Experience The Elegance, Remember the Tradition

In early 1917, a group of fox hunting enthusiasts made an effort to purchase 6.7 acres of land at the corner of Bloomfield Center (Long Lake) and Ball Line (Kensington) roads. They proposed a new club; one that would be "open" to all. The Purpose of the new club was "to promote equestrian sports, the development and protection of the territory for shooting, hunting, and cross-country riding, and to provide the means for accomplishment of the aforesaid purposes."

outside of the clubhouse

The original members brought a pack of hounds to BOH for the purposes of holding fox hunts as they had done in Grosse Pointe, and that tradition is what continued until 1966, when regular hunting was discontinued. In 1920, the Hunt was formally recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association and was assigned the colors of plum and buff. The importance of equestrian sports at BOH has continued, with the club hosting the Detroit and Motor City Horse Shows from 1934 until 2000, and members regularly traveling to compete in nation-wide horse shows.

The 1920's proved to be a time of growth for BOH with members expanding to 125 in 1925. In 1929, the indoor riding ring was constructed, along with the Ring Room, Founder's Room, and President's Room. At the same time BOH expanded its membership beyond simply fox-hunters by creating a new class of membership for badminton, an increasingly popular sport in the area. 

outside of the clubhouse

In the 1950's, with membership reaching more than 200 families, the club's focus was on growing as a family club. Skeet shooting became popular, the dining room was expanded, and a swimming pool and two tennis courts were added, providing many more sporting and social options for members. Tennis and swimming continue to be a major aspect of life at BOH, both  for the opportunity for the competition they provide as well as being a place for social interaction. 

The original founders, had they return today might not recognize the tennis facilities, the swimming pool, or the modern clubhouse. They might miss the baying of the hounds, and open fields of what is now Bloomfield Hills. We can be assured, however, that they would be proud that their original goal of promoting equestrian sports has been continued and expanded, and their beloved club lives on and continues to grow into its second hundred years.