Oakland Hills Says No One Hurt; Some Artifacts Saved

Oakland Hills Says No One Hurt; Some Artifacts Saved

Oakland Hills President Responds To Fire

A fire that began around 9 a.m. on February 17, 2022 has devastated the historic and iconic Oakland Hills Clubhouse.

A statement from Oakland Hills C.C. President Rick Palmer

“This is a gut-wrenching day for Oakland Hills. While we know that no one from the membership or staff was hurt, we have lost our iconic clubhouse, that housed our history and our place in Michigan and U.S. and international golf. Oakland Hills is tremendously grateful to firefighters who were diligent in helping save some of our priceless pieces of memorabilia.

It hurts to see this, but we are comforted to know that the heart and soul and legacy of the club resides in our membership and staff. Only time will tell what is next, but we will move forward with a purpose to honor all those who made this grand building come to life with their golf and their work.”

Oakland Hills CC President Rick Palmer

The main section has suffered extensive damage. From the photos I have seen on local news and on social media, it looks like a total loss. As of 5 p.m., crews were still working to contain the blaze. The wings of the sprawling 110,000 square foot structure are still threatened.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from a dozen departments reportedly fought the blaze.

My heart goes out to the members. They were always so gracious when I visited.

The iconic Oakland Hills Clubhouse
The iconic Oakland Hills Clubhouse from the summer of 2021

Note: the photo at top is a still from Local 4 News.

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