Inverness Club in Toledo is one of the Midwest’s most prestigious tournament venues. The club was founded in 1903 and hired Donald Ross in 1916 to design a championship-caliber, 18-hole course. He delivered, and the 1920 U.S. Open was soon held here. It has hosted four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and a U.S. Amateur. It is also the host of the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship and 2021 Solheim Cup. The course has been renovated, expanded and redesigned over the 100-plus years of existence. Architect Andrew Green extensively restored the Donald Ross layout in 2018, while also adding some new features as a result of property expansion. The cathedral clock, still on display in the clubhouse, was presented by the participants of the 1920 U.S. Open, and Inverness was the first club to permit the players into the member’s clubhouse. Inverness’ crest is inscribed with the Latin words “Concordia et Fidelitas,” which translates to “Harmony and Faithfulness.”
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|Gold M: 74.9/146||392||439||240||430||164||455||456||570||367||3513||370||378||170||519||450||440||408||411||331||3477||6990|
|Silver M: 72.0/137||387||394||197||385||141||430||434||522||344||3234||345||368||152||495||420||417||393||411||305||3306||6540|
|Blue M: 69.9/134||369||350||161||346||118||385||387||522||305||2943||333||368||141||495||390||389||393||346||305||3160||6103|
|White W: 71.5/131||286||350||161||297||103||348||360||448||274||2627||205||268||111||428||307||367||284||346||262||2578||5205|
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Inverness set for the Solheim Cup
I had the chance to experience Inverness prior to the Solheim Cup. From that impression, this course is going to be a lot of fun to watch, both in person and on TV. There are quite a few spots on the course where you can watch a lot of action. If I was there, I would try and grab a grandstand behind the 10th green, where there are other tees and greens very close.
The course, wow, pretty special, and tactical. I played Oakland Hills South a week before (quite a heater, I know), so it was cool to see how the courses contrast following their respective renovations. Inverness' land is a lot different with some bowls and sharp falloffs in the fairway that lead down to a small creek on both nines. I found the fairway angles tougher to hit here vs. Oakland Hills and the greens are smaller with less going on, generally speaking.
Loved the 18th hole even though i butchered it. Don't let the yardage fool you and try and hit the fairway!
They love their plaques and history here, from Byron Nelson to the Hinkle Tree and a really funny plaque next to the halfway house designating an awful tee shot from a member.
For a club of such high regard I was surprised how mediocre our forecaddies were. Not much hustle in either one and the seemed to just chat with each other more than give us tips on the course.. I felt very welcome in the Oakland Hills locker room by the members and staff whereas at Inverness they kinda shooed us out when we walked in.
In a nutshell, I preferred the total package at Oakland Hills but I could see how Inverness might be a better test post-reno for the game's best players. Both clubs really, really want a men's major again and I'll be eager to see who is awarded one first.
Superlative Ross course in the Glass City
After the Andrew Green restoration this course once again has a Golden Age feel. The restored holes feel like the have always been a part of the course.
The layout uses the creek to perfection and creates a lot of elevation change and course character. The bold Ross greens were quite difficult, but ahoy to putt on.
If given the opportunity make sure to take it.