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University Golf Course Club House Manager Charlie Green at the 6th hole, which was dedicated in his honor for his years of service and commitment to the golf course and university.

Green on the Green

By Danielle Clair, HR Communications intern.

According to University Golf Course Club House manager Charlie Green, you haven’t seen Ann Arbor until you’ve seen it from the top of the course’s 18th hole. Green has enjoyed the evolution of this breathtaking view of the city for over five decades.

Green, who reminisces about the days he could play for just a $1.50, fell in love with University Golf Course as an undergraduate student at U-M. After transferring and graduating from Eastern Michigan University, he taught geometry and algebra in the Willow Run School District and spent summers working part-time at the course. Now retired from teaching and a full-time employee at the course since 1993, Green is responsible for making sure all aspects of the course; its employees and amenities are operating smoothly.
“I’ve said many times, to many people, whether you play golf or not, this course is something to be proud of if you’re affiliated with the university,” says Green.

He not only takes a great deal of pride in the course because its 6th hole was dedicated to him by a college fraternity brother, but because of its rich history. “Historically, this is only the fourth college-owned golf course in the country,” says Green.

University Golf Course was a forerunner in college campus golf courses and in women’s golf as well. Green remembers a time when women weren’t as welcome on courses as they are today. As a result, a group of women started a league at University Golf Course in 1950 and has met to play, weather permitting, every Tuesday morning since. Green is proud to say that he witnessed the formation and continued growth of this group over the years.

In 2002 Green was awarded an Honorary M for his outstanding service to the athletic department. 51 years after first stepping foot on to University Golf Course, Green has not slowed down a bit. His dedication is undeniable as he continues to leave his mark at the course and university.