When the South Course of Oakland Hills was formally opened on July 13, 1918, it already enjoyed a certain degree of prestige. After all, the course was designed by the foremost golf course architect of his day - Donald Ross and the Club had engaged, as its first professional - Walter Hagen who had already won the United States Open.
Oakland Hills' South Course is now world-renowned and is consistently picked among the top ten tests of golf in the United States and, indeed, the world. Its reputation is well earned.
No stranger to Major Championship golf, Oakland Hills as already hosted 10 Major Championships.
|1924||US Open||Cyril Walker|
|1937||US Open||Ralph Guldahl|
|1951||US Open||Ben Hogan|
|1961||US Open||Gene Littler|
|1972||PGA Championship||Gary Player|
|1979||PGA Championship||David Graham|
|1981||US Senior Open||Arnold Palmer|
|1985||US Open||Andy North|
|1991||US Senior Open||Jack Nicklaus|
|1996||US Open||Steve Jones|
|2002||US Amateur||Ricky Barnes|
|2004||Ryder Cup Matches||TBD|
Although many tournaments have been held throughout the years at Oakland Hills, the one which gave the course its greatest reputation as "The Monster" was the 1951 Open. Ben Hogan won with a total of 287 by shooting a final round 67 after which he was quoted as saying "I am glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees." He also said that it was "the greatest test of golf I have ever played and the toughest course."
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course)*
|*Distance shown in yards.|
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