/Historic Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan catches on fire | USA TODAY

Historic Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan catches on fire | USA TODAY


The historic Oakland Hills Country Club, set to host two U.S. Women’s Opens in the coming years, is badly damaged by the blaze.

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At about 10 a.m., flames licked the roof of the private clubhouse as black smoke billowed. The fire quickly spread, engulfing much of the wooden structure. Eventually, the roof collapsed, with one fire official calling it “almost a total loss.”

For Michiganders, the devastation is significant. Oakland Hills is more than a posh private club for summer fun. It represents the aspirations of generations of Michiganders. It holds a place among some of America’s greatest golf courses.

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