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 the US
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 Winning Score Margin of


Runner(s) Up Winner's
share ($)
1949 U.S. Amateur United States Charles Coe 11 & 10 United States Rufus King n/a
1956 U.S. Open United States Cary Middlecoff 281 (+1) 1 stroke United States Ben Hogan

United States Julius Boros

1968 U.S. Open (2) United States Lee Trevino 275 (-5) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 30,000
1980 PGA Championship United States Jack Nicklaus 274 (-6) 7 strokes United States Andy Bean 60,000
1984 U.S. Senior Open United States Miller Barber 286 (-2) 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer 36,448
1989 U.S. Open (3) United States Curtis Strange 278 (-2) 1 stroke United States Chip Beck

United States Mark McCumber

Wales Ian Woosnam

1995 Ryder Cup European Union Europe 141/2 to 131/2 United States United States n/a
1998 U.S. Amateur (2) United States Hank Kuehne 2 & 1 United States Tom McKnight n/a
2003 PGA Championship (2) United States Shaun Micheel 276 (-4) 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell 1,080,000
2008 Senior PGA Championship United States Jay Haas 287 (+7) 1 stroke Germany Bernhard Langer 360,000
2013 PGA Championship (3) United States Jason Dufner 270 (-10) 2 strokes United States Jim Furyk 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