Dearborn Country Club hires new GM

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Country Club
Bruce Lilley was hired as the new general manager and chief operating officer at the Dearborn Country Club.

DEARBORN — Bruce Lilley was hired as the new general manager and chief operating officer at the Dearborn Country Club.

The national search included more than 110 candidates from across the country.

Lilley had been serving as the clubhouse manager and assistant general manager at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms where he had been instrumental in enhancing the total member and guest experience.

He played a leadership role in developing strategic plans and in implementing over $10 million in new construction and renovations, while focusing on achieving great results with a club wide “service guarantee” philosophy, according to a press released by the DCC.

Prior to the Country Club of Detroit, Lilley held various leadership roles in both restaurants and private clubs, including as the clubhouse manager at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville.

Lilley has a degree in Culinary Arts/Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I. During his career, Lilley has held several executive and sous-chef roles in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Martha’s Vineyard and North Carolina.

Asked his thoughts on joining as the new leader at Lilley said:

“It is an exciting time to be part of a club with such a rich heritage,” Lilley said. “I am thrilled to become its new GM/COO and look forward to celebrating a major milestone in eight years as one of the nation’s finest centennial clubs. It is a privilege to be part of this important stewardship at such a great club as we move forward.”

DCC was founded by Henry Ford in 1925 and will be celebrating its centennial in 2025.

The DCC Board of Governors is very about the addition of Lilley.

“Bruce brings a perfect blend of contagious enthusiasm, endless passion for results, culinary creativity and a proven record of strategic development and implementation,” Board President Jon Husby said. “I am personally impressed with his character, knowledge, communication and attention to detail. We are currently in the middle of a membership drive and Bruce’s addition has already sparked the interest of potential new members.”


In 1923, Henry Ford instructed his general secretary to “lay out a good, practical golf club that any and everybody could use.” With those 13 words, the Dearborn Country Club in Dearborn was founded two years later.

To make his vision possible, Ford worked hand-in-hand with renowned course designer Donald Ross to design the original 18-hole Championship golf course. He then procured the services of world distinguished architect Albert Kahn to build the English Tudor-style clubhouse.

Over the years, the DCC has hosted the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship and the Lady Stroh’s Open. DCC hosted the U.S. Open Qualifier in 2008 and will host a U.S. Senior Open Qualifier this year. Distinguished golfers including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player and Nancy Lopez have played the course.