Warwick Hills Country Club hosted the Buick Open from 1958 to 1969 and from 1979 until 2009, when GM ended its sponsorship of the tournament. I attended 4 or 5 times and always had a lot of fun. When my buddy Alex texted me yesterday, inviting me to go play, I jumped at the chance and took today off work.
It was a great day for golf and the course was in just as good of shape as I remember from walking it when it was set up for the pros to play. The greens were some of the fastest I’ve ever played, especially if you were above the hole.
Whenever we attended the tournament I liked to walk to the back corner of the course because the crowds were smaller and you could get a lot closer to the players. The 14th hole was always one of my favorites to watch. It’s a short par 4 where the long hitters would try to drive the green.
For us, playing from the white tees, the hole was listed at 302 yards. I had to go for it. I hit it far enough, but pushed it right of the cart path as you can see below. There was a big bunker left of the tree, so I had to play to the right. Of course I bounced it off the cart path and all the way across the green. After a shitty chip shot I was left with about 15-20 feet. Drained the put for par and enjoyed my own moment on the 14th.