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
Winged Foot Golf Club is located in the United States
Winged Foot Golf Club
Location in the United States
LocationMamaroneck, New York
Established1921, opened 1923
TypePrivate
Total holes36
Tournaments hosted
Websitewfgc.org
West Course
Designed byA. W. Tillinghast (1923),
Gil Hanse (2015 renovation)
Par72 (70 for majors)
Length7,264 yards (6,642 m)
Course rating75.7
Slope rating141 [1]
East Course
Designed byA. W. Tillinghast
Par72
Length6,750 yards (6,172 m)
Course rating73.9
Slope rating141 [2]
Course record
Winged Foot Golf Club
A map of New York state with a red dot near the coast and the southwestern border of Connecticut
A map of New York state with a red dot near the coast and the southwestern border of Connecticut
Location in New York
NRHP reference No.100004089
Added to NRHPJune 12, 2019

Winged Foot Golf Club is a private golf club in the northeastern United States, located in Mamaroneck, New York, a suburb northeast of New York City. The club was founded in 1921, by a group largely made up of members of The New York Athletic Club, and opened in June 1923. Winged Foot's name and logo are taken directly from a sculpture in the lobby floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.[3]

Winged Foot has two 18-hole golf courses, the West and the East, both of which were designed by A. W. Tillinghast. The West Course is a par 72 that measures 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 that measures 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.[4]

In 2019 Winged Foot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as the last course Tillinghast designed that was complemented by a Clifford Charles Wendehack clubhouse.[5]

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–

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 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.

Major championships held at Winged Foot[edit]

Winged Foot's West Course has hosted the U.S. Open six times and the PGA Championship once. The East Course has hosted the U.S. Women's Open twice and the U.S. Senior Open.

Winged Foot Golf Club has also hosted the U.S. Amateur twice; in 2004, the tournament was contested on both courses. The 1949 Walker Cup was played on the West Course.

In January 2013, the United States Golf Association announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would host the 120th U.S. Open in 2020.[6] With its sixth U.S. Open, only Oakmont Country Club and Baltusrol Golf Club have hosted the tournament more times.[6]

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 one of the longest par fours in major championship history. The 640-yard (585 m) par five twelfth is the sixth longest hole in major championship history [7].

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.[8]

Year Course(s) Major Winner Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
2020 West U.S. Open 2,250,000
2006 West U.S. Open Australia Geoff Ogilvy 285 (+5) 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk
United States Phil Mickelson
Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1,225,000
2004 West and East[a] U.S. Amateur United States Ryan Moore 2 up United States Luke List
1997 West PGA Championship United States Davis Love III 269 (–11) 5 strokes United States Justin Leonard 470,000
1984 West U.S. Open United States Fuzzy Zoeller 276 (−4) Playoff[b] Australia Greg Norman 94,000
1980 East U.S. Senior Open Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo 285 (+1) 4 strokes United States William C. Campbell 20,000
1974 West U.S. Open United States Hale Irwin 287 (+7) 2 strokes United States Forrest Fezler 35,000
1972 East U.S. Women's Open United States Susie Berning 299 (+11) 1 stroke United States Kathy Ahern
United States Pam Barnett
United States Judy Rankin
6,000
1959 West U.S. Open United States Billy Casper 282 (+2) 1 stroke United States Bob Rosburg 12,000
1957 East U.S. Women's Open United States Betsy Rawls 299 (+7) 6 strokes United States Patty Berg 1,800
1940 West U.S. Amateur United States Dick Chapman 11 and 9 United States W. B. McCullough Jr.
1929 West[c] U.S. Open United States Bobby Jones (a) 294 (+6) Playoff[d] United States Al Espinosa 1,000[e]
  1. ^ Qualifying medal rounds were played on both courses, with the knockout match play rounds held on the West course only.[9]
  2. ^ Fuzzy Zoeller defeated Greg Norman by 8 strokes in an 18-hole playoff; Zoeller 67, Norman 75.
  3. ^ The East Course was scheduled to host the U.S. Open in 1929 but storm damage caused the championship to be switched to the West Course.[3]
  4. ^ Bobby Jones defeated Al Espinosa by 23 strokes in a 36-hole playoff; Jones 141, Espinosa 164.
  5. ^ Since Jones was an amateur, runner-up Al Espinosa received the first place prize money.

See also[edit]

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. ^ a b Johnson, E. Michael (July 15, 2008). "Why Winged Foot Is Special". Golf Digest. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2009–10". Golf Digest. May 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  5. ^ "Weekly List 20190614". U.S. National Park Service. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Open to return to Winged Foot in 2020". Golf.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. ^ "Longest's golf holes in majors". Golf.com.
  8. ^ Bonk, Thomas (August 14, 1997). "Return to the Scene of the Crime". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  9. ^ Curtis, Dave (August 18, 2004). "U.S. Am qualifiers wipe slate clean". New York Post. Retrieved September 12, 2020.

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