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GREENS MONSTER: OAKLAND HILLS AWARDED THE 2003 RYDER CUP
Published October 20, 1998
Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, was selected as the site for the 2003 Ryder Cup and the 2008 PGA Championship, according to John Niyo of the DETROIT NEWS. Oakland Hills beat out the Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth and Medinah Country Club in Chicago, which received the 2011 Ryder Cup (DETROIT NEWS, 10/20). PGA CEO Jim Awtrey "estimates the Ryder Cup will generate" $50-70M for the host city, compared to $40-60M generated by a PGA Championship (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 10/20). Oakland Hills execs expect crowds of 35,000 throughout the weeklong Ryder Cup tournament. Senior Economist at Comerica Inc. David Littmann said that the '96 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills "brought in about" $15M to Metro Detroit, $6M on ticket sales alone. Littmann: "We estimated that there was more than $1 million spent on hotels" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/20). OTHER SITES: The Medinah Country Club was awarded the 2006 PGA Championship, while the 2007 Cup was awarded to Valhalla Golf Club in KY (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/20). RYDER BUCKS: The PGA of America announced that it will allocate $13M from each Ryder Cup "to a new outreach program," the PGA Tour and an endowment for PGA professional education (Jayne Custred, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/20).