Ahead of the 116th US Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills, I had the chance to play rounds on both the legendary South, and the just-as-good-but-less-notorious North. The US Amateur will be contested August 15 – 21 on both the North and South Courses at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Like the South, the North Course at Oakland Hills was designed by Donald Ross. The South opened in 1918; the North, in 1924.
The USGA has set up the North Course for a course rating of 75.1 and a slope of 142. The South will play to a 77.5/146. The South course will play at 7, 334 yards with a par of 70, The North will be at 6, 849 and also a par of 70.
The South course normally is a par 72, but two of the par fives were redesignated as lengthy par fours. Oakland Hills North is regularly a par 70
My Oakland Hills North Photo Tour is below, along with the yardages given by the USGA for the US Amateur Championship: