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Wykagyl Country Club
Wykagyl Country Club
Club information
Location Wykagyl, NY, USA
Established 1898
Type private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship
Website http://www.wykagylcc.org/
Designed by A. W. Tillinghast & Donald Ross
Par 72
Length 6,702 yards
Course rating 73

Wykagyl Country Club is a golf course in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle, New York.[1] The club has often hosted major tournaments as well as meetings of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Wykagyl is considered one of the premier "classic courses" in the country.

The club is private and application for membership is by invitation only.

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History

The course was initially designed by Lawrence Van Etten and was completed in 1905. It quickly became famous for both its beauty and the cruelty of its hilly terrain. English golf pro Harry Vardon dubbed the 18th hole, also known as "cardiac hill," as "one of the greatest" he ever played.[2] Over the years Wykagyl has attracted a number of prominent golf pros including George Duncan, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, and Alex Smith.[2]

The design of the golf course has evolved over the years, although the greens on the 1st, 7th, 9th, and 16th holes remain essentially unchanged from the original design. In the 1920s, several holes including the 5th and 6th were redesigned by Donald Ross, one of the most noted architects of the period. A. W. Tillinghast made additional changes in the 1930s, eliminating holes and improving others.[3] In 1994, golf course architect Arthur Hills did a complete overhaul of the course to keep it in line with championship standards, such as being over 6,600 yards (6,000 m) long, with a 72 par.[4] Most recently, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw completed structural renovations aimed at preserving the rugged character of the course.[5]

Horace Rawlins, winner of the first U.S. Open Championship, held in 1895, later became head professional at Wykagyl.[6] In 1916 the first organizational meeting of the Professional Golfers Association was held at Wykagyl.[7] In 1944 Wykagyl hosted its first notable charity event to benefit the American Red Cross, the 1944 New York Red Cross PGA Tournament. The tournament ranked as one of the top events of 1944, as no U.S. Opens were held from 1942 through 1945 and no Metropolitan Opens from 1941 through 1948.[3] The 1949 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin at Wykagyl was the first golf tournament to be broadcast by a television network.[3] In 1977 the club hosted its first professional event, the LPGA Talk Tournament. Beginning in 1990, the Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic became a regular annual event at the club. Although the sponsors and names of the tournament changed over time, the venue remained constant for the next 17 years.[2] In 2007 Wykagyl was the site of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.

Major tournaments held at Wykagyl

Year Major Winner Score Notes
1944 New York Red Cross Tournament Byron Nelson
1948 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Herman Barron +38
1949 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Bobby Locke +66
1950 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Lloyd Mangrum +37
1951 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Roberto de Vicenzo +40
1952 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Sam Snead +57
1956 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Gene Littler +55
1957 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Sam Snead +41
1961 Triangle Round Robin Mary Lena Faulk 365 (-3)
1964 Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin Miller Barber
1976 Girl Talk Classic Pat Bradley 217 (+1)
1977 Talk Tournament '77 Joanne Carner 284 (-4)
1978 Golden Lights Championship Nancy Lopez
1979 Golden Lights Championship Nancy Lopez
1980 Golden Lights Championship Beth Daniel 287 (-1)
1982 Chrysler-Plymouth Classic Cathy Morse 216 (E)
1984 Master Card International Pro-Am Sally Quinlan 284 (-4)
1990 JAL Big Apple Classic Betsy King 273 (-15)
1991 JAL Big Apple Classic Betsy King 279 (-5)
1992 JAL Big Apple Classic Juli Inkster 273 (-11)
1993 JAL Big Apple Classic Hiromi Kobayashi 278 (-6)
1994 JAL Big Apple Classic Beth Daniel 276 (-8)
1995 JAL Big Apple Classic Tracy Keryk 273 (-11)
1996 JAL Big Apple Classic Caroline Pierce 211 (-2)
1997 JAL Big Apple Classic Michele Redman 272 (-12)
1998 JAL Big Apple Classic Annika Sörenstam 279 (-9)
1999 JAL Big Apple Classic Sherri Steinhauer 265 (-19)
2000 JAL Big Apple Classic Annika Sörenstam 206 (17)
2001 Sybase Big Apple Classic Rosie Jones 272 (-12)
2002 Sybase Big Apple Classic Gloria Park 270 (-14)
2003 Sybase Big Apple Classic Hee-Won Han 273 (-11)
2004 Sybase Big Apple Classic Sherri Steinhauer 272 (-12)
2005 Sybase Big Apple Classic Paula Creamer 278 (-6) 2nd youngest winner in tour history
2006 Sybase Big Apple Classic Lorena Ochoa 208 (-5)
2007 HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship Seon Hwa Lee

Course detail

Hole Yards Par (M / W) Handicap (M / W)
1
493
5 / 5
11 / 7
2
160
4 / 4
7 / 13
3
482
4 / 4
1 / 3
4
197
3/ 3
17 / 17
5
406
4/ 4
3/ 1
6
367
5/5
9/ 5
7
222
3/ 3
15 / 15
8
365
4/ 4
5/ 11
9
366
5/5
13/ 9
10
401
5/5
2/ 4
11
375
3/ 3
18 / 18
12
398
5/ 5
6/ 2
13
139
3/ 3
16 / 12
14
379
4/ 4
14 / 14
15
432
4/4
12 / 10
16
164
3/ 4
14 / 16
17
396
4/ 4
8 / 6
18
481
4/ 4
10 / 8

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Coordinates: 40°56′35″N 73°47′36″W / 40.94306°N 73.79333°W / 40.94306; -73.79333

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