Oak Hill's East Course ranked one of New York's ten best private golf courses

Golfweek released its rankings for the top private golf courses in each state for 2024, and Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in Rochester was ranked No. 9.

Here is what you need to know.

Oak Hill Country Club

According to Oak Hill's website, Donald Ross designed the East Course in the 1920s. In 2019, it underwent a restoration process to embrace its creator's " roots."

Since then, it has hosted several major championships, including the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, and the U.S. Senior Open.

The highlights for the East Course, as listed on their website, include:

  • Every green on the East Course has been rebuilt to USGA specifications for improved turf quality and drainage using sod grown specifically to Oak Hill’s specifications

  • Certain green contours have been modified to provide more options for pin placements

  • All of the East Course bunkers have been rebuilt with improved drainage and a refined but rugged look that is consistent with a Ross design

  • Strategic tree removals were part of the project, emphasizing adequate sun exposure to both tees and greens while showcasing the majestic specimen of trees that grace the property.

  • The restoration includes new bunkering and tee extensions, allowing the course to play up to 7,360 yards from the Championship tees.

Memberships at Oak Hill are by member referrals only. According to Oak Hill's website, candidates must be sponsored by three Senior members or one Junior member. One sponsor is then asked to contact Oak Hill's Membership and Communications Manager to obtain a membership packet for their candidate.

You can visit their website for more information on Oak Hill and their membership process.

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How do Golfweek's ratings work?

According to Golfweek, their ratings are calculated by the input of over 800 raters worldwide. These golfers play different courses and rate them based on 10 provided criteria, each based on its own 10-point scale. The raters then give each course an overall rating of one to 10, separate from the provided criteria. Golfweeks Best calculates the average of every overall rating to create an annual score for each layout.

The 10 provided criteria include:

  1. Routing

  2. Integrity of design (classic courses only), or Quality of shaping (modern courses only)

  3. Overall land plan

  4. Greens and surrounds

  5. Variety and memorability of par 3s

  6. Variety and memorability of par 4s

  7. Variety and memorability of par 5s

  8. Tree and landscape management

  9. Conditioning and ecology

  10. "Walk in the park" test

Golfweek notes that there are never any perfect 10 ratings; only eight courses worldwide on the top 2024 lists were rated above a 9.

An average rating above 8 indicates an incredible golf course. According to Golfweek, anything above 7 is considered worth traveling great distances to experience, and courses with an average rating of 6 to 7 can be considered the best in most cities.

— Madison Scott is a journalist with the Democrat and Chronicle who edited our Weld Street Project and also did reporting for it. She has an interest in how the system helps or doesn't help families with missing loved ones. She can be reached at

This article originally appeared on Aberdeen News: Oak Hill's East Course makes list of top private golf courses in NY