OAKLAND HILL COUNTRYSIDE CLUBHOUSE
Oakland Hills countryside clubhouse is a private golf club located in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan. It was established in the year 1916 and designed by Donald Ross. The south and the north courses measure, 7,445 yards and 6,600 yards respectively.
In August 1922, the Oakland hill countryside clubhouse was officially opened. It had provisions for 48 sleep-over guests at a time.
It has hosted many professional golf tournaments ranging from US Open, and Western Open to Professional Golfers Association(PGA) championships.
OAKLAND HILL COUNTRYSIDE CLUBHOUSE FIRE OUTBREAK
At about 9:15 am on February 17, a fire broke out at the Oakland Hill countryside clubhouse. Eyewitnesses said all the firefighters in the area were alerted and on the ground to handle the disaster but to no avail as the source of the fire was not established early enough.
Major parts of the building were lost as its centre caved in. Luckily, no injuries were sustained.
Local Chief John Leroy said, “At this point, the core of this building right in front of us is almost a total loss. What you see here is the entire centre of the building has sustained extensive damage. Right now, we are trying to stop the damage from extending into the two end wings. The clubhouse, the restaurant, all of the offices, the kitchen. All of these facilities are directly in the centre of the building”.
Oakland Hills countryside clubhouse President said “it’s a tough, tough day. It’s really a devastating day for Oakland Hills, the golf community, our members, and our staff. There is so much history. But the blessings are, nobody was injured and everybody got out of the building”.
Recent renovations and constructions were carried out there but it is yet to be linked with the fire outbreak.
Surveillance camera footage showed camera footage of maintenance workers using a propane torch prior to the onset of the fire that destroyed the Oakland hill clubhouse. This might be the possible cause of the fire outbreak at the Oakland hill clubhouse.