The club will host an event sponsored by Quicken Loans in June 2019, with the parties signing a four-year deal to bring professional golf to the Motor City as the PGA released its 2018-2019 schedule.
The Detroit Golf Club will be the host for the first PGA Tour tournament to be played inside the Motor City.
The PGA Tour’s release of its 2018-2019 schedule on July 10 included the announcement that the 119-year-old club with two Donald Ross-designed courses will host the Rocket Mortgage Classic, sponsored by Quicken Loans, according to the Detroit News.
According to the newspaper, CBS and Golf Channel will operate as the tournament’s television partners.
The newspaper also reported that the PGA Tour and Quicken Loans inked a four-year pact for the tournament in Detroit.
The Detroit Golf Club is a private 36-hole golf club located in the middle of a neighborhood on north side of the city near the University of Detroit Mercy and Palmer Woods Historic District.
The facility opened in 1899 and In 1913, additional property was bought and Ross was asked to survey the property. He determined that two courses of 18 holes could be built on the land.
By 1916, the two Ross courses were completed, and 1918 saw the completion of the club’s permanent Albert Kahn-designed clubhouse.
The club’s North Course is expected to be used for the tournament, with the possible exception of No. 1 being used from the South Course, the News reported. This could be done to add some length to a course that is modest in distance—at just more than 7,000 yards—by current PGA Tour standards.
Most of the other changes to the PGA’s 2018-19 schedule had already been announced. The final piece was where to put two new tournaments between the U.S. Open and British Open.
The stop in Detroit will be followed by the 3M Open in Minnesota and the John Deere Classic.
The tour will feature 46 events over 41 weeks in 2018, down from 48 tournaments this year.
The addition of new tournaments in Detroit and Minnesota is offset by eliminating the FedEx Cup playoff event in Boston, the Quicken Loans National that had been run by the Tiger Woods Foundation in the Washington, D.C. area, and a year off for the Houston Open and the tournament held at The Greenbrier resort.
Houston and The Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019. The TPC Boston tournament, meanwhile, will rotate with a New York-area course every other year for the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.
The wraparound 2018-19 season will start October 4-7 with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., one week after the Ryder Cup in France. The Mexico Championship will move to the end of the West Coast swing, giving Florida four straight tournaments in March.
The 2019 PGA Championship will be May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island, splitting part of the Texas swing — the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas will be the week before the PGA, and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club will be the week after the PGA.
The RBC Canadian Open moves a week before the U.S. Open, which will be held in 2019 at Pebble Beach.
The British Open is set for Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Following The Open, the PGA heads to Tennessee for the FedEx Cup Invitational, a World Golf Championship in Memphis that replaces the event held at Firestone Country Club in Ohio.
The 46 events include four tournaments held opposite World Golf Championships, and one event opposite the British Open. That leaves 11 weeks when the PGA Tour does not have an official event.