Oak Hill Country Club

Posted by Golf Local On April - 9 - 2013Featured, Rochester Private Golf Courses
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Oak Hill Country Club

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6,519 yards
Oak Hil Country Club
346 Kilbourn Rd Rochester, NY 14616
(585) 330-5030


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Course History

Oak Hill Country Club started out in 1901 as only 9 holes on 85 acres on the banks of the Genesee River.  The clubhouse was no more than a converted farm house.  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 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. 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.

Tournaments Held at Oak Hill Country Club

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.

1949 U.S. Amateur 
1956 U.S. Open 
1968 U.S. Open 
1980 PGA Championship 
1984 U.S. Senior Open 
1989 U.S. Open
1995 Ryder Cup 
1998 U.S. Amateur
2003 PGA Championship
2008 Senior PGA Championship 
2013 PGA Championship

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2 Reviews on “Oak Hill Country Club”

  1. R. Jones says:

    This is the best private golf course in the north east. I live in Florida and wish I could play there every week. I will be there for the next PGA Championship.

  2. Pete P. says:

    When the best players in the world consider it “the toughest, fairest course they’ve ever played”, it should rate higher than a “3.5 stars” to the more educated readers and golf fans. The PGA has never looked better than it did this past August. Cheers to Oak Hill C.C…again!

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