Newly Restored. Forever Adored.
Designed by Donald Ross in the 1920s, the East Course has been host to 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.
In the 1970s, the Club reached out to George and Tom Fazio to assist in modernizing the East Course in order to continue its legacy as a host of major championships. While these changes created a more challenging layout for the several major championships that followed, the redesigned holes were a focus of significant criticism since they did not fit Ross’ original vision.
In addition, hundreds of trees that were planted over the decades had become overgrown and changed the nature of the original Ross layout and impacted shot selection and strategy.
East Course Restoration
The East Course Restoration Project started with an initial focus on rebuilding the East Course greens and bunkers. The Club hired Andrew Green of A. H. Green Design to develop a long-range plan for the East Course that identified the additional objectives to add length where possible; create forward tees; expand cupping areas on the greens; and evaluate options for the holes that had been changed from the original Donald Ross design.
- 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 with an emphasis on 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 which will allow the course to play up to 7,360 yards from the Championship tees
Course photos by Evan Schiller Photography