Since rescuing Indianwood Golf & Country Club and turning it into one of the jewels of Michigan golf, Stan Aldridge has made sure that the jewel hasn’t been hidden.
Indianwood hosted two of the most successful United States Women’s Opens in the history of the championship, first in 1989 and then in 1994. He took on the 1994 championship practically at the last moment when Merion Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia lost the event because the club did not allow women to hold membership. In 2012, the USGA returned with the U.S. Senior Open.
Aldridge has been a prime supporter of the Michigan Section of the PGA and hosted the state PGA Professional Championship for seven consecutive years in the 1980s and into the 90s. The club continues to be a regular host of Golf Association of Michigan tournaments and events as well as USGA qualifiers for national championships.
Aldridge was a staunch financial supporter in the establishment of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1981, and founder Ken Janke Sr. considered him the co-founder.
Indianwood has also hosted many of the state’s major charitable fundraisers. In addition, Aldridge initiated a college scholarship fund for Indianwood employees.
His family has established themselves in Michigan golf as well. His son Kevin became an award-winning golf course designer and the family owns Lakewood Shores Resort in Oscoda.
Year inducted: 2005