Bloomfield Hills Country Club
Guest Information


Bloomfield Hills Country Club welcomes you! 
We know that your round will be most enjoyable if you adhere to the following Bloomfield Hills Country Club traditions, customs and rules.

CLUB RULES & TRADITIONS

CELL PHONES and Mobile Devices
We recognize the common use of cellular phones and other forms of electronic devices in today’s society and we appreciate the value of cell phones in emergency situations. However, to maintain the family character and atmosphere of the Club, and as a courtesy to others:
 
•Cellular phones and other forms of electronic devices should be in vibrate and/or silent mode at all times.
•The use of a cellular phone and/or other electronic device for phone conversations is prohibited in the Clubhouse or on Club property (please contact a staff member for exceptions).
•Members are strongly encouraged to not use smartphones in dining areas for any purpose.

SMOKING POLICY
Smoking is not permitted in the locker rooms or in the Clubhouse.  Please call the Concierge for the location of the outdoor smoking areas

PACE OF PLAY - PLEASE PLAY WITHOUT DELAY
  • It is the duty of every golfer to keep up with the game in front and not just ahead of the game behind.
  • Four Ball matches playing 18 holes should take 3 ½ hours or less, and never more than 4 hours.
  • Golfers who play slowly should stand aside and signal faster players to play through.

ATTIRE ON THE GOLF COURSE

The dress code for golf is the most frequently misunderstood and misused.  Proper golf attire includes:

FOR MEN:           
Slacks, knickers, “Bermuda Style” shorts (no more than four inches above the knee) are acceptable, golf shirts with collars must be worn at all times and tucked in. Hats should not be worn in the locker room or Clubhouse.

FOR WOMEN:     
Acceptable attire includes skirts, slacks, capris, Bermuda-style shorts and culottes – the length of which should be no shorter than halfway between mid-thigh and the knee,  appropriate golf hats and collared golf shirts.  In addition, because of fashion changes, appropriately designed collarless golf shirts with sleeves and similar sleeveless shirts with collars and shirts designed to be worn outside the waistband have been deemed acceptable for ladies.

Swimming, jogging, tennis shorts or shirts, warm-ups, yoga tights, running shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, ripped or frayed slacks or skirts, and blue jeans are not appropriate attire for either men or women.  Denim of any kind or color is prohibited.  Shoes must be worn at all times and golf shoes must have non-metallic spikes.  Other attire at the sole discretion of the Golf Professional or General Manager may be judged.

STAFF

Staff should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.  Staff do not make the rules, but are required by the Board of Governors to see that these rules are respected by members and guests alike.

CADDIES

Members and guests are requested to use caddies whenever available.
•Caddies should be treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to our members, guests and Club employees.
•Members and Guests should take the caddie evaluations seriously and provide constructive feedback to the caddies and to the caddie master.
•Caddies should be tipped in accordance with job performance.  The Club professional (Caddie Master) can provide input as necessary.

CARE OF THE COURSE

Every Club member and his or her guests have the responsibility to care for our course.  Please:
•Repair ball marks on the greens
•Replace or sand divots
•Deposit broken tees in trash cans
•Rake bunkers
•Do not drive golf carts within 50 feet of any green or 25 feet of any tee

CLUB HISTORY

The Bloomfield Hills Country Club was founded in 1909 by a small group of prominent Detroit businessmen, among them: M. H. Chamberlain, ex-Mayor of Detroit; George G. Booth, founder of The Detroit News; Henry Ford founder of The Ford Motor Company, and the Club’s first President Colonel Edwin S. George.

The founding members purpose for creating “Bloomfield” was to “promote social intercourse, golf and automobiling”.   The Board of Governors immediately hired designer Tom Bendelow to create the golf course.  However, being built on a rather small and cramped piece of property, the design didn’t achieve the high standard the Board had contemplated.  

So in the Spring of 1913, at the Board’s direction, the club’s first professional, Wilbur Oakes, convinced Henry Shapland “Harry” Colt, the famous English golf architect, who was designing a golf course in Highland Park, Illinois (Old Elm Club), to stop in Bloomfield Hills on his way to other venues in Toronto and New Jersey. Being intrigued by the rolling terrain in the Detroit suburbs, Harry Colt advised the Bloomfield Board that if they could purchase fifty more contiguous acres of land, he could most definitely design a superb new golf course for them.

Colt’s routing of the course was completed in short measure, but, as was his custom, he left the physical building of the course to others, and he continued on his travels to the Toronto Golf Club, and then on to assist George Crump in laying out Pine Valley Golf Club. It so happened that 1913 would be Colt’s last trip to North America, as the escalation of World War I, hindered further leisure investment.

Afterword his partnership with Alison, MacKenzie and Morrison created many golf course designs in the United States, and all over the world, but only a very few North American courses can proclaim themselves a pure and singular Harry S. Colt design.

By June 1915 the new Bloomfield Hills Country Club golf course was ready for membership play, as the Detroit Free Press reported, “The new golf course, laid out by Harry Colt, English expert, is completed and will rank with the finest in the middle west.”

We are proud of our rare and special design heritage, and welcome you to enjoy our course, which was created by arguably the world’s greatest golf course architect.