Oak Hill Country Club

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This article is about the New York golf course. For the golf course in San Antonio, Texas, see Oak Hills Country Club. For the golf course in Oakland County, Michigan, see Oakland Hills Country Club.
Oak Hill Country Club
Club information
Location Pittsford, New York
Established 1901
Type Private
Total holes 36
Website oakhillcc.com
East Course
Designed by Donald J. Ross
Par 70
Length 7,145 yards (6,533 m)
Course rating 76.7
Slope rating 147 [1]
West Course
Designed by Donald J. Ross
Par 71
Length 6,649 yards (6,080 m)
Course rating 72.3
Slope rating 127 [2]
Oak Hill CC is located in United States
Oak Hill CC
Oak Hill CC
Location in the United States

Oak Hill Country Club, located in Pittsford, New York, a suburb southeast of Rochester, has a rich history of golf. It started out in 1901 as only 9 holes on 85 acres (0.34 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 (1.44 km2) plot in nearby Pittsford. This decision ended up benefiting Oak Hill, the 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.[3]

The East Course - which hosts the major tournaments - is built around the east branch of Allen Creek, which acts as a lateral hazard on 9 of its 18 holes. It has had several changes made over the years, first by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the early 1960s 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 2015, the East Course was ranked 16th in Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.[4]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

All played on the East Course.

Year Tournament Winner Winner's
share ($)
1949 U.S. Amateur United States Charles Coe n/a
1956 U.S. Open United States Cary Middlecoff 6,000
1968 U.S. Open (2) United States Lee Trevino 30,000
1980 PGA Championship United States Jack Nicklaus 60,000
1984 U.S. Senior Open United States Miller Barber 36,448
1989 U.S. Open (3) United States Curtis Strange 200,000
1995 Ryder Cup European Union Europe n/a
1998 U.S. Amateur (2) United States Hank Kuehne n/a
2003 PGA Championship (2) United States Shaun Micheel 1,080,000
2008 Senior PGA Championship United States Jay Haas 360,000
2013 PGA Championship (3) United States Jason Dufner 1,445,000
2023 PGA Championship (4) TBD 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 63 is by Jason Dufner at the 2013 PGA Championship.[5]


  1. ^ "National Course Rating Database: Oak Hill, East Course". USGA. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Course Rating Database: Oak Hill, West Course". USGA. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Marcotte, Bob (November 29, 2010). "Passion, dedication made John R. Williams a force in Rochester". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). Gannett Company. pp. 1B, 4B. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses". Golf Digest. Feb 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ Auclair, T. J. (August 9, 2013). "Dufner's record round surpasses his hero, Hogan". PGA of America. 

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Coordinates: 43°06′47″N 77°31′59″W / 43.113°N 77.533°W / 43.113; -77.533