Fire devastates historic clubhouse at Oakland Hills Country Club


BLOOMFIELD TWP. Several famous golfers' memorabilia and championships were destroyed in the Oakland Hills Country Club fire on Thursday.

The multi-story clubhouse caught fire. It was built in 1922 and housed irreplaceable memorabilia and art from Oakland Hills' nine major championships and Ryder Cup.

There were no injuries. The fire's origin was unknown. This is one of Michigan's largest wood structures, according to fire officials.

Rick Palmer, Oakland Hills' president, called the news "devastating." We have lost our place in Michigan, the US, and the world of golf.

"Oakland Hills is grateful to the firefighters who worked tirelessly to save some of our priceless memorabilia. Our membership and staff are the club's heart and soul, so it hurts to see this.

So far, we have been able to honour all those who helped make this grand building a reality through their golf and work."

Two other courses have hosted more US Opens than Oakland Hills. "I'm glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees," Ben Hogan said after winning in 1951.

My first thought is the history of the club," said ESPN golf analyst Andy North, who won the 1985 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills.