Inside the Course: Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club

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The par-3 17th at Warwick Hills will be the site for this week's LIVE@ on PGATOUR.com.
June 24, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Original architect James Gilmore Harrison (1957)
Course remodel Joe Lee (1967)
Number of TOUR events as host venue 43 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 45th (out of 55 courses) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2007
Yardage history 7,014 yards (1958-1995)
7,105 yards (1996-2001)
7,127 yards (2002-present)
Grass Bentgrass; Poa annua (tees, fairways, greens)
Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass; fine fescue (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11-12 feet
Sand bunkers 86
Water hazards 3
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Billy Mayfair
Tiger Woods
 
Year
2001
2005
 
Round
4th
2nd
 
Finish
Tied for 14th
Tied for 2nd
 
Holes-in-one
There have been 19 aces recorded during Buick Open competition at Warwick Hills
Player Hole Year Player Hole Year
Butch Baird 3 1962 Jerry Barber 17 1962
George Bayer 8 1963 Archie Dadian 3 1965
Al Besselink 3 1966 Roger VanDyke 17 1968
Dow Finsterwald 11 1968 Ron Streck 17 1985
Jim Colbert 3 1986 Charlie Bolling 17 1987
John Inman 11 1993 Justin Leonard 11 1996
Jeff Hart 8 1996 Chris DiMarco 17 1998
Ronnie Black 3 2000 Briny Baird 3 2004
Robert Allenby 11 2005 John Cook 17 2006
Bubba Dickerson 8 2007      
Course chatter
"This golf course is a lot like the course I grew up on -- old, traditional, not overly long, you can work the ball both ways, big trees, fast greens. Maybe that's a part of the reason why I had some success here last year; in a small way, I felt like I was back home again." -- 2007 Buick Open champion Brian Bateman of Monroe, La.
Hole rankings
Most Difficult Hole in 2007
The par-4, 457-yard 15th
The 15th is traditionally the most difficult hole at Warwick Hills, especially with the wind in the player's face. Out of bounds and trees on the left force the tee shot to the right side of the fairway, leaving a long to middle iron into the well-bunkered green. Missing the green in any direction leaves one in a very difficult position to make par. This is especially true for any shot that goes over the green and down the severe slope.
2007: 0 eagles, 53 birdies, 262 pars, 133 bogeys, 13 double bogeys, 3 others.
Easiest Hole in 2007
The par-4, 322-yard 14th
The 14th is an important place to squeeze out one more birdie before bearing down for the stretch run. The player must decide between trying to drive the green or laying up in prime position for a short second shot to the large forgiving green. In 1990, Chip Beck made the last of his three consecutive birdies here to come from eight strokes behind after three rounds to win.
2007: 4 eagles, 195 birdies, 226 pars, 35 bogeys, 4 double bogeys, 0 others.
Warwick Hills2007 rankingsLast 25 years (1983-2007)
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rk. Avg. Score Rk.
1 5 567 4.830 14 4.86 13
2 4 431 4.032 7 4.10 3
3 3 187 3.019 9 3.03 6
4 4 401 3.894 12 4.00 10
5 4 437 3.987 11 4.06 4
6 4 421 4.026 8 3.98 11
7 5 584 4.843 13 4.79 14
8 3 199 3.056 4 3.02 9
9 4 434 4.045 6 4.06 5
10 4 401 4.011 10 3.96 12
11 3 190 3.047 5 3.02 8
12 4 340 3.707 16 3.77 15
13 5 544 4.690 17 4.68 18
14 4 322 3.655 18 3.76 16
15 4 457 4.248 1 4.20 1
16 5 580 4.789 15 4.76 17
17 3 197 3.103 2 3.02 7
18 4 435 4.086 3 4.12 2
NOTES: Of the 55 courses played on TOUR in 2007, Warwick Hills was the 10th easiest.
• The closing stretch, though, is the toughest part of the course, with three of the most difficult holes (from 2007) among the final four holes.
• The par-4 15th produced the most bogeys (133), the second-most double bogeys (13) and the most "others" (3) of any hole at Warwick Hills last year. It was also the 114th hardest hole (out of 990) on the PGA TOUR last year.
• The par-3 17th was tied for the 98th hardest par 3 on TOUR last year.
• The stroke average of holes 15, 18 and 2 have never been under par in any single Buick Open in the last 25 years. On the flip side, holes 7, 12, 14, 16 and 13 have never averaged above par in any single tournament.
Course origins
In 1956, 320 acres of farmland was purchased south of downtown Grand Blanc, Mich., with the idea of creating a community of suburban homes. A realty company was formed and the acreage was divided into lots.

Waldo E. McNaught, Buick public relations director at the time, brought the idea of a golf course to the prospective members who purchased the lots. More than 70 people replied, enclosing checks for the initiation fee

McNaught was elected president of the club, and organizational meetings were held to begin the planning of the L-shaped 16-acre course.

In June 1957, the course was ready for play, with the first foursome teeing off on what is now the 10th hole. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Warwick Hills Grand Blanc, Mich. 1958-1969
Flint Elks Flint, Mich 1972
Benton Harbor Elks Benton Harbor, Mich. 1973
Flint Elks Flint, Mich. 1974-1977
Warwick Hills Grand Blanc, Mich. 1978-present
Note: There was no tournament played from 1970-71.

Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., is the site of this week's Buick Open. Here's all you need to know about the course. (Be sure to check out PGATOUR.com's LIVE@ the 17th hole once the tournament starts.)

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