EAST LANSING – Founded in 1899, Detroit Golf Club has evolved for over a century into a graceful, challenging and picturesque property with history and pedigree at every turn.
Accolades have been many and the latest is its selection as the 2019 Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA).
“What better golf course to represent our industry than Detroit Golf Club,” Jada Paisley, executive director of the MGCA said in making the announcement. “The quality of the course and the excellence of the management team outshone other contenders for this recognition.”
From humble beginnings as a six-hole course, the now 36-hole footprint stands in Detroit as a symbol of renovation and resurgence in the City of Detroit. The 2019 inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club brought a PGA TOUR event back to Michigan. Over the past decade, DGC presidents strategized on how to make the course tournament worthy and it paid off with a tournament that drew rave reviews.
“We are both proud and humbled to have been selected Golf Course of the Year,” said Derek Jacques, chief operating officer for Detroit Golf Club. “That’s two major wins for DGC and Detroit in one year.”
The MGCA Course of the Year Award honors a member course that meets four criteria: exceptional quality of the course; exceptional quality of ownership and management; outstanding contribution to its community; and significant contribution to the game.
Detroit Golf Club’s history is immersed in the tradition of the game and the fabric of Detroit. The clubhouse, designed by Albert Kahn in 1916, continues to welcome a wide cross-section of individuals, families, business leaders and more to a beautiful setting and a broad range of activities for all ages. DGC features two signature golf courses designed by architect Donald Ross, the legend behind many of North America’s premier courses.
In addition to championship golf, the club’s amenities include an aquatics center, athletic facilities, children’s amenities, casual dining options and more. Over the years improvements have been made to the golf course grounds, but with a strong desire to preserve the unique history of the club and its courses.
DGC, one of Michigan’s original great golf courses, added to its history with the nationally televised Rocket Mortgage Classic and the PGA TOUR showcasing a grand part of Michigan golf.
“Detroit Golf Club put us back on the map,” said MGCA Board President Robert Koutnik of Fox Run Country Club in Grayling. “Hundreds of thousand golfers and golf fans got a glimpse at our great state and city because of Detroit Golf Club. We’re back!”