Oakland Hills Country Club

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Touring the Major Championship South Course at Oakland Hills

Hole No. 1 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Mists shroud the No. 1 green on an early morning at Oakland Hills Country Club. Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images

Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of the grande dames of the American golf landscape. Founded in 1916, the club's first head professional was the legendary Walter Hagen.

The club has two courses, the North Course and the South Course. The South Course is the one pictured in this gallery, and is the one that has been the site of U.S. Opens, PGA Championships, Ryder Cups, U.S. Senior Opens, and men's and women's U.S. Amateurs.

The South Course opened for play in 1918 and was designed by Donald Ross. Its nickname is "The Monster," because that's what Ben Hogan called it after winning the 1951 U.S. Open on it.

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Hole No. 1

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 1 Green
The first green on the South Course. Getty Images

The South Course at Oakland Hills opens from an elevated tee on a 453-yard par-4. The hole culminates on this green, with its many undulations setting the tone for most of the greens to follow.

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Hole No. 4

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 4 Green
Oakland Hills South Course fourth hole. Getty Images

A 446-yard par-4, No. 4 is a dogleg left with seven bunkers total protecting the corner of that dogleg. The approach plays downhill to the green.

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Bridge on No. 5

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 5 Bridge
A bridge crossing to he 5th hole. Getty Images

Several of these small stone bridges dot the South Course at Oakland Hills. This one is on the fifth hole, a 490-yard par-4. The creek this bridge crosses is about 350 yards from the tee. The approach to the green will likely be from a downhill lie for any golfers that clear a crest in the fairway about 280 yards off the tee.

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Bunkers Along No. 12

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 12 Bunkers
Bunkers line the 12th hole at Oakland Hills. Getty Images

This series of bunkers runs along the left side of the fairway - adjacent to the landing area for some - on this nearly 600-yard long par-5, the longest hole on the South Course. That landing area is about 40 feet below the level of the tee box.

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No. 12 Green

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 12 Green
The South Course's 12th green. Getty Images

The 12th hole finishes at this well-guarded green, protected by three deep bunkers and by a ridge running through the green from back left to front right.

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Hole No. 13

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 13 Green
The par-3 No. 13 hole. Getty Images

The tee shot to this 191-yard par-3 plays slightly downhill to a green that is almost completely surrounded by bunkers. On this two-tiered green, the front section is several feet below the level of the back section where the hole is usually cut.

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Hole No. 14

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 14 Green
The green on the 14th hole at the South Course of Oakland Hills. Getty Images

This is a view toward the 14th green. While the green itself has some protection in the form of bunkers, this fairway is one of the few on the South Course without any sand. The main issue is the green, however, as it slopes severely away from golfers from the front right to the back left. To reach that green, golfers much navigate a narrow, tree-lined fairway.

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Trees along No. 15

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 15 Trees
Yes, there are many trees around Oakland Hills. Montana Pritchard / Getty Images

Miss the fairway at the 15th hole and this might be your view. Trees protect the left side of this fairway all the way on the 401-yard, par-4 dogleg.

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Hole No. 16

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 16 Green
The pretty No. 16 green. Montana Pritchard / Getty Images

The 406-yard par-4 No. 16 culminates with an approach to this dangerous green, one that is wide but also shallow. Leave the approach short and the golfer might find water; send the approach long and the golfer might find one of the bunkers behind the green and face a sand shot toward the water.

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Another view of the 16th

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 16 Lake
Water guards the 16th green. Montana Pritchard / Getty Images

Here's another view of the 16th hole, a longer view that shows more of the dogleg right around the water.

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Clubhouse Behind No. 18

Oakland Hills Country Club - No. 18 Green and Clubhouse
Oakland Hills Country Club clubhouse behind the South Course's 18th green. Montana Pritchard / Getty Images

The South Course at Oakland Hills finishes against the backdrop of its stately clubhouse. The 18th hole is a 498-yard par-4, a dogleg right with a fairway sloping to the left, and with the fairway and green guarded by numerous bunkers. The clubhouse opened in 1922.