Oak Hill Country Club

Oak Hill Country Club is a country club in the northeastern United States, located in Pittsford, New York, a suburb southeast of Rochester. Founded 122 years ago in 1901 and best known for its East golf course, the club has hosted multiple major championships.

Oak Hill Country Club
Club information
Oak Hill Country Club is located in the United States
Oak Hill Country Club
Location in the United States
Oak Hill Country Club is located in New York
Oak Hill Country Club
Location in New York
LocationPittsford, New York, U.S.
Established1901; 122 years ago (1901)
Total holes36
East Course
Designed byDonald J. Ross
Length7,360 yards (6,730 m)
Course rating77.2
Slope rating151
West Course
Designed byDonald J. Ross
Length6,723 yards (6,148 m)
Course rating72.9
Slope rating133


The club has a rich history of golf, starting 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 fairways and roughs on what once was a farmed-out field.[1]

East CourseEdit

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, later (and more recently for the 1989 Open and 2003 PGA) by Tom Fazio and his design group and finally by Andrew Green who completed a restoration project in 2019.

In 1941, the Times-Union, a local paper at the time, posted a $5,000 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 were held at Oak Hill over the next 78 years, including six men's major championships – including three U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships, as well as the Ryder Cup.

In 2019, the East Course was ranked 22nd in Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

Major tournaments hostedEdit

All played on the East Course.

Year Tournament Winner Winning
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1949 U.S. Amateur   Charles Coe 11 & 10   Rufus King N/A
1956 U.S. Open   Cary Middlecoff 281 (+1) 1 stroke   Ben Hogan

  Julius Boros

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

  Mark McCumber

  Ian Woosnam

1995 Ryder Cup   Europe 14½ to 13½   United States N/A
1998 U.S. Amateur (2)   Hank Kuehne 2 & 1   Tom McKnight N/A
2003 PGA Championship (2)   Shaun Micheel 276 (–4) 2 strokes   Chad Campbell 1,080,000
2008 Senior PGA Championship   Jay Haas 287 (+7) 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer 360,000
2013 PGA Championship (3)   Jason Dufner 270 (–10) 2 strokes   Jim Furyk 1,445,000
2019 Senior PGA Championship (2)   Ken Tanigawa 277 (–3) 1 stroke   Scott McCarron 585,000

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, in the second round of the 2013 PGA Championship.[2]

Future eventsEdit

Year Tournament
2023 PGA Championship (4)
2027 U.S. Amateur (3)


  1. ^ 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 June 12, 2022. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  2. ^ 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