One of the country's most spirited homes of golf, the Oak Hill Country Club was host to the 1949 U.S. Amateur Championship. Finding the week of tournament play a thoroughly pleasant experience, the club invited the U.S. Golf Association to stage the Open there and was selected as the site for the 1956 championship, which will be held June 14 16. The course, among the most beautiful of our inland layouts, is built on gently rolling ground strategically populated with oaks, maples, willows and other splendid trees set out by one of the club's most vigorous members, Dr. John R. Williams, a retired physician. After some minor remodeling by Golf Architect Robert Trent Jones, the course will play some one hundred yards longer for the Open than it did for the Amateur. As the drawings below of four characteristic holes bring out, the individual holes, though not spectacular in design, call for solid, skillful shotmaking. It should produce a very worthy champion.
The first, 445 yards, is an excellent starting hole. It is typical of the stalwart tree-lined, long par 4s that make up the backbone of the Oak Hill course.
The 3rd, 208 yards, is the longest of Oak Hill's par 3s. The rough fringing this and the other greens will be less difficult than it was for the 1955 Open.
The 11th, 192 yards, will demand very accurate iron play. At Oak Hill most of the greens are of only moderate size and are exceedingly well trapped.
The 18th, 449 yards, a formidable finishing hole, is a mild dogleg to the right which requires a lengthy, well-placed drive and a controlled approach.