Seymour Dunn, a well respected architect and golf club maker from Scotland who had previously designed The Lake Placid Golf Club, was hired to design Locust Hill Country Club. Dunn was born in Scotland in 1882 and his ancestors were golfers, club makers, greens keepers and golf course architects for more than 100 years. Seymour Dunn's ancestors can be traced back to Mary Queen of Scotland and the first golf course ever built. You'll see he came from a historic golf family, was more of a player and a teacher, and is credited with writing golf's first instructional books.
Seymour Dunn would visit Rochester occasionally when he lived in the Adirondacks to help Walter Hagen, a local golf legend, as an instructor and was asked if he would be interested in laying out the Locust Hill golf course.
Locust Hill's golf course holes were named in the Scottish tradition (see Course Tour) and when the golf course was finished, the committee named the 18th hole "All Dunn" as a response to a theory that Robert Trent Jones was involved in the design (Robert Trent Jones visited the property as a student while attending Cornell).
Locust Hill is known as one of the most outstanding golf courses in the country. This par 72, 6,615 yard course has tight fairways and tough greens, with a course rating of 72.8 and a slope rating of 138.
The Rochester Jaycees presented a Charity Pro-Am tournament in 1966 at Locust Hill Country Club, with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Doug Sanders and Bruce Devlin participating. Nicklaus drove the green on a 360-yard par 4 and two-putted for birdie, while Palmer holed out for eagle on the 466-yard eighth hole. The love for the golf course was professed after their rounds.
Our members enjoy the pristine tees, lush fairways, immaculate greens, and strategically placed tee boxes, which provide for a true test for all levels of golfers, whether a scratch golfer, low handicapper, high handicapper, lady golfer, senior golfer or junior player. For thirty plus years Locust Hill hosted and challenged the top LPGA players in the world, and in its final four years was the showpiece for the Ladies PGA championship.
We pride ourselves on a quality golf experience that provides for a reputation as having the best conditioned golf course in the Rochester area while in an exceptional experience of nature, as evidenced by our recognition as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary (click on the above logo to link to the Audubon International website). Couple that with the tremendous golf social programming at Locust Hill (Club Championships, Guest Days, Friday Night Scotches, Tuesday Night Men's league and Women's Sunsetters), there is no better place to establish new friendships and new beginnings.