The storm that slammed New York City this week was felt in the northwestern part of the state, too. Standing in Hurricane Sandy’s path was Oak Hill Country Club, which will play host to the PGA Championship next year.
While the damage was minor at the suburban Rochester, N.Y., club compared with the devastation in New York City and area, it nonetheless demonstrated the awesome power of nature.
The club sent along a few photos of Oak Hill in the Sandy aftermath. It said the clean up has begun and stressed the damage won’t have an impact on the major championship, which begins Aug. 8 and will be played on the club’s East Course. “The PGA’s thought are with everyone who is truly suffering from this storm,” it added.
Oak Hill last held the championship in 2003. Shaun Micheel was the winner.
A tree was completely uprooted on the 10 hole, a par-four that tips out at 432 yards.
Allens Creek between the seventh green and eighth tee couldn’t contain the deluge of water that fell on the course.
Perhaps ironically, the club’s famous “Leaning Oak” tree stayed upright during the storm, or at least askew as it normally is.
Photos courtesy of PGA Championship