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Franklin Hills Country Club

Franklin, Michigan

Since 1927

Franklin Hills is a private country club dedicated to providing its members, families and guests with extraordinary facilities for golf, socializing, tennis, swimming and entertaining. With a nationally ranked golf course and exceptional service, Franklin Hills maintains a warm and relaxed environment while upholding the tradition and history of its legacy.

The Architect of Detroit

Albert Kahn was the foremost American industrial architect of his day. He is sometimes called the architect of Detroit. In the late 1920s, celebrated architect Albert Kahn was retained to design the warm and inviting English Tudor-style clubhouse. Although it is modeled after the Country Club of Detroit, the clubhouse, which opened in 1928, exhibits a fairy tale charm and an inspiring uniqueness. Kahn filled its warm red brick walls and turrets with fieldstones taken from the property. The slate roof comprises a rich mixture of greens, grays and purples. Even after several additions and renovations, the clubhouse retains its timeless, classic look.

Golf

The 18-hole course at Franklin Hills Country Club features 6,923 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.0 and it has a slope rating of 128. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Franklin Hills golf course opened in 1927.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

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    Scorecard

  • Donald Ross

    Donald Ross

    The Franklin Hills golf course, designed in 1927 by the legendary architect Donald Ross, is hailed as one of the few remaining true Donald Ross courses; it is a hidden gem.

    The trademarks of a Ross design are evident at Franklin Hills. His effortless designs use the existing natural landscape to challenge golfers of all skill levels. His greens invite run – up shots but will give the overly bold golfer fits with trouble over the greens. Accurate iron play, precise handling of the short game and consistent putting are part of the Ross test.

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    Donald Ross

    The Franklin Hills golf course, designed in 1927 by the legendary architect Donald Ross, is hailed as one of the few remaining true Donald Ross courses; it is a hidden gem.

    The trademarks of a Ross design are evident at Franklin Hills. His effortless designs use the existing natural landscape to challenge golfers of all skill levels. His greens invite run – up shots but will give the overly bold golfer fits with trouble over the greens. Accurate iron play, precise handling of the short game and consistent putting are part of the Ross test.

    In 2003, the golf course was renovated by Ron Pritchard, who is recognized for his classical course designs and his specialty, restoring renowned Donald Ross golf courses.

    The work involved bunker restoration, rebuilding of the tee complexes, tree elimination and extensive green work to recapture the size and shape of the original Ross prints. Pritchard also added transition areas around the green extended the yardage of the course close to 200 yards.

    Today the course annually receives recognition in many of the golf publications as one of Ross’ best works not only in Michigan but also the United States.

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