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Durand Eastman Golf Course, a classic pedigree

Not sure why Durand Eastman hasn’t made it on @Bestgolfcourses till now, but thankfully one of our users suggested it, and once we looked into it, the course is a shoe-in to be included. Technically, the course is a Monroe County Parks municipal located on the north side of Rochester and Irondequoit near Lake Ontario on Lakeshore Blvd in Durand Eastman Park. It was donated to the County by Henry Durand and George Eastman (Kodak founder) in 1909 and contains almost 1,000 acres.

It’s an historic layout originating in 1918 with the second nine in 1923 by Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. redesigning the entire layout in 1934.

The layout is carved through a mature forest of hardwoods along a blend of narrow and broad fairway corridors with a variety of green complexes sans bunkers. It’s a gently rolling walk in the proverbial park with streams bisecting both layouts on either side of King’s Highway. There’s four sets of tees from 5,198 yards to 6,033 at the tips where it’s 70.2/122, course/slope ratings.