Detroit Rejects Plan To Turn New Rogell Into A Cemetary

The City of Detroit has rejected plans to turn the historical New Rogell golf course into a cemetery. The course remains closed, however.

Officials said that a cemetery would diminish property values in the area and create traffic issues.

I wonder how a cemetery would work, since vast areas of the property are on a flood plain. The vision of displaced coffins is … disturbing.

You can see my requiem for this Donald Ross design here.

New Rogell opened as the Phoenix Country Club in 1914, with an original nine designed by Tom Bendelow. It was founded by Max Fisher (of Fisher Body fame) as a Jewish golf club, since Jews were not allowed as members of other area courses. It was sold to the city of Redford in 1921, which hired Donald Ross to redo the original nine and finish the layout.

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