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Buick Open - Warwick Hills course preview

This week the PGA Tour returns to Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., for the Buick Open.
GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Philip Owen says this past weekend’s showers provided a boost to the 4-inch Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fescue rough that has been a little thin this year due to the dry conditions. The bentgrass/Poa annua greens are in perfect condition, and Owen has them rolling 11 feet on the Stimpmeter. While there is no signature hole at Warwick Hills, No. 17 is probably the most popular hole this week, as the par 3 is known for its rowdy crowds. Warwick Hills is a certified member of the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program, a joint public-private effort to foster sound environmental practices by the Michigan golf industry.

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .38'
Fairways - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .7'
Greens - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .13'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass; fescue - 4'


Weather: Partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-70s. An isolated thunderstorm is possible on Sunday.


Yardage: 7,217 yards, par 72

signature hole

Fun fact: The course is known for its smooth greens, giving the advantage to the player with the hot putter. Rarely is the tournament decided prior to the last seven holes of the final round where players can easily pick up four or five strokes on par.


Golf Course Superintendents Association of America