Oakland Hills Fire: Firefighters battle devastating blaze at Country Club | Golf News
A century-old Michigan-based country club ravaged by a massive fire; Oakland Hills opened in 1916 and has hosted six US Opens as well as the 2004 Ryder Cup; Bloomfield Township Fire Chief John LeRoy: “The building has sustained significant damage. It’s almost a total loss.”
Last update: 02/17/22 8:38 p.m.
One of America’s most famous golf clubs has been engulfed in a huge fire, with fears that a large collection of golf memorabilia could be lost. Oakland Hills Country Club was built in 1922 and has hosted several majors and a Ryder Cup
A devastating fire has engulfed Oakland Hills Country Club, inflicting “extensive damage” to the clubhouse at the course famous for hosting the 2004 Ryder Cup.
Jaw-dropping video and eyewitness images showed the wooden structure – based 15 miles outside of Detroit, Michigan – ablaze and engulfed in plumes of black smoke as firefighters worked to douse the flames Thursday.
Local reports say the fire started around 10 a.m. – and all firefighters in the area were called in to tackle the blaze. The cause of the fire at the sprawling, multi-story lodge in Bloomfield Township is not yet known. No injuries were reported.
The clubhouse, built in 1922, was where Padraig Harrington won the PGA Championship in 2008 – and where Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2004 – and housed irreplaceable memorabilia and artwork from the PGA tournament. golf, all believed to have been lost or damaged by fire.
“At this point, the core of this building right in front of us is almost a total loss,” said local fire chief John LeRoy. “What you see here is that the whole center of the building has suffered extensive damage.
“Right now the two end wings of the building, we’re trying to keep it from expanding into those ends of the building. The clubhouse, the restaurant, all the offices, the kitchen. All of those facilities are directly in the center of the building.”
The roof of the Oakland Hills clubhouse reportedly collapsed shortly after Fire Chief LeRoy’s statement.
1/2 Thank you to the Bloomfield Township Fire Department and all agencies assisting with the current situation at Oakland Hills Country Club. Thank you to the public for being understanding of all the traffic issues necessary to get the trucks and equipment to the scene.
— Bloomfield Township Police (@TwpPolice) February 17, 2022
“A century of lost memories”
Oakland Hills opened in 1916 and has hosted more than a dozen major golf championships, including the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship.
Brad Galli, athletic director of the Detroit-based TV station W X Y Zsaid a century of golf memories had been lost in the flames, along with any aspirations to host major tournaments in the immediate future.
Journalist Brad Galli was at the Oakland Hill Country Club when the fire broke out and reminisces about the loss of a century of memories.
“Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, you name any golfer who’s been relevant over the last century, they’ve played in Oakland Hills and more than likely had success there,” Galli said. Sky Sports News.
“This course which has hosted many of the biggest names in golf is suffering; the roof has almost completely collapsed, there are still fires in the clubhouse and the fire hydrants are struggling to evacuate a part of the fire contained.
“The course just underwent a $12 million renovation in an effort to land a US Open, but that has put a big damper on those plans.
“The good news is that everyone there is safe, the big disappointment is that a century of memories have been lost. Miniature Ryder Cup trophies, autographed photos, clubs that were used by some of the greatest in the game, these are just some of the things that have been lost.”