An Exclusive Place with a Rich History
One of the best, fairest, and toughest championship golf courses of all time – this is how most golf lovers describe Oak Hill.
The golf course at Oak Hills was officially incorporated in 1991, when golfing was a relatively new sport in America. Originally a 9-hole golf course with just 137 members, the course soon became a hub of social activity and enjoyment in Rochester, New York.
With the increasing popularity of golf, the members agreed to move the clubhouse to Pittsford in 1924. The new location had enough space for two 18-hole courses. Donald Ross, one of the best golf architects of all time, was hired to handle the new design.
In 1926, Oak Hill Country Club’s new golf courses at Pittsford were finally completed. However, the land was still barren, like the original site at Rochester. The soil was exhausted from years of farming, and the scarcity of vegetation made the courses look dull. This is where Dr John R Williams came into the picture!
Dr John R William, a renowned retired physician, had taken up botany and horticulture as a hobby. He decided to transform the entire Oak Hill Country Club landscape with majestic trees and plants. The Oak Hill Country Club is now a landmark featuring thousands and thousands of oaks, maples, elms, and evergreens.
Oak Hill Country Club is a combination of Donald Ross’s architectural expertise and Dr William’s horticulture skills. It is the only club to have hosted all six rotating men’s championships, including:
- Three PGA championships
- Three U.S. Opens
- The U.S. Senior Open
- The Ryder Cup
- Two Senior PGA Championships
The women’s association at Oak Hill Country Club provides two membership categories: social and sports. The Sports membership includes themed invitations for 9-hole and 18-hole players, and the Social membership consists of garden tours.
Golfing at Oak Hill Country Club
The Oak Hill Country Club has two expansive golf courses: The East and the West Course. They both feature mesmeric views, multiple tees for all levels of players, and risk/reward options at every hole.
● East Course
East course is considered more challenging and apt for hosting top golf events. Since it’s built around the east branch of Allen Creek, 9 of the 18 holes pose a water hazard.
The first hole, ‘Challenge,’ features a very difficult drive. The first shot warms up your driving skills and sets the tone for the rest of the game. The dangers of out-of-bounds to the right and new bunkers on the left, along with a series of hummocks in the left rough, increase the excitement level right from the start.
This course features eleven four-par, two five-par, and four three-par holes. The second last hole (Hole 17) allows you to aim for a four or a five par. The last hole provides a wild finish to the round, requiring a long, precise drive over new fairway bunkers. It tests players attempting to cut the dogleg’s corner.
● West Course
The first hole of the West Course gives you an excellent start to the game. Don’t drive through the fairway on the left side because the trees will block your second shot. A short iron strategy to a two-level green is the best way to score well on the first hole.
There are a total of 11 four-par, four three-par, and three five-par holes at the West Course. The last hole is a beautiful four-part heading back to the clubhouse. You can easily reach the green with a good drive and a long iron second shot.
Dining At Oak Hill Country Club
Besides golfing, Oak Hill Country Club also offers a world-class dining experience. They know it’s not just about food; it’s about the whole experience of enjoying a meal to the fullest.
The serene ambiance with delicious aromatic food from the Grill Room proves that Oak Hill knows how to care for its guests and members. The Grill Room is a casual dining restaurant with indoor and outdoor settings accommodating 200 people.
The staff first anticipates what you exactly want and provides personalized service to ensure complete satisfaction. Their culinary masterpieces are full of exotic flavors, love, and passion. Dining at Oak Hill is definitely something visitors can look forward to or be excited about!
Other Exciting Amenities at Oak Hill Country Club
- Oak Hill Clubhouse includes ten rooms members can access for social and professional private events.
- The Oak Hill Golf Shop is among the Top 100 golf shops ranked by the Association of Golf merchandise.
- You also have the chance to learn the game directly from professionals.
- Need help with club cleaning, storage, and other services? Oak Hill can handle that!
- You can relax in the 25-yard heated pool and satisfy your hunger pans with refreshments from the Pool Café.
- The premises also include a Fitness Center featuring cardio machines, strength circuits, power plates, dumbbells, and more.
- Golfing is not the only sport you can play here. This clubhouse also encompasses four Har-Tru tennis courts, a seasonal pickleball court, two Platform Tennis Courts, and an 8-lane bowling alley.
- Equipment for Rental and Platform Tennis is also available.
A Hub for Social Events
The Oak Hill Country Club hosts interesting social events on special occasions and otherwise. Some events you can look forward to are wine dinners, Christmas balls, Fourth of July Picnic, Summer Smokers, etc.
You can also attend family-themed events to bond with your loved ones. They include Taco Tuesdays, Family Fun Nights at the clubhouse or the pool, and much more. Moreover, the children in your family can enjoy participating in Junior Programs like Summer Camps, Junior Golf Academy, Swimming and Diving Team, etc.