The Oakland Hills Country Club has two 18-hole Championship Golf Courses, both designed by Donald Ross. TDI Golf completely restored the South Course through the design and shaping of the team from Gil Hanse Golf Design.
The South Course had lost some of its original character through style changes implemented by Robert Trent Jones in the 50s. Most of the greens were original, however the bunkering changed dramatically, taking away from the Ross character of the course.
The greens had to be expanded to regain lost pin locations and greens square footage around the perimeters. The greens were rebuilt to USGA specification, while also utilizing the Precisionaire methodology for the drainage and ventilation system. To ensure the greens contours were retained, the greens were scanned and restored using Greenscan 3D to record the exact current contours.
The bunkers were reshaped in the character of Donald Ross and lined using the Better Billy Bunker method. Next, the perimeters of the bunkers received a riveted sod installation, to allow for the exposed sod edge and “age” the look of the bunkers.
The tees were reworked with some being rebuilt or relocated, while others squared up within their current location.
Many of the fairways received XGD Classic fairway drainage, as well as some larger pipes and basins to carry off stormwater.