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15th Hole at Detroit Golf Club, a Donald Ross design

Detroit Golf Club – GolfPass Grass Guru

Rocket Mortgage Classic • Hole 15 • Par 3 • 154 yds

Detroit Golf Club is the first of a stretch of courses that yield high scores, aren’t all that memorable architecturally, and have very sparse fields. We are in unknown waters at Detroit Golf Club who is hosting the very first Rocket Mortgage Classic. This midwest D. Ross 36er is hosting its first tournament. On paper, it’s a picture perfect parkland course. We’ll see how that translates on to the big screen and, quite certainly, into low scores.

Being an older course, the charm at Detroit Golf Club lies in the smaller bunkers and large tree lined fairways. I love narrow fairways with bunkers dotted along each hole, and we’ll get a bit of that at Detroit GC. The bunkers here won’t make the cover of any golf magazines. They won’t be on postcards, and you won’t be thinking about them when we move on to next week’s tournament. However, they still itch that scratch.

This week, the short par 3 15th green front bunker won out. Though, there were numerous little fairway bunkers that I could have easily gone with. The 15th bunker is grass-faced, barely visible, and protects the entire green from short shots. The hole itself is completely vanilla. A Donald Ross special. But sometimes I like watching pros play holes that may very well be at my local muni. Personally, I don’t need every hole to be dramatic, or every bunker to an acre. Now they do make the game exciting, but there’s nothing wrong with a snack pack for dessert here and there. Sometimes it’s fun to just watch the pros hit great shots and pick apart the course. *NOTE* that is definitely the theme of the next few tournaments before the Open.

It’s not often that we get a new, untested golf course thrown our way. Especially Detroit Golf Club, which has been established for well over a hundred years. This weekend should be a fun little tourney even though the field is EHH. Side note, the routing of this tournament is not the normal, and even uses one hole from the South course, so 15 isn’t the normal number.

Cover Photo: Janel Moon Yardis / Detroit Golf Club

Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass (hello Huggy Bear). Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a crisp morning, would be teeing it off. Shoot Eric a message at or check out his other blogs here.