Golf Course Architecture - Issue 61, July 2020

36 Andrew Green restores Oak Hill’s East course The East course at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, has reopened following a restoration by Andrew Green. “Our goal was to reconnect the East course with its roots and provide a golf experience that better represented Donald Ross’s vision for the course,” said Green. The architect eliminated the fifth and sixth holes. “Hole five is now a mid-length par three that rests to the right of the fourth green and mimics the original Ross design of the sixth,” said Green. “The sixth is a long par four that plays to a green that is in a similar fashion to the original Ross fifth. It uses Allen Creek as a diagonal hazard for both the landing zone and green. “The fifteenth was also completely reworked making for a short, P ostage Stamp-style hole that again mimics some of Ross’s original thoughts. It makes for a precision shot and is a tough hole but doesn’t eliminate recovery the way the previous pond did.” Other aspects of the project included adjustments to fairway bunkers, addition of tees to shorten and lengthen the course, tree removal and the widening of fairways. “The third, eighth, thirteenth and eighteenth greens have been adjusted to retrofit previous modern changes and fit them in the Ross framework,” said Green. “All the other greens were expanded and tweaked to best represent the Ross drawings that the team had as a reference.” TEE BOX The cover story of the latest issue of By Design magazine – produced for the American Society of Golf Course Architects by the team responsible for GCA – reflects on how golf course facilities can adapt to thrive in the post-Covid-19 world. “Adaptability for all parties is the key for the future,” said Henry DeLozier of GGA Partners. “Now is the time for clubs and architects to come together. Architects can propose cost-effective designs and ideas to make clubs more successful.” This issue includes an interview with Renee Powell, 2020 ASGCA Donald Ross Award winner, about her family, career, and Clearview Legacy Foundation. Also in By Design , ASGCA members reflect on Paul Fullmer – the former executive secretary of ASGCA – who passed away at the start of the year, and discuss how he raised the profile of the profession of golf course architecture. To read more, download the latest issue and subscribe to By Design via “Now is the time for clubs and architects to come together” GOOD READ Photo: Andrew Green