Report: Oakland Hills to vote on $11M renovation

The Detroit News
Oakland Hills will host the U.S. Amateur in August.

The South Course at Oakland Hills, which has hosted numerous major championships, reportedly could close for 14 months for renovations, starting in March 2018.

Crain’s Detroit says club members will vote to approve up to $11 million for renovations that would restore the course so that it more closely resembles the original design by Donald Ross.

"It will look a lot more like Donald Ross' original vision and probably what the membership played for the first 20-30 years after the club opened," club president Tim Hildebrand told Crain’s. "The topography reminded (Ross) of an inland links course he had seen in Scotland."

Crain’s says the $11 million would come from increases in member dues. The vote will take place this month.

The South Course, on Maple Road just east of Telegraph in Bloomfield Township, opened in 1918. It has not hosted a major since the 2008 PGA Championship, though the U.S. Amateur will be there later this summer.

Oakland Hills has hosted six U.S. Opens, most recently in 1996, the 2004 Ryder Cup, and three PGA Championships.