Westchester Country Club

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Westchester Country Club
WCC best shot.jpg
View towards sportshouse
Club information
Location Harrison, New York,
at 99 Biltmore Avenue,
Rye, New York, U.S.
Established 1922
Type Private
Total holes 36
Tournaments hosted Thunderbird Classic (1963–65)
Westchester Classic (later Buick Classic, and now The Barclays) (1967–2007)
Senior Players Championship (2011)
Women's PGA Championship (2015)
Website Westchester Country Club
South Course
Designed by Walter Travis
Par 71
Length 6,566 yards
Course rating 71.7
West Course
Designed by Walter Travis
Par 72
Length 6,752 yards
Course rating 73.5

The Westchester Country Club (or Westchester Biltmore Country Club) was founded in 1922 by John McEntee Bowman, who hired Walter Travis to design two golf courses in the Town of Harrison, New York, as a luxury resort hotel.

The West Course was designed for championship play and has hosted PGA tournaments since 1963. The South Course was originally designed for women and higher handicap golfers. Around 1997, the South Course was reconstructed with longer tees, new sand and grass bunkers, water hazards, and some new greens. The South Course is now more competitive with the West Course to accommodate low handicap golfers.

Westchester Country Club hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1923.[1] The club hosted its first PGA tournament in 1963 with the Thunderbird Classic. The Thunderbird was also held at Westchester in 1964 and 1965. There was no PGA tournament at Westchester Country Club in 1966, and starting in 1967 the Westchester Classic was an annual stop on the PGA Tour through 2007. (The tournament name has changed several times since then due to sponsorship switches, and is now called The Northern Trust.)

On January 14, 2008, an article in the Journal News announced the PGA Tour's desire to terminate its affiliation with Westchester Country Club. The decision was made primarily because of Tiger Woods' refusal to play in the tournament in 2007 and the tournament's subsequent low TV ratings and low attendance. On Saturday, January 26, 2008, a compromise agreement was made between the club and the PGA Tour at a town hall meeting at the club. The PGA paid WCC $1.1 million to move the tournament from Harrison to Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ, for the 2008 event. In a second compromise agreement, the PGA Tour recently awarded Westchester Country Club a major tournament on the Champions Tour.

The 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship was played on the renovated West Course. This is one of the biggest stops on the Senior Tour.

In June 2015, Westchester hosted its first LPGA major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Notable members past and present[edit]

The starter's shack in 2002. The person in the photograph is Bob Watson, Jr.
16th hole, West Course

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Coordinates: 40°59′54″N 73°42′0″W / 40.99833°N 73.70000°W / 40.99833; -73.70000