Winged Foot Golf Club

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Winged Foot Golf Club
Winged Foot Golf Club main entrance.jpg
The main entrance in 2006
Club information
Location Mamaroneck, New York
Established 1921, opened 1923
Type Private
Total holes 36
Website wfgc.org
West Course
Designed by A. W. Tillinghast
Par 72
Length 7,264 yards (6,642 m)
Course rating 75.7
Slope rating 141 [1]
East Course
Designed by A. W. Tillinghast
Par 72
Length 6,750 yards (6,172 m)
Course rating 73.9
Slope rating 141 [2]

Winged Foot Golf Club is a 36-hole golf course located in Mamaroneck, New York. The course architect is A. W. Tillinghast, who also designed Baltusrol (Lower), Bethpage Black, Suburban Golf Club, Shackamaxon Country Club, San Francisco Golf Club, Cedar Crest Park, and nearby Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarboro Golf and Country Club in Toronto and Wykagyl Country Club. Winged Foot Golf Club was founded in 1921, by a consortium consisting mainly of members of The New York Athletic Club. The club gets its name and logo from the NYAC's logo, but the two have never had any direct affiliation. Opened 91 years ago in June 1923, application for membership to Winged Foot G.C. is by invitation only.

The West Course is a par 72 measuring 7,264 yards (6,642 m); it has a course rating of 75.7 and a slope of 141.[1] The East Course is a par 72 measuring 6,750 yards (6,172 m); it has a course rating of 73.9 and a slope of 141.[2] Golf Digest' ranked the West Course 8th and the East Course 65th in its 2009-10 listing of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.[3]

Major championships held at Winged Foot[edit]

Played at the West Course, unless otherwise noted.

Year Major Winner Score Notes
1929 U.S. Open United States Bobby Jones (a) 294 (+6)
1940 U.S. Amateur United States Dick Chapman 11 and 9 WFGC member, defeated Duff McCullough, Jr.
1957 U.S. Women's Open United States Betsy Rawls 299 (+7) East Course
1959 U.S. Open United States Billy Casper 282 (+2)
1972 U.S. Women's Open United States Susie Berning 299 (+11) East Course
1974 U.S. Open United States Hale Irwin 287 (+7) "The Massacre at Winged Foot"
1980 U.S. Senior Open Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo 285 (+1) East Course
1984 U.S. Open United States Fuzzy Zoeller 276 (–4) won 18-hole playoff over Greg Norman, 67 to 75
1997 PGA Championship United States Davis Love III 269 (–11)
2004 U.S. Amateur United States Ryan Moore 2 up over Luke List
2006 U.S. Open Australia Geoff Ogilvy 285 (+5) Phil Mickelson double-bogeyed 72nd hole
2020 U.S. Open TBD

For USGA championships, the West Course has been typically set up at par 70. In this configuration the 514-yard (470 m) converted par five ninth hole becomes the longest par four in major championship history. The 640-yard (585 m) par five twelfth is the second longest hole in major championship history.

Winged Foot member Tommy Armour won three major titles: the 1927 U.S. Open, 1930 PGA Championship, and the 1931 British Open.

Claude Harmon was the head professional at Winged Foot G.C. when he won the 1948 Masters and collected a first place check for $2,500. He was the last club professional to win a major championship. Previously, Winged Foot head professional Craig Wood won the 1941 Masters and U.S. Open, the first time any golfer won those two titles in the same year.

Ogilvy's 2006 winning score of five-over-par and Irwin's seven-over in 1974 represent two of the highest major championship 72-hole scores in the modern era of golf.[citation needed] Julius Boros' winning score of 293 (+9) in the 1963 U.S. Open (at The Country Club near Boston), played in gusty winds, represents both the highest aggregate score and highest score in relation to par during this era.[4]

Head professionals at Winged Foot[edit]

Name Years
Dan Mackie 1923
Mike Brady 1924–1939
Craig Wood 1939–1945
Claude Harmon 1945–1978
Tom Nieporte 1978–2006
John Buczek 2006–2009
Mike Gilmore 2010–

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Course Rating and Slope Database™: Winged Foot Golf Club - West". USGA. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Course Rating and Slope Database™: Winged Foot Golf Club - East". USGA. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2009–10". Golf Digest. May 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  4. ^ Bonk, Thomas (August 14, 1997). "Return to the Scene of the Crime". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°57′45″N 73°45′13″W / 40.96250°N 73.75361°W / 40.96250; -73.75361