Hamilton Colgate University's Seven Oaks Golf Club moved up one position to 22nd in the annual Golfweek.com rankings of Best Campus Courses.
Seven Oaks is characteristic of all Robert Trent Jones courses, which include strategic deployment of water along with extensive tee areas and large, expansive greens. Jones, who graduated from Cornell in 1930, designed Seven Oaks in 1934 but because of the Great Depression, those plans sat idle in a drawer until the 1950s. Ground was broken for the first nine holes in May 1956 and the course was completed and open for play July 4, 1958. The second nine was completed and open for play in September 1965.
“Over the years, the course has only gotten better,” Raiders head coach Keith Tyburski said recently. “Jon McConville, our superintendent, does a wonderful job keeping it in great condition. And Marian Blain, the PGA Professional, and her staff do a great job managing the golf course. As someone who grew up in the area and grew up playing the golf course, it's really been fun to see it develop from something that's always been good into such a great finished product. We're very lucky to have it.”
Earlier this year, Jim Ford authored a book, "Seven Oaks: A History of Golf at Colgate University," that is available through the Colgate University Bookstore.