Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses

Oak Hill-East, Rochester, New York

", fairest, and toughest championship golf course I’ve ever played.."- Ernie Ells

"It's the hardest, fairest golf course we've ever played.. " - Tiger Woods

Oak Hill Country Club
346 Kilbourn Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
United States

Oak Hill Country Club certainly wasn't the stuff that picture postcards are made of, but it was a functional, satisfactory piece of property, those 85 acres comfortably nestled next to the Genesee River that served as home to Oak Hill when club was formally incorporated in 1901.

Today, Oak Hill is a truly classic golf course with a history of big-name champions in its four previously hosted majors. Designed by the venerable Donald Ross (Pinehurst, Royal Dornach) in 1923, Oak Hill has also undergone remodeling by Robert Trent Jones in 1953, Tom Fazio in 1977, and most recently by Fazio protege Tom Marzoff in 1999.

Oak Hill is a classic design with tree-lined fairways, a handful of strategic doglegs, deep greenside bunkers and subtly contoured greens. The 10th-ranked golf course in America as determined by Golf Digest, Oak Hill will play to an elongated 7,134 yards and a par of 70. Ten of its 12 par fours will play to more than 400 yards and the final three holes, all par fours, are stretched out to 440, 490 and 480 yards from the tips. Coming down the stretch, par will be a very good number. For that matter, par over the entire 72 holes might just be good enough to win the 2003 PGA Championship.

The PGA of America is no stranger to the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club. Jack Nicklaus won the last of his five PGA Championships at Oak Hill in 1980. The European Team won the Ryder Cup Matches at Oak Hill in 1995. The United States Golf Association has held three U.S. Opens on the East Course. Cary Middlecoff won in 1956, Lee Trevino in 1968 and Curtis Strange in 1989. Oak Hill's original design was by the legendary Scottish architect Donald Ross, with Rochester native Robert Trent Jones contributing to its updating over the years. The course is an arboreal delight with many grand specimen trees coming into play.

Now the membership of Oak Hill waits with anticipation the coming of its second Professional Golfer's Association Championship. It will be contested on the hallowed grounds of a grand old tract of land that has evolved into one of Rochester, New York's hidden gems.