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Oak Hill Country Club (West)

Rochester, NY Private

Overview

At a certain point in their past, specifically the early 1950s, the roads of Oak Hill’s two courses began to diverge. The East, in anticipation of the 1956 U.S. Open, underwent a major remodel by Robert Trent Jones that put it on the “championship course” track, a freeway it continues to travel today in which all decisions about the design are considered in the context of important national tournaments. The West—though it too has been modified over the years—was never rebuilt with the intention of challenging the game’s best players and has remained the more casual walk in the park.

Fundamentally, both designs have much in common, no surprise since Donald Ross designed them to play as one, anticipating Oak Hill members would utilize different combinations of holes, crossing from one course to the other in various loops. Despite their different architectural journeys, the West has, in design jargon, great bones, and from the motocross rolls of the par 5 sixth to the stop-and-drop fairway at the par 4 ninth to the Himalayas up and over of the par 4 13th it possesses some of the property’s most interesting topography.

What’s missing is the same kind of investment that the East has always received. Though the routing is just as strong (if not stronger), the West has typically seemed under-developed and ill-defined, though the latent energy the holes possess is tangible. A touch up by Andrew Green, who revamped the East prior to the 2019 Senior PGA and 2023 PGA Championships, or some other historically minded architect, could put the West on a new road that would make the only difference between the two the rich tournament history that’s always elevated one over the other.

About

Holes 18
Length 6723
Slope 133
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1925
Designer Donald J. Ross, ASGCA/(R) Robert Trent Jones, Jr., ASGCA/Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked Top 20 in New York from 2013-2016; Top 25 from 2011-2012 & 2017-2020.
2023-'24 ranking: 30th.
Previous ranking:
27th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.0282
Character
7.3177
Challenge
6.9515
Layout Variety
6.9685
Fun
7.1467
Aesthetics
6.9351
Conditioning
7.4012

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