ROCHESTER – Great Oaks Country Club, a family-centric member-owned private club with a tournament-tested golf course, will host the 2022 Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship, June 13 – 17.
Named for the towering oaks that line Great Oaks Boulevard leading to the club, Great Oaks is hosting the Michigan Women’s Amateur for the second time in the tournament’s 105-year history. The club previously hosted in 2009.
“It’s a perfect course for this championship because it’s designed with the right yardages for players of all levels so we have a good selection of tees to use,” Ken Hartmann, senior director of competitions for the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), said.
“We had a great tournament there in ’09. The club did a fabulous job for us. It will be nice to go back there.”
The William Newcomb original design was founded in 1971, and $3.5 million in master plan renovation work has been performed by McCumber & Associates since 2006.
The course is a parkland style design that rolls over natural hills and a meandering stream runs through the property and has been utilized in the strategic design. Four sets of tee areas help make the course playable for players of all ages and abilities.
“The bunkers are well-placed and the hills and elevation changes make it important to hit the ball to the right spots,” Hartmann said. “The winner will have to play a complete game.”
Mark Maras, the head PGA professional at Great Oaks, said the club is honored to be hosting the 106th Michigan Women’s Amateur.
“Great Oaks will provide a superb test for some of the best women golfers in the state,” he said. “The 5-day event will be filled with competitive golf, exceptional food displays and memories to last a lifetime.”
In 2009, Britney Hamilton of Lake Orion, then a Western Michigan University golfer, made a dramatic 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to beat Natalie Brehm of Mount Pleasant and Michigan State University 1-up in the championship match.