founded in 1916, Oakland Hills Country Club has, and will continue to play a significant role in the history of golf in the United States. Walter Hagen, five time PGA Champion, was the club's first head professional. The South Course has played host to 16 Major Championships including: six U.S. Opens; two U.S. Senior Opens; U.S. Women’s Amateur; U.S. Men’s Amateur; Western Open; the Carling World Open; the 35th Ryder Cup in 2004; and three PGA Championships -- including the 90th PGA Championship in 2008. Some of the greatest players ever to play the game including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Ben Hogan have competed and won on the famed South Course, also known as "The Monster". The membership is proud of the heritage of their club and consider themselves stewards of a national golf treasure.

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
2016 Midwest Classic Web.com Rob Landon
2016 Ryder Cup 2016 True Sim 0

Other Courses by Royce Brown

Course Name Theme Par
Augusta National ('18 WorldTour) Rural 72
Augusta National '18 pins Rustic 72

Member Reviews:

I've been to this course before, at the 08 PGA Championship, albeit I wasn't really studying the course while I was there. While playing this course, I went straight to the holes that I remembered, the 5th, the 7th, 12th, and 18th. I also looked for some holes that I emulated, namely the 6th hole (Ross Society) and the 11th hole (Doak Valley). I wish I knew then what I knew now, because I appreciate this course so much more now. The 11th greensite alone, tucked in a saddle right below the 8th (I think?) green, is worth the price of admission. 

Oakland Hills captures the feel of what we think of as parkland, country club, US Open-style golf, and this rendition captures the essence of the course and property in incredible fashion. The sheer amount of research, dedication, and hours that went into this course is what real course creation is all about. It's about living and breathing with the course for months at a time, until you understand all of the strategic elements, and exactly what the architect saw. 

Due to the huge undulations in the greens here, it's probably not quite possible to match the exact real life conditions of the course. With that in mind, some elite players may be able to score well here in the right conditions. For the rest of us, pray for calm winds, and make sure you find the fairway (no light rough) and the right quadrant of the green. 
Reviewed by: Craig LeVasseur on 5/11/2016