The Country Club of Detroit will host the 2020 US Senior Amateur Championship. This is the club’s first USGA Championship since the 1954 US Amateur, which was won by Arnold Palmer. The Country Club of Detroit also hosted the 1915 US Amateur, which was won by Robert A. Gardner.
The US Senior Amateur Championship is scheduled for August 29 – September 3, 2020.
The USGA’s decision has brought hope to Southeastern Michigan golf fans that the area will see more USGA Championships, or a return of the PGA Tour. Michigan’s last PGA TOUR event, the Buick Open, packed up its bags and moved to West Virginia in 2010. The Ford Senior Championship closed shop after 2006. Other professional events in Michigan that have disappeared include the LPGA’s Oldsmobile Classic (1992 – 2004), and the Champions’ Tour’s Farmers Charity Classic (1986 – 2004).
Recent Southeastern Michigan USGA Championships include the US Amateur at Oakland Hills in 2016, and the US Senior Open at Indianwood in 2012.
Michigan is a golf-mad state, with more than 800 public courses. It is third only to California and Florida in the total number of public and private courses.
“The Country Club of Detroit and state of Michigan have always been supportive of amateur golf and the USGA is appreciative of this steadfast relationship,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident that a course where two U.S. Amateurs have been contested will provide a comprehensive examination as we identify the best senior amateur player.”
The Country Club of Detroit was founded in 1897. The course, which opened in 1927, is a Harry Colt – Charles Hugh Alison design. It was recently restored to its original design by Michigan native Tom Doak, with bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens.
The club, a 212-acre venue 12 miles north of Detroit, also features a recently renovated Tudor Revival-style clubhouse.
“The Country Club of Detroit has had a long and storied tradition in amateur golf, and it is a great honor to have been awarded the 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship,” said Dainforth B. French Jr., club president. “We are excited and proud to showcase our wonderful club, which was founded more than a century ago, and a championship golf course, now restored to its original design, to a national audience.”
The 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur will be the 33rd USGA championship hosted in Michigan, and the third Senior Amateur. In 1984, Robert Rawlins was the champion at Birmingham Country Club, and in 1991, Bill Bosshard won at Crystal Downs Country Club, in Frankfort.
The U.S. Senior Amateur was first played in 1955. The championship for golfers age 55 and older is open to any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. This year’s U.S. Senior Amateur will be played at The Minikahda Club, in Minneapolis, Minn., from Aug. 26-31. The 2018 championship is scheduled for Aug. 25-30 at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. In 2019, Old Chatham Golf Club, in Durham, N.C., will host from Aug. 24-29.