A fire on the morning of Feb. 17 destroyed the building, which was filled with irreplaceable golf tournament memorabilia. According to sources, $55 million of the total will come from the club’s insurance policy. The other $28 million will be raised by increasing membership dues.
Leadership at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. has put forth an $83 million proposal to rebuild the historic clubhouse that was devastated by fire last winter, WWJ Newsradio reported.
On the morning of Feb. 17, fire crews from several cities responded to smoke and flames at the club, which opened in 1916 and has hosted six U.S. Opens, a Ryder Cup and many other major tournaments, WWJ Newsradio reported. First responders worked for more than 24 hours to fully extinguish the blaze, which had gotten a sizable head start.
“We will rebuild. It’s going to be a process,” said club President Rick Palmer at the time. “But we will move forward with a purpose, to honor those who made this grand building come to life with their golf and their work, [and] I think we’ll come back well. I know we will.”
Nobody was injured, but the fire destroyed the entire clubhouse, which was filled with irreplaceable golf tournament memorabilia and art, WWJ Newsradio reported. Now club members will have to vote on the rebuilding project … and its price tag.
According to WWJ, $55 million of the $83 million total will come from the club’s insurance policy.
The other $28 million will be raised by increasing membership dues, WWJ Newsradio reported. Under the current plan, members will pay an extra $165 each month.
If approved, the clubhouse is expected to re-open in 2025, WWJ Newsradio reported. WWJ also reported that the vote is set for next week, and the proposal is expected to pass.