Review for Winged Foot (West)

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Several years after I played Winged Foot East, I finally got an invitation to play the West course…

The average green at Winged Foot is 5,100 square feet, small by today’s standards. In his book about Winged Foot, Doug Smith says that there are basically two types of golf course architecture: strategic and penal. Penal is basically one line to follow to your target; if you don’t follow it you’re penalized. A strategic course is one where the golfer has several options to meet his goal, as long as the ball stays in play. Smith says both Winged Foot courses are classic strategic courses. The East course has more water and more doglegs than the West course. Many members swear the greens are tougher on the East, but the West hosts all the big championships and therefore gets all the notoriety. It’s a busy place, but the club has a no-tee time policy. Just show up and play. I had a good round, shooting in the low 90s and putting very well. By the fourth hole, all of us had chipped one in from off the green. By the end of the day, Steven had invited me to play golf at the private estate of his Rockefeller family, which I haven’t had a chance to take him up on, but you bet I will. Ninety-eight down, two to go. Larry Berle

Date: December 10, 2014

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