2019 Member-Member Championship

Our Golf Course

We offer a high level of playability for all skill levels on our championship Donald Ross course.
Our Golf Professional and team offer lessons and guidance on the golf course.

  • History
    • The original course was of rather primitive design, reflective of the early era of golf. Nine holes were laid out on either side of the Brighton Road and each hole was given a descriptive name in British manner. These names remain today as designations for our Club’s overnight guest rooms — Hub, Stonewall, Hickory and Blue Point.   As interest in golf grew, the original course was changed and expanded. Donald Ross, Scotsman and distinguished golf course architect of his time, designed what is essentially the course we play today, followed in more recent years by Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills.  A Master Plan restoration was completed in 2004 by Golf Course Architect, Gil Hanse.

      Through the years

      In the early days, our Club's reputation was enhanced by the feats of the Thistle Golf Team, a group of CCR members who competed in the League of the Lower Lakes. The League included teams from clubs in Canada, Buffalo, Cleveland and Syracuse. According to reports of the day, the Thistle Team competed in great splendor, wearing scarlet jackets and white linen knickers.  Later, more of the game’s luster adorned the Club through the fame of the incomparable Walter Hagen, one of the greatest of professional golfers, and certainly the game's most colorful player. Hagen grew up in Brighton, near the Country Club, where he was first a caddie and later became club professional.   Sam Urzetta, who won the 1950 National Amateur Championship and played on two Walker Cup Teams, was head professional here for thirty-seven years, longer than any man before him. Sam is, along with Walter Hagen, probably the finest golfer ever to come out of this area. 

      Continuing the Tradition

      We find ourselves in an enviable position resulting from maintaining vigilance to The Country Club of Rochester’s rich history. The friendships that run through our Club emanate from our traditions, storied golf lineage, colorful members and professionals that have preceded us.   It is fair to say that CCR played an instrumental role in the birth of golf in the United States. Our original Donald Ross golf course serves as the thread that ties each generation of member to the next and fortifies the foundation for the wonderful relationships that have developed. Such endeavors in preservation are a most meaningful attribute, and reflect most favorably on the Members of yesteryear, current and the future.

  • Tournaments
    • Through the years, we have had the honor of hosting a number of prestigious national golf tournaments, including the first ever Women’s Open in 1953, sanctioned by the USGA.


      First ever Women’s Open, sanctioned by the U.S.G.A.


      U.S. Women’s Amateur


      U.S. Women’s Open


      American Junior Golf Association Rolex Girls Junior Championship


      American Junior Golf Association Rolex Girls Junior Championship

      At CCR, our golf members look forward to participating in a variety of tournaments each season, most of which are longstanding traditions for the Club. Some of the more traditional and well-loved tournaments include:


      First League of the Lower Lakes Golf Tournament. CCR team won this inaugural event.


      First Annual Men’s Invitation played


      First Member Guest Tournament


      First Gay Levis Election Day Golf Tournament

  • Course Scorecard


#1 Haig’s House 

Some might say the first hole is a 'mere' 324 yards. However, the opening 324 yards serves to welcome you to the quality of golf that you will find during your round. The first hole epitomizes classic golf design by allowing the golfer to choose their path to the hole. The bold play is rewarded, only if it is struck with accuracy and confidence. Pro's Advice: The golfer chasing par might choose to hit a long iron off the tee, positioning themselves between the fairway bunkers for an uphill second shot. A more aggressive play is with the driver. If you are able to find the fairway with the driver, you are left with a short iron to a well-bunkered green that slopes from right to left.

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2935 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14610


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