Warwick Hills G & CC, home of the Buick Open, is one of the USA’s Top 100 clubs.
The Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, home of the Buick Open and one of the USA’s Top 100 clubs, had it’s earliest beginnings in 1955.
This when some members of the Flint Golf Club, notably Chuck Kelly, Homer Strahle, Bill Gregor, Ed Titus and Vic Ryden decided there was a big need for another private golf club in the Flint area, the demand for memberships having exceeded the facilities available.
Sixty five stock holders, each with an investment of $2,500, formed the Warwick Realty and set the ball rolling by purchasing the Lenz Farm in the Grand Blanc area of Michigan.
Assisted by the sale of more memberships, a golf course architect, James Gilmore Harrison, was called in and within 60 days his plans for a championship course at what is now the Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club were accepted.
Nine months later, in June 1957, the first fourball teed off.
In the late 1950s the club’s leaders decided it needed a Professional tournament to boost membership and gain Warwick Hills greater awareness among the golf playing public.
The US PGA just happened at the time to be seeking new tournaments and tournament sites and in 1958 Warwick Hills staged its first PGA Tour event with a purse of $52,000.00, at that time, the largest of any tournament in the country.
Income was generated from sales of ads in a program and and from $1.00 per person admission tickets.
Parking was free, Billy Casper was the first winner and overall the tournament was seen as being a “great success” – despite the Detroit Free Press saying that it was played in a “swamp near Flint”.
Bruce Pollock, a veteran member, recently recalled how his apology to “one of the pros for the condition of the course” was met by the retort : “for that kind of money, we’ de be happy to play right down Saginaw Street”.
Buick became the event’s sponsor in 1959.
There was no Buick Open at Warwick Hills in 1967 and 1968 for it was during this period that the course was completely rebuilt using a second architect, Joe Lee
A large number of the holes were changed and virtually all the tees, which were all originally flat on the ground, were rebuilt.
Today it is renowned for its large, outstanding greens and in direct contrast to US Open horrors like Oakmont and Winged Foot, this relatively short, parkland course of just 7,127 yards promotes birdies and good cheer.
“Our golf course is a great confidence-builder,” Mike Mattucci, the tournament director, said recently.
Last year it was rated the ninth easiest course on the PGA Tour.
Original Architect: James Gilmore Harrison, 1957
Remodel Architect: Joe Lee, 1968
Men’s Course Rating/Slope:
Black Tees – 7,127 yards; 74.1/132
Blue Tees – 6,833 yards; 72.7/129
White Tees – 6,495 yards; 71.2/126
Green Tees – 6,183 yards; 69.9/124
Women’s Course Rating/Slope:
Red Tees – 5,488; 72.1/128
Gold Tees – 5,142; 69.9/122
Greens, Tees and Fairways – Bent grass and Poa Annua
Rough – Kentucky Blue Grass
NOTE: This course is annually rated in the top tier on the PGA Tour for golf course condition, highlighted by it’s superior putting surfaces.
COURSE LAYOUT: For a tour of the course, click here.
Amenities at Warwick Hills include:
– a World class driving range with separate areas for full swing, short game, bunker play and putting. The two-tiered putting green is maintained with the same consistent speeds of the actual golf course greens. Golf members and registered guests have unlimited use of all these faculties.
– Golf Club Storage: This convenient service includes the storage in the bag room and the cleaning of clubs after each round of golf or practice session.
– The Locker Room Service provides a full size locker, shoe cleaning, shower and towels, assorted toiletries and a locker room attendant.
– Golf Pro Shop: The Warwick Hills Golf Shop is owned and operated by head golf professional Doug Brody. It offers the best names in golf equipment and apparel throughout the year.
All members and their guests get a 20% member discount off the retail price on all equipment and apparel and the shop will also match the lowest price in town on all golf equipment.
– Tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool are also available to members in the nine warmest months of the year. Coaching programs in golf, tennis and swimming are available as Warwick Hills strives to offer something for all ages.
– Wining and dining: Steered by an executive chef, first class menus are available at both the Member’s Grille Room and the President’s Bar
A wide range of memberships are available. They include:
Class A – Stockholding Member
Class D – Non-Stockholding Member (Payment Plan Available)
Class J – Junior Member (Payment Plan Available)
Class I – Corporate or Sponsored Members
Class B – Non-Equity Member
Privileges for the above class of members include access to the club’s world renowned championship course with no tee times, numerous competitions and other activities, high quality practice, storage and locker room facilities and everyday first class dining and banqueting in the huge, converted Tudor-type Mansion and stables that at one time was the home of Arnold Lenz, a vice president of GM and general manager of the Pontiac Motor Division.
There are also two other classes of memberships.
Recreational members have access to the dining and banquet facilities. They can also use the synthetic clay tennis courts, and six-lane pool with diving area and cabana.
Social members have access to dining and banquet facilities for everyday use or for special events.
NOTE: During the Buick Open, all members will receive two clubhouse badges and be able to purchase tickets at a discounted price.
Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
G-9057 South Saginaw
Grand Blanc, Michigan, 48439
Phone: (810) 694-4103
Fax: (810) 694-1754
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