The 119-year-old Detroit Golf Club will soon host the first PGA Tour event in the city limits and the first event in the state of Michigan since the Buick Open’s final putt in 2009. The Rocket Mortgage Classic will grace the city next year from June 24-30 in a move that some thought would be unlikely due to the lack of training facilities at the DGC. The last major tournament the club hosted was the U.S. Mid-Amateur tournament in 1992 but has two courses designed by Donald Ross, a distinction fewer than 20 clubs in North America enjoy.
The Albert Kahn-designed clubhouse features three dining venues, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and an expansive fitness center for members of the club who shell out a $28,000 initiation fee plus $8,045 in annual dues. Houses owned by such notable figures as Jerome Bettis, Aretha Franklin, and John Conyers line the perimeter of the golf club while sports stars like Justin Verlander, Bettis, Jim Leyland, and Jim Schwartz have all played as club members.
The PGA Tour has yet to announce a player list for the Rocket Mortgage Classic but the Detroit Free Press fully expects Quicken Loans-sponsored golfer Rickie Fowler to be on that list.
Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner outlined his his vision for the event, which he sees attracting “hundreds of thousands of visitors” to the city. “The idea here is to use the PGA platform to have people from inside the state, from outside the state come to the city of Detroit, see what we’re all about, have an incredible experience, and everybody wants to help pull that off.”
The full PGA Tour schedule for the 2018-2019 season can be found here.
By Jared Hoffman
Senior Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group