Current Course Conditions:  28º F
Welcome back,  | Logout

North Course Tour

Detroit Golf Club offers two of the most challenging rounds of golf in the Detroit area. When it comes to designing premier golf courses, Donald Ross is a significant part of history. His layouts have challenged the best in the game for over 100 years and Detroit Golf Club is proud to provide our Members with two of his legacies.


At just over 7,000 yards from the Gold Tees, the North Course is the longer of the two. It features narrow, tree-lined fairways, which make club selection an important part of the round. The undulating greens and 
treacherous bunkering ensures you bring your a-game all the way up to the pin.


Our South Course is a little shorter, measuring just under 6,000 yards in comparison. Don’t be fooled by this. The long par 4’s and difficult greens make it every bit a challenge as its longer neighbor. The South Course features six Par 3's, each of which is sure to test your patience and mental toughness. This course is no pushover, in fact some believe it is the most traditional Donald Ross course this side of the Mississippi.  

 

Hole 1
 Yardage
Gold
340
Black
326
Blue
311
White
294
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 13/13
 


 
HOLE 1
Par 4 • 338 Yards


This short hole presents a chance to loosen up your swing. Two new greenside bunkers were added in 1983.

Former DGC Head Professional George Bayer regularly drove the green of this modest opening hole. 



 

Hole 2

 Yardage
Gold
554
Black
538
Blue
529
White
496
 Par (Men/Women): 5/5 | Handicap (Men/Women): 1/1





HOLE 2
Par 5 • 547 Yards


This long, narrow hole requires an accurate approach shot to a small, recontoured green.  The left hand greenside bunkers were added in 1983.

In the 1986 Michigan Medal Play, member Bill Albright was greenside in two shots.  The next three shanks led to a seven. Lamb Albrights was the lunch entrée the next day. 



 


Hole 3

 Yardage
Gold
168
Black
139
Blue
125
White
109
 Par (Men/Women): 3/3 | Handicap (Men/Women): 17/17






HOLE 3
Par 3 • 153 Yards


This simple looking hole is probably truest to the original Ross specifications.  No major changes have been noted in the past 40 years. 

This picturesque, uphill hole is recreated on the Ross Memorial at Boyne Highlands. 


 



Hole 4

 Yardage
 Gold
435
Black
403
Blue
376
White
301
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 5/5


HOLE 4
Par 4 • 435 Yards


Trees dictate the tee shot.  For a clear approach to the two tiered green, you must keep to the left side.  The tee has been lengthened for the ladies' tee.

This hole perhaps suffered the most from devastation of Dutch Elm Disease.  The right side was absolute jail before the Club lost 1,200 of the stately trees. 


 




Hole 5

 Yardage
 Gold
514
Black
494
Blue
474
White
434
 Par (Men/Women): 5/5 | Handicap (Men/Women): 7/3




HOLE 5
Par 5 • 514 Yards


By looking at the diagram of the original specifications, you will see the par 4 designation.  This represents the biggest change to any of the holes.  Done in 1967, the North Course became a par 72.  The large tree short of the green dictates second shot strategy.

Converted from a long par 4 with a sharp dogleg to the green, this straightaway par 5 offers only the longest hitters a chance to reach the green in two. 


 




Hole 6

 Yardage
 Gold
371
Black
361
Blue
324
White
291
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 9/11




HOLE 6
Par 4 • 371 Yards


In 1968-1970, two major changes were made to this demanding dogleg.  The tree was lengthened 40 yards, and two bunkers in the middle of the fairway swale were removed. 

This green has been driven by only two members, including Bill Albright.  For the rest of us, the fairway undulations and contoured green make for tricky approach shots.


 




Hole 7

 Yardage
 Gold
207
Black
197
Blue
171
White
157
 Par (Men/Women): 3/3 | Handicap (Men/Women): 15/15






HOLE 7
Par 3 • 207 Yards


This original hole numbered nine.  Players teed off on the current number eight, then played number nine and number one through number seven.  The lower ladies' tee, shortening the hole by 30 yards, was not in the original plans.

The OB down the left side and close to the back of the green has played a pivotal role in many matches by tightening a player's swing. 

