Oakland Hills (South)

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Oakland Hills Country Club is a private golf club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. It consists of two 18-hole courses designed by Donald Ross: the South Course (1918) and the North Course (1923). Oakland Hills has hosted many prestigious professional golf tournaments throughout its history, including six U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships, all but a single round of the 2002 U.S. Amateur on its South Course.

Joseph Mack is originally from Peterboro, Ontario.  He moves to Detroit in 1892 and in 1901 starts the Joseph Mack Printing House which becomes well known for the creation of catalogues and sales literature for the automobile industry.  Mack is also interested in real estate investment and development and becomes a director of several real estate companies.  He serves as club president, 1916-20.

Norval Hawkins is from Ypsilanti.  He moves to Detroit in 1888 and in 1898 starts Hawkins, Gies and Company, an accounting firm.  In 1907 Hawkins goes to work for Ford Motor Company as Ford’s first general sales manager.  He briefly works for General Motors in 1921-22.  After leaving the auto industry he authors two books on sales: The Selling Process and Certain Success.  He serves as president of the club, 1925-27 and president of the Detroit District Golf Association, 1935-36.

  Mack and Hawkins’ club memberships include the Detroit Club, Detroit Athletic Club, Country Club of Detroit, Detroit Golf Club, and Detroit Boat Club.  In addition, Mack is a member of Bloomfield Hills Country Club and Pine Lake Country Club.

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