Through the Years
Founded in 1899 by William R. Farrand and several close friends, Detroit Golf Club remains an exclusive private golf club to this day. The original leaders first limited membership to 100 golfers and the Clubhouse was closed on Sundays. Through the years, we’ve grown well beyond our initial roster, but our dedication to providing an upscale, golf-centered private experience has never wavered.
Early in our existence, a six hole course turned into nine holes and later eighteen holes. Further, not one but two unique Clubhouses were built with our first opening in 1906. Through the first 25 years of prominence, Detroit Golf Club quickly transformed into what we know it to be today. By 1916, our two Donald Ross-designed courses were completed and 1918 saw the completion of our permanent Albert Kahn designed Clubhouse. We have improved upon these stately fixtures over the last 100 years, but the traditional feel and sense of comfort remains.
As the times changed we added several features to enhance the member experience; notably our aquatics center, athletic facilities, children’s amenities, casual dining options and many others. There continues to be improvements made to the course as well, but as with everything, there is a strong desire to preserve the unique history of the Club and our courses.