 




Hole 8

 Yardage
 Gold
397
Black
375
Blue
363
White
333
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 11/9




HOLE 8
Par 4 • 387 Yards


This hole provides a bit of a breather, with a generous fairway. The two fairway bunkers were added to tighten up the driving area a bit, but there is plenty of room to the right.

The mighty oak off the right side of the tee was bent as a sapling by Indians to mark their Detroit to Saginaw trail.  A bronze tablet was placed in 1938 at the base of this tree to memorialize this bit of history.


 




Hole 9

 Yardage
 Gold
454
Black
431
Blue
410
White
379
 Par (Men/Women): 4/5 | Handicap (Men/Women): 2/7




HOLE 9
Par 4 • 454 Yards


The original design had a string of bunkers across the fairway about 70 to 100 yards from the green.  These were removed in the 1940's.  Many a tee shot has ended up in the parking lot.

The driving range was OB during the 1992 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, forcing the use of fairway woods and long irons from the tee.  This long par 4 is the start of DGC's "Amen Corner," especially with a south wind. 


 




Hole 10

 Yardage
Gold
424
Black
397
Blue
385
White
347
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 10/10





HOLE 10
Par 4 • 408 Yards


A dogleg left with trees blocking the corner, this used to be a very generous driving hole.  In 1983, the three bunkers on the right side of the fairway were added, tightening up the hole.

Although we are used to seeing trucks going to and from the maintenance area cross in front of the tee, this was not always so.  For many years, these vehicles used the back lot, drove behind the tees all the way across the clubhouse, and then on the course. 


 




Hole 11

 Yardage
 Gold
233
Black
201
Blue
170
White
139
 Par (Men/Women): 3/3 | Handicap (Men/Women): 16/16






HOLE 11
Par 3 • 233 Yards


Some 24 yards were added to the back of this tee after the loss of a large tree on the right side.  This is now our longest par 3 at 233 yards.

Guarded by two bunkers, this green looks relatively simple from the tee.  Closer inspection reveals a front bowl, and several places to hide the pin position. 


 




Hole 12

 Yardage
 Gold
457
Black
423
Blue
405
White
374
 Par (Men/Women): 4/5 | Handicap (Men/Women): 2/6




HOLE 12
Par 4 • 457 Yards


In the original design, there was a fairway bunker 125-135 yards off the tee on the left side, reflecting the limited carry of the era's equipment.  The right side of the fairway bunker, requiring 240 yards to carry, was added in 1983.

During the last course revisions, consulting golf course architect Arthur Hill said this was his favorite hole on either course.  The original clubhouse was built behind and left of this green.


 




Hole 13

 Yardage
Golf
393
Black
375
Blue
356
White
332
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 12/12


HOLE 13
Par 4 • 393 Yards


This is perhaps the most reworked hole on the North.  In 1967- 1968 the inverted, saucer-shaped green was moved back 25 yards, elevated three feet, and recontoured. Greenside bunkers were added, changed, and moved in 1971 and 1987.

This dogleg par 4 requires a precise tee shot to avoid the thick trees on the right and fairway bunker on the left.  A wayward tee shot could result in a double bogey.


 




Hole 14

 Yardage
 Gold
500
Black
488
Blue
477
White
444
 Par (Men/Women): 5/5 | Handicap (Men/Women): 6/4




HOLE 14
Par 5 • 496 Yards


Although Lake Andrew, the pond guarding the multi-tiered green, seems to have been there forever, it was dug in 1970, and named in memory of Board Member Gordon Andrew.

A risk-reward hole for long hitters.  The green was the last to be reccontoured.  Clem Wolfrom and Bill Albright were unhappy with the architect's plan.  They shaped some loose dirt into a miniature green and instructed the bulldozer operator to "make it look like this."

 




Hole 15

 Yardage
 Gold
162
Black
148
Blue
135
White
109
 Par (Men/Women): 3/3 | Handicap (Men/Women): 18/18




HOLE 15
Par 3 • 162 Yards


This is another hole that has remained relatively unchanged over the years.  The tee was enlarged in width and depth in 1987.

