I recently had the opportunity to play a round at the legendary Oakland Hills South, ahead of the 116th US Amateur Championship. 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.
Both the North and South courses at Oakland Hills were designed by Donald Ross. The South opened in 1918; the North, in 1924. Robert Trent Jones renovated the South in 1950. Rees Jones updated it again in 2006. This year marks the centennial of the club.
The USGA has set up the South Course for a course rating of 77.5, and a slope of 146. The North will play to a 75.1/142. 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.
My Oakland Hills South Photo Tour is below, along with the yardages given by the USGA for the US Amateur Championship:
The Oakland Hills South Photo Tour was first published July 16, 2016.