Hosting a major requires major sacrifice on the part of a club’s membership:
Members of the Oakland Hills Country Club are used to sacrifices whenever a major golf tournament visits their beloved south course in Bloomfield Township.
They give up several weeks of golf during prime season. Many volunteer their time, working behind the scenes before and during a tournament to ensure its success. Now they’re dealing with a new sacrifice heading into the 2008 PGA Championship: their egos.
A $1.8 million redesign of the south course, completed last year by Rees Jones Inc., has made the course they call the “Monster” play tougher than it has in decades, maybe ever.
All the sacrifices — higher scores, less golf, more work — are part of the fabric of the club. Oakland Hills’ mission statement demands the club stay relevant to the world of championship golf. That might explain why the club of nearly 1,000 members always has a waiting list. Their commitment to the game is strong, no matter the cost.