Donald Ross Classic
Two items that all golfers love: a Donald Ross design and the best greens in the area, they both apply to the golf experience at Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club.
Golf has always been the centerpiece of activity at GIGCC. We have a highly competitive tournament schedule designed for golfers of every level.
For golfers, there is no finer course, and no better value in all of Southeastern Michigan than the classic Donald Ross - designed course at Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club. In addition, the thriving junior golf program provides a great opportunity for youngsters to get an early start on a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. You can look forward to creating lasting memories with family and friends on the acclaimed links of the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club.
Birth of the Invitational
One of Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club's proudest traditions is the annual Invitational Tournament. Back in 1937, the Club needed funds for golf course maintenance so Buddy Krebs and John Foley originated the Invitation Tournament format. That first tournament entry roster was about 25 players short until Rollo Weyand, of Western Golf and Country Club, recruited some 25 golfers from the district to enter the event.
Chuck Kocsis emerged as the first champion in a spirited competition, combined with camaraderie, that remains as the major attraction of the "Invite" today.
Over the years, the Invitational has counted among its contestants Arnold Palmer, Chick Harbert, Walter Burkemo and Frank Stranahan to name just a few of the nationally know golfers who have competed.
Grosse Ile was the first club in Michigan to sponsor an Invitational event. The popular and highly successful idea has expanded to virtually every private club in the country today.
From its humble beginnings, the Invitational has grown to be the premiere event of the golfing season. It's a reunion, a picnic, a sporting event, a happening all rolled into one memorable week in August that has become one of Grosse Ile's finest traditions.