Huntington Woods Fights To Keep Donald Ross Course Alive

The moronic City Council and Mayor of Detroit intend to sell the city’s Rackham Golf Course to developers. The City of Huntington Woods, which lies adjacent to the course, correctly wants to preserve the historic course.

They’re in court now.

The course was built in 1924 by Horace and Mary Rackham and given to the City of Detroit with the understanding that it remain a golf course. The track was designed by none other than the legendary Donald Ross. The course is historically important—not only for the designer—but because it was one of the few open to African American golfers. Joe Louis, and various Motown stars were regulars here. Rackham Pro Ben Davis was one of the first African American teaching pros in the country. Davis, who is now in his mid-90s, still plays there twice a week when weather permits.

Read this previous GolfBlogger article on Rackam. The photo is from the Flickr collection here.

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