OT: Detroit PGA Tour Event Official

Submitted by twotrueblue on May 30th, 2018 at 7:32 PM

A month ago there was a thread about the possibility of Detroit getting a PGA Tour event once again. Now it is official. After Quicken Loans sponsors The National (a PGA Tour event in Washington, D.C. late next month), Quicken Loans will be sponsoring the event which will replace The National in 2019 in Detroit. The event is expected to be played at the Detroit Golf Club.

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May 30th, 2018 at 9:23 PM ^

Not sure if there has been any major renovation, but back then it was long, straight and flat with a good amount of H2O ans lots of narrow tree lined fairways. 

Always was in great shape, even after midnight when partying at a house on Fairway and we'd sneek on for some drunken vollyball in the sand traps.

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May 30th, 2018 at 9:33 PM ^

The South course is a genuine architectural gem.  A short course of Par 68, and blessedly, because it was always the little brother, they left it alone.  It is one of the sweetest examples of Donald Ross design work in the midwest.

The North course is the big course.  It can be stretched to 7,000 yards+, which is the bare minimum for modern Tour players in the era of the Pro V1 (a technological threat to Michigan's own priceless Alister Mackenzie course).  They have altered the North Course, to keep up with technology and distances in the modern era, and some of the greens work in past decades didn't work too well, but their hosting a PGA Tour event will get them on their game.  Years of hosting the Buick was very good for the conditioning of Warwick Hills.  DGC is an even better course.  Although it is flat parkland.

So what they will do is, like the world class Royal Melbourne or Gullane or some others (Wentworth?  Sunningdale?) is create a "composite" course from the two courses.  They will pinch a few of the longer par 4's from the South to replace some short par 4's on the North, and may convert a Par 5 to 4.

The club has always hosted the Horton Smith Invitational, one of Michigan's premier amateur events, and it has hosted a USGA Mid-Am in the 1990's.  There have been some rather important exhibitions there as well, including one of the war years' Ryder Cup replacement matches during WWII. 


May 30th, 2018 at 7:47 PM ^

Good to see the PGA Tour coming back to MI! I always liked watching the Buick Open at Warwick Hills. On another note, Quicken Loans are the pits to use for a mortgage, but they do spend a lot of money to promote their company! To those in the market to buy a home, work with your local mortgage broker, not Quicken!


May 30th, 2018 at 8:37 PM ^

The local options are always better, that includes the big banks, not just Quicken. Don't find one on your own, ask a Realtor for a referral. They know who can get your loan done and how. Professional disclaimer: always start the home buying process with a Realtor. Find the right one, not always the first one and not always a friend or relative. You won't regret it.


May 30th, 2018 at 8:45 PM ^

I looked at purchasing a house that sits off a fairway in 2008.  It was $43K and needed about $50K in renovations to restore it back to its former glory.  Time to make some friends with my almost neighbors.


May 30th, 2018 at 11:05 PM ^

three blocks away from the the Detroit Golf Club. Man there were some beautiful homes in those surrounding neighborhoods back in the day.

Pulling for the city of Detroit always. Hope this event is a big success.