Regents approve $15M U-M Golf Course Clubhouse

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on July 16th, 2015 at 5:37 PM

What was originally presented at the regents meeting in May but was thrown out with no action being taken, Hackett came back and got the new U-M Golf Course Clubhouse approved in his second attempt.

Here are renderings of the Richard L. Postma Family Clubhouse at U-M Golf Course. Work is scheduled to begin in November and conclude a year later around the same time of construction.

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July 16th, 2015 at 5:41 PM ^

Was his 2nd go around simply him walking in with the artistic renderings... saying "Nike, bitches!"... dropping the mic and walking out?

the real hail_yes

July 16th, 2015 at 8:31 PM ^

Regardless of which budget it came out of, $15 mil is a huge waste... I agree that the facilities needed an update, but the reason that 75% of golf courses fail is because they overspend on the clubhouse, mostly because they expect some big payback from the outings, weddings, restaurant etc... I don't think the UM course will fail, but it certainly won't go down as a good investment.

Not to be a downer - and I'll accept my negging - but my family has been in the golf biz for decades and this is the reality.

814 East U

July 16th, 2015 at 7:03 PM ^

These changes have been in the works for awhile. And yes, they have had plans drawn to redo the entire course and go back to the original numbers (hole 9 used to be 18). They switched the front and back. The course lays out better currently and what is hole 18 now is more scenic than 9.

Fun fact: The Tee on 18 is the highest elevation point in Ann Arbor.


July 16th, 2015 at 7:33 PM ^

This is actually good to know because we had 2-3 designs for serving this building when they originally sent us the preliminary plans. Of course, all of them involve boring under W. Stadium from somewhere in the OSEH parking lot, so yeah.....not easy. 

It does look cool, and this was much needed, I think. 


July 16th, 2015 at 7:46 PM ^

was this the building that the Harbaughs lived in when Jack was first hired here? Jim mentioned living in an apartment (that could be anything with 4 walls) within one of the golf buildings in his introductory press conference.


July 16th, 2015 at 11:05 PM ^

Color me unimpressed. I haven't understood the insistence on designing every athletic facility like a corporate sponsored airport lounge. Think of the great tracks in America - part of a golf courses charm is the unique character of its clubhouse. It's how we remember them. The AD missed an nice opportunity to leave a distinctive stamp on UM's golf program, and instead basically built a hotel lobby bar.