CLUB HISTORY

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Established in 1924, Sodus Bay Heights is a club with a rich golf history. While still a teenager, Robert Trent Jones began his legendary career by serving as the first golf professional at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club. Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Jones did not design the golf course at Sodus Bay Heights. To this day the original architect remains unknown. 

 

Sodus Bay Heights began as a nine hole golf course with a clubhouse, a separate pro shop and a small caddy building. In 1953, an addition to the clubhouse was planned and constructed by Jim and Al Santelli. Today this addition is the Robert Trent Jones grill room. On July 1st, 1972, a new clubhouse was opened.  It included a beautiful banquet room with panoramic windows offering sweeping views of Sodus Bay. The pro shop was incorporated into the new building, eliminating the need for the caddy house. A patio was added just outside the grillroom in 1980.

 

In 1966, Claude Wright Sr. formed a committee to begin planning the expansion of the golf course to eighteen holes. Geoffrey S. Cornish, a golf course architect from Amherst, Massachusetts, was retained to redesign the existing course and layout an additional nine holes on the west side of Route 14. On May 25, 1969, the new 18 hole golf course was dedicated. A memorial stone commemorating the day was placed next to the flagpole. 

Sodus Bay Heights PGA Professional History

 

Our First Golf Professional - Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1930 - 1935 

Scoop Haubner 1935 - 1939 

Douglas Cousins 1939 - 1942, 1947

Byron Proesus 1948

Douglas Cousins 1949 - 1951 

Leland Boice 1952 - 1977 

Dennis Mead 1978 - 1979

Paul M. Carter 1980 - 2006

David B. Jones 2007 - 2015

Ben Wilson 2016 - PRESENT

 

Sodus Bay Heights Superintendent History

 

Warner Featherly 1924 - 1974

Kenneth Campbell 1975

Tom Charnock 1975 - 1978

Paul Christ 1978 - 1984

Stephen Boone 1984 - 2017

Todd Vankouwenberg 2018 - 2019

 

Sodus Bay Heights

Board of Directors

 

Mr. Joe Vater - President

Mr. Dave Usiatynski - Vice President

Ms. Deb Vater - Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Peter Tarana

Ms. Sharon Lilla

Mr. Jeff Fulton

Mr. Jim Rudd

Ms. Julie Hamm

Dr. Michael Jordan

Mr. Jim Quinn

"The sun never sets on a

Robert Trent Jones golf course."

- RTJ -

THE JONES LEGACY

Robert Trent Jones was born on June 20, 1906, in Ince-in-MakerfieldEngland.  While still a child, he immigrated with his parents to the United States, where they settled in East Rochester, New York. As a teenager, Jones worked as a caddy at The Country Club of Rochester under Walter Hagen.

 

An exceptional golfer in his own right, Jones recorded the best score of all amateur golfers at the 1927 Canadian Open. He also set a course record at The Country Club of Rochester.  He followed his passion for golf by accepting a job as the first golf professional at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club in Sodus Point, New York.

 

While employed at Sodus Bay Heights, the membership encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a golf course architect. With the help of generous Sodus Bay Heights members, Jones attended Cornell University, embarking on a customized course of study that allowed him to pursue his interest in golf course design. While a student at Cornell, he designed nine holes of the university's golf course, now known as the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.

 

From his humble beginnings at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club, Robert Trent Jones designed more than 500 golf courses in 45 states and 35 countries around the world. He took pride in saying, "The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course." 

 

In 1987, Robert Trent Jones was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  That same year he received the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA’s highest honor. Today his legacy lives on through his sons. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Rees Jones are world-renowned golf course architects in their own right. 

 

The game of golf would be much different today had Robert Trent Jones not found his way to Sodus Bay Heights. We take pride in knowing that the generosity of several of our charter members launched the legendary career of the man that set the standard for the field of golf course design.

Come, join us, and take a walk where golf as we know it was born. 

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Sodus Bay Heights G.C.
P.O. Box 289
7030 Bayview Drive
Sodus Point, NY 14555
Golf Shop: (315) 483-6777
Business Office: (315) 483-2094
The Heights Restaurant: (315) 483-4767

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