Playing longer that it looks, many a ball has plugged under the front lip while trying to squeeze the tee shot into a front pin placement. 


 




Hole 16

 Yardage
Gold
401
Black
381
Blue
363
White
339
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 14/14






HOLE 16
Par 4 • 401 Yards


This used to be a straightaway hole.   In 1983, the tee was moved left, adjacent to Lake Andrew.  Two new bunkers on the outside of the created dogleg now make for a much more rigorous tee shot.

The back nine course record of 30 strokes included a bogey on this hole.  The green is now one of the larger and most subtle on the North. 


 




Hole 17

 Yardage
 Gold
573
Black
554
Blue
489
White
477
 Par (Men/Women): 5/5 | Handicap (Men/Women): 4/4






HOLE 17
Par 5 • 573 Yards


Standing on the tee, you are faced with a sea of sand.  This was not always so.  The Sahara Desert was imported in 1983. The left side bunker at the landing area, the right side bunker 160 yards from the green, and the huge bunker 100 yards from the green were all added that year.

Our longest par 5 is a grind, especially into a north wind. Bunker placement requires sound strategy on all three shots.



 




Hole 18

 Yardage
 Gold
420
Black
396
Blue
382
White
345
 Par (Men/Women): 4/4 | Handicap (Men/Women): 8/8




HOLE 18
Par 4 • 407 Yards


The tee shot was dramatically altered during the 1980's.  In 1983, the two bunkers on the right side of the fairways were added.  In 1987, the large tree at the inside of the dogleg was removed and the adjacent bunker enlarged so as to require a heroic carry.

A very tough finishing hole, this par 4 has a diagonal hazard that dictates strategy from tee to green.  The 1992 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship was decided by a four putt on this undulating green.


 




Scorecard
  • North Course Scorecard
    • Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
      Gold
      340
      554
      168
      435
      514
      371
      207
      397
      454
      3440
      Black
      326
      538
      139
      403
      494
      361
      197
      375
      431
      3264
      Blue 311 529 125
      376 474
      324
      171 363
      410 3083
      White 294 496
      109 301
      434
      291
      157 333
      379
      2794
      Men's Par 4
      5
      3
      4
      5
      4
      3
      4
      4
       
      Ladies' Par 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 5  
      Men's Hcap 13 1 17 5 7 9 15 11 2
       
      Ladie's Hcap 13 1 17 5 3 11 15 9 7  

      Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In TOTAL
      Gold 424 233
      457
      393
      500
      162
      401
      573
      420
       3563 7003
      Black 397
      201
      423
      375
      488
      148
      381
      554
      396
      3363
      6627
      Blue 385
      170
      405
      356
      477
      135
      363
      489
      382
      3162
      6245
      White 347
      139
      374
      332
      444
      109
      339
      477
      345
      2906
      5700
      Men's Par 4 3
      4
      4
      5
      3
      4
      5
      4
         
      Ladies' Par 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 5 4    
      Men's Hcap 10 16 2 12 6 18 14 4 8    
      Ladie's Hcap 10 16 6 12 4 18 14 4 8    

  • South Course Scorecard
    • Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
      Black 387 431 158 342 174 502 386 373 155 2908
      Blue 375 391 145 338 162 493 377 365 141 2787
      White 363 379 132 314 149 484 368 356 127 2672
      Men's Par 4
      4
      3
      4
      3
      5
      4
      4
      3
       
      Ladies' Par 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 3  
      Men's Hcap 5 1 17 11 13 3 7 9 15  
      Ladie's Hcap 7
      3
      17
      11
      13
      1
      5
      9
      15
       

      Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In TOTAL
      Black 428 367 181 424 186 396 430 140 507 3059 5967
      Blue 412 359 165 415 171 388 423 132 497 2962 5749
      White 395 346 150 406 156 380 416 125 486 2860 5532
      Men's Par 4
      4
      3
      4
      3
      4
      4
      3
      5
         
      Ladies' Par 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 5    
      Men's Hcap 6 12 18 2 14 10 4 16 8    
      Ladie's Hcap 4
      12
      16
      8
      14
      10 6
      18
      2