1970 Aerial Photo of Washtenaw Golf Club

1970 Aerial Photo of Washtenaw Golf Club

This 1970 aerial photo of Washtenaw Golf Club shows a course that has substantially fewer trees than the 2024 version, and that also is missing large ponds along the Paint Creek basin.

The photo is part of a collection maintained by the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments. The original photos of all of southeast Michigan were taken by DTE as part of a periodic energy planning survey.

The photo slider below shows the changes between the 1949 photo and the 1970 image.

1949 photo of Washtenaw Golf Club on the left; 1970 on the right.

Of note to me is that the sixteenth green (bottom of images) near the pond no longer has a circle of bunkers protecting its front. It also looks to me as though a new green is in place on fourteen (right side of bottom. One of the bunkers that currently next to the green is clearly present.

Following this is a comparison of the 1970 image and the 2024 course.

I find these photos an interesting study in the evolution of a golf course.


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