PGA Championship Course Preview Oak Hill East Course - Pittsford, NY
February 22nd, 2023
The 2023 PGA Championship will be held at Oak Hill Country Club on the East Course in Pittsford, New York. The last major championship held at this course was the 2013 PGA Championship won by Jason Dufner. More recently this course hosted the 2019 Senior PGA won by Ken Tanigawa.
There may not be a more important sport to bet early than golf. While it is nice to observe player form and you can definitely still make bets throughout the year and even the week of the tournament the value on most players will be long gone by then. You need to handicap a players season projections as well as finding a player whose skills match up with the course.
Oak Hill East COurse
This year we head to Oak Hill for the PGA Championship. This Donald Ross design is located outside Rochester, N.Y. and the history associated with the course is undeniable. The East Course has hosted six major championships and the 1995 Ryder Cup. The course has seen some iconic moments and improbable comeback victories. Jack Nicklaus won the 1980 PGA by a record setting seven strokes, a record that held up until Rory broke it 32 years later. Europe staged a historic come from behind Ryder Cup victory on American soil in 1995. It was also host to two thrilling PGA finishes in 2003 and 2013 from Shaun Michael and Jason Dufner respectively.
Oak Hill has tried to get the course back to its Donald Ross roots heading into its 2023 showcase. Oak Hill brought in restoration expert Andrew Green to put back as much Ross character and design inspiration as possible to the layout. Using original Ross sketches and concepts combined with modern technology and innovations they worked to tap back into the historic nature of this course. Fairway bunkering was adjusted to modern relevancy and greens revised to best represent Ross’s intentions. A few hundred trees were thoughtfully removed to reveal previously unseen views and add recovery options for players.
Three other holes saw significant adjustments as well under the supervision of Green. The new short par three 5th features an elevated green guarded by bunkers on three sides. The new 6th is the course’s most difficult hole, a 500-yard par four curving around Allen Creek, the tributary that touches half of the East Course's holes.
Outside of the adjustments and changes that were added, Oak Hill already included unique design features. The course always has been a tough setup even for the world's best golfers. In 1956, Ben Hogan called its opening hole the toughest he’d ever faced. The signature stretch, the hilly par-five 13th that plays to a tight pinched in green, then the go-for-broke 320-yard par four 14th, and the revitalized 15th hole with all kinds of trouble lurking. Then for a finale the players finish with a 490-yard par four played toward the elegant brick clubhouse.