Country Club of Detroit

In Good Company


In the lives of most members, the club holds a special place. The majestic building and its expansive grounds are only the housing for something more important: the fellowship of friends who congregate here. Members congratulate friends’ successes, share in their sorrows, mark the passage of their milestones and watch as their children and grandchildren grow to adulthood.

Tour the Property

Dining & Events


From upscale cuisine to more casual fare, our Certified Master Chef, Brian Beland, prides himself on using only the freshest ingredients and finest preparation techniques. The Club is the perfect venue for holiday events, themed member parties and backyard BBQ’s. Imagine the grandeur of the Great Hall as our talented Catering team creates endless possibilities for your special event. Whether you are hosting friends, family or associates, there is no better way to commemorate the occasion than at our Club, your home away from home.


Sports


Families bask in the fun of our new Summer Village featuring 8 Har-Tru tennis courts, heated paddle tennis courts, sport court and lap pool – home to our award-winning swim team. Our new state-of-the-art 6-lane bowling center offers both league play and open bowling. A variety of Junior sport programs are also available.


Amenities


Offerings abound as our members enjoy the new 4,000 square foot fitness center, children’s day camp, beautifully appointed guest rooms and locker rooms, a sommelier to please the most distinctive palate, a notary and an assortment of card playing options. Even our dogs are members as they frolic in their very own dog park.


Club History


Founded in 1897, Country Club of Detroit is dedicated to providing its members an outstanding membership experience featuring superior service and premier facilities, enriched by distinctive social events and family activities.


1897


On October 18, 1897, the County Club of Detroit was incorporated. The Club leased property located at Fisher Road and Jefferson and additional land across Jefferson for golf course use.


1905


In 1905, members voted to buy the lakefront grounds and build a new clubhouse.  The new Albert Kahn four story clubhouse opened on May 30, 1907.


1912


The Club was growing quickly- one year after the new clubhouse opened the membership grew to 536. Grosse Pointe was expanding too. As demand for land rose, it became clear that the Club must own its golf course or run the risk of losing it. In 1912, the Club purchased the Weir Farm. British golf architect Harry Colt was hired to design a golf course on the former Weir Farm, which the Club called the upper property.


1915


In 1915 the club hosted the 1915 National Amateur. The winner that year was a new champion from Chicago, Robert A. Gardner.


1923


In 1921 the members voted to build a new clubhouse on the upper property and sell the lakefront property. The beautiful lakefront clubhouse closed at midnight on June 10, 1923. On July 4, 1923 the new Albert Kahn clubhouse opened its doors to the membership.


1925


Members had just two years to use their magnificent clubhouse. At 3:45 am on Sunday, October 18, 1925, fire broke out above the second floor and spread through all of the building except the kitchen wing.


1927


During the rebuilding of the Clubhouse the members purchased the Hall estate. The firm of Colt & Alison redesigned the course, while summer play continued on the current course. The golf course welcomed its first round on September 3, 1927.


1954


In 1952, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was hired to redesign the course to bring it up to championship standards. As a tribute to his work, the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship was held at the Club and won by a young Arnold Palmer, launching his illustrious career.


1964


In 1964, the Board approved construction of our short course, to be designed by Mr. Robert Trent Jones, Sr., which opened in 1966.


1996


In 1996 Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was commissioned to redesign and reconstruct the greens, bunkers, tees and practice areas. New irrigation and drainage was installed in the same time span.


2004


This course challenged members and guests alike and is a sought-after venue for many outings, including the 2004 Turning Point Invitational, which brought 30 past U.S. Amateur Champions together to compete on our course, including Arnold Palmer (pictured).


2011


On June 24, 2011 we celebrated the re-opening of our Championship Golf Course. The course has returned to the Colt and Alison design with an updated interpretation by one of today’s leading golf architects, Tom Doak, and his firm, Renaissance Golf Design. It will provide a venue that will challenge and satisfy golfers of all skill levels for years to come.


2013


Country Club of Detroit approved the Long Range Plan that included the addition of the Summer Village, Fitness Center and Bowling Center, which were built over the following three years.