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Golf’s next major championship is coming to our own backyard; Get to know Oak Hill

Major Championship golf is returning to the Finger Lakes Region when the 105th PGA Championship arrives at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY on May 15 – 21.

Back in June of 2020, PGA Historian Emeritus Bob Denney penned a great course profile on PGA.com, “Oak Hill Country Club is One of America’s Great Golf Masterpieces“. Revisiting this spotlight on what may be New York State’s most storied golf course is a great primer for golf’s next major coming up in a few weeks right in our backyard.

Golf’s next major championship is coming to our own backyard; Get to know Oak Hill
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Oak Hill Country Club is One of America’s Great Golf Masterpieces

When Oak Hill Country Club moved to its current location in Pittsford, New York, in 1922, the 355-acre barren farmland was devoid of trees. Club members hired Donald Ross to design two courses, the East and West, and encouraged retired doctor John Ralston Williams to decorate Ross’s design with tens of thousands of trees, mostly oak.

Williams, the first physician in the country to use insulin in the treatment of diabetes, made Oak Hill his garden. He once said, “I discovered the Almighty was the greatest landscape architect of all. It was His plan to have oaks at Oak Hill.”

Williams reached out to arborists around the world for help, one acorn at a time. There were contributions from oaks planted by George Washington at Mount Vernon, from the Shakespeare Oak at Stratford-upon-Avon, from Sherwood Forest, the Cedars of Lebanon and from the Kew Gardens of England.