Oak Hill Country Club

Oak Hill Country Club
Oak Hill Country Club
Club information
Location Pittsford, New York
Established 1901
Type Private
Total holes 36
Website www.oakhillcc.com
East Course
Designed by Donald J. Ross
Par 70
Length 7,145 yards
Course rating 76.7
West Course
Designed by Donald J. Ross
Par 71
Length 6,649 yards
Course rating 72.3

Oak Hill Country Club, located in the Town of Pittsford, New York, a suburb of Rochester, has a rich history of golf. It started out in 1901 as only 9 holes on 85 acres (0.3 km²) on the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester. The clubhouse was no more than a converted farm house. However, at the time golf was a relatively new sport in America, and as popularity of the sport grew, so did the country club. By 1921 Oak Hill had doubled in size and had a new clubhouse, so when the University of Rochester proposed a land swap in 1921 it was a tough decision for members. However, the country club decided to take the university up on their offer, and moved the club to a 355 acre (1.4 km²) plot in nearby Pittsford. This decision ended up benefiting Oak Hill, University of Rochester and the City of Rochester.

Now with triple the land of the old country club, Oak Hill had room for two 18-hole courses. Designed by Donald Ross, they became the East Course and the West Course. Local physician and civic personality John Ralston Williams cultivated oak trees and planted tens of thousands of them among the greens on what once was a farmed-out field.[1] The East Course - which hosts the major tournaments - has had several changes made over the years, first by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the early 1960's and later (and more recently for the 1989 Open and 2003 PGA) by Tom Fazio and his design group. In 1941 the Times-Union, a local paper at the time posted a $5000 purse which attracted the greatest golfers in the world, including names such as Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, and Ben Hogan. This tournament, won by Snead, put Oak Hill on the national golf map. Several prestigious tournaments would be held at Oak Hill over the next 62 years, including six men's major championships.

In 2009, the East Course was ranked 11th in Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.[2]

Major tournaments hosted

Year Tournament Winner
1949 U.S. Amateur Charles Coe
1956 U.S. Open Cary Middlecoff
1968 U.S. Open Lee Trevino
1980 PGA Championship Jack Nicklaus
1984 U.S. Senior Open Miller Barber
1989 U.S. Open Curtis Strange
1995 Ryder Cup Europe
1998 U.S. Amateur Hank Kuehne
2003 PGA Championship Shaun Micheel
2008 Senior PGA Championship Jay Haas
2013 PGA Championship TBD

Bolded years major championships on PGA Tour

Upon the completion of the 2008 Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club is the only club in the United States to have hosted all six of the Men's major championships that move around the country.

The course record of 64 is shared by Ben Hogan in 1942 and Curtis Strange in 1989.


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Coordinates: 43°06′51.98″N 77°31′54.85″W / 43.1144389°N 77.5319028°W / 43.1144389; -77.5319028

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