A Donald Ross Gem, Right Here in Rochester, NY

Brook-Lea Country Club was constructed in 1926, led by renown golf course architect Donald Ross. He hand drew the layout, originally envisioned as 27 holes. While some of the holes have been renumbered from their original labels on the blueprints below, his hallmarks are found throughout the course. Our grounds staff, led by superintendent Shawn Doty, take great pride in maintaining Ross’ original vision.

Tour the Course

Get a birds-eye view as we take you hole by hole through this Donald Ross masterpiece.

About Donald Ross

RossSittingDonald Ross holds an esteemed place in golf history.  At the time of his death in 1948, the Boston Herald stated,”Golf grew out of his magic … his fame developed with the game until the tag ‘Donald Ross Course’….had the connotation of sterling for silver.”

  • Donald Ross was a founder and honorary president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
  • Ross designed many of America’s most revered courses, many of which still host major golf events.
  • The first PGA Championship, the first three Ryder Cups, and an astounding 34 U.S. Opens, PGA Championships, and Ryder Cups were held on Donald Ross-designed golf courses.
  • Six of Golf Magazine’s 1999 “Top 100 Course in the World” were designed by Donald Ross; several are ranked in the top 35 in the United States, including: Pinehurst (NC); Oakland Hills (MI); Seminole (FL); Inverness and Scioito (OH); and Oak Hill locally.
  • In addition to Oak Hill, other local Ross-designed courses include:  The Country Club of Rochester; Monroe Country Club; and the Nine-Hole Course at Irondequoit Country Club.  Brook-Lea is on a par with its local links brethren, and we offer the most affordable, accessible entry to Membership.

Donald Ross Archive

Brook-Lea Country Club is proud of our stewardship of this Ross masterpiece. His original hand drawn course blueprints and green designs have been preserved and are still referenced by our greens and grounds team as they make decisions for the course today.

See Original Donald Ross Course BlueprintsSee Original Donald Ross Green Drawings

You can learn more about the life works of Mr. Ross on the Donald Ross Society website – www.donaldross.org

Historical Photos

Brook-Lea Country Club is full of history and fortunate to have so much of it documented. A selection of those images are shown below. Contact us for a tour of the clubhouse to see the countless artifacts collected over the years full of some of golf’s biggest names.

Golf at Brook-Lea – 1937 – Part 1

Golf at Brook-Lea – 1937 – Part 2

Golf and Other Activities – 1930s