Course Architects: Lawrence Van Etten (1904), Walter Travis (1908),
                   Donald Ross (1920), Tom Winton (1920), Robert White
                   (1921-27), A.W. Tillinghast (1930), Robert Trent Jones
                   (1960), Hal Purdy (1963-70), Stephen Kay (1990), Arthur
                   Hills (1994), Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2006)
Year Opened: 1904
Location: New Rochelle, New York
Slope: 135. Rating: 72.7
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,702
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 540 Yds    10 - Par 5 517 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 399 Yds    11 - Par 3 164 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 431 Yds    12 - Par 5 496 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 147 Yds    13 - Par 3 210 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 400 Yds    14 - Par 4 407 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 528 Yds    15 - Par 4 362 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 172 Yds    16 - Par 3 226 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 452 Yds    17 - Par 4 374 Yds
                      9 - Par 5 500 Yds    18 - Par 4 377 Yds
                      Par 37  3,569 Yds     Par 35  3,133 Yds

Key Events Held: The Met Open (1909, 1927),
                 Goodall, Palm Beach Round Robin (1948-52, 1956-57, 1964),
                 Triangle Round Robin (1961),
                 Girl Talk Classic (1976-77),
                 Golden Lights Championship (1978-80),
                 Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Classic (1982),
                 MasterCard International Pro-Am (1984),
                 JAL Big Apple Classic (1990-2000),
                 Sybase Big Apple Classic (2001-03),
                 Sybase Classic (2004-06),
                 HSBC World Match Play (2007).

Awards Won: Ranked #93 America's Top 100 Classic Courses by Golfweek (2004).

Website: www.wykagylcc.org

HISTORY:  The  President was William  McKinley, the Gay Nineties were cooking,
U.S.  declares war on  Spain over Cuba as Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders
charge  up San Juan  Hill leading the United States to victory in the Spanish-
American War and famed composer George Gershwin was born. This all happened in
the  year  1898, when Wykagyl  Country Club  was founded, originally as Pelham
Country  Club. The club moved from its first location in Pelham to property in
New  Rochelle,  New York, where it  was renamed Wykagyl Country Club after the
Indian Tribe (Wikagyl).

Club  member  Lawrence E. Van Etten  was chosen to  design the course and in a
short period of time, nine holes were fashioned at a cost of  $2,100  and only
a  few months  later  the second  nine  was completed  at  a slightly  greater
cost  ($4,560). The  course played  to  a par  of  71 at  6,326 yards.  Rather
quickly,  the membership  grew to 125 and  by 1908, there were 450 members and
as  many as  520 the  following year.

Over  the seasons,  Wykagyl hosted  many  events, including  an exhibition  in
1913,  as Harry Vardon  and Ted Ray played a match against Alex and Mac Smith.
Despite  a heavy  downpour  in the  morning,  1,000 people  came  out for  the
match.  The better-ball scores were 69-67  for the Smiths and 72-69 for Vardon
and  Ray.  The match  was held  the day after  the U.S.  Open playoff in which
Francis Ouimet defeated Vardon. Walter Hagen  even  came to  Wykagyl one  year
removed following  his first U.S. Open title  at the  age of 21.

Legendary  Bobby Jones visited Wykagyl for the first time  in  1918, just  two
years  after losing  in the  third  round of  the  U.S. Amateur  at 14.  Jones
returned  in  1924, but along  with partner  Cyril Tolley, they  lost 6 & 5 to
"Long  Jim" Barnes  and  Mike Brady.

One  of the  best  architects at  the  time,  Donald Ross  was  brought in  to
redesign  the original  fourth,  fifth  and sixth  holes  in  1920 while  A.W.
Tillinghast  made additional changes in the early '30s to the same three holes
and  the  10th, 17th  and 18th, as  well as eliminating  the old first, second
and 10th holes. The Depression came  and went,  then World War II with Wykagyl
barely getting by financially.

With   the  war   winding  down,   Wykagyl  held   the  1944   New  York   Red
Cross  Tournament, a PGA  Tour event. This tournament ranked as one of the top
events  of  1944, as  no U.S.  Opens were held  from 1942  through 1945 and no
Met  Opens from  1941-48.  The field  was outstanding,  led  by Byron  Nelson,
Harold  "Jug" McSpaden,  Paul  Runyan,  Gene Sarazen  and  Craig Wood.  Nelson
shot  four subpar  rounds, including  a third-round  66 for  a three-shot  win
over Vic Ghezzi.

The  Goodall  Round Robin  made its  way to  Wykagyl in  1948, with Ben Hogan,
Bobby   Locke,  Jimmy   Demaret,  Lloyd  Mangrum  and  Henry  Cotton  as  some
of   the   competitors.  Herman  Barron   won  easily  with  Locke  and  Hogan
finishing  second  and third respectively.  Television came to Wykagyl for the
1949  Round Robin,  as  NBC  broadcast the  Sunday  round,  the first  network
telecast   of   a  golf  tournament.   Locke  won  that  event  in  impressive
fashion,  averaging  rounds of  68, finishing  ahead of  Barron and Sam Snead.
Mangrum  won  the  1950  event,  which  included  a  course-record  tying  65.
Roberto  de  Vicenzo scored  his first  PGA Tour  title at  this event in 1951
with  four  of his five  rounds in  the 60s. The  '52 affair saw Snead capture
the  event, however  Cary  Middlecoff set  a  new  course mark  of  64, as  he
needed  just  24 putts  in his round.  Mangrum equaled that  mark on the final
day  to  finish third.  Gene  Littler  captured  the  1956 event  while  Snead
returned  to  the winners circle in  '57, as he tied  the course mark of 64 en
route  to victory.  The PGA  Tour  dropped the  event from  its schedule,  but
members  tried to  revive the event in 1964. Miller Barber won the tournament,
as  he edged out Ken  Venturi for the  win.

The LPGA has made its mark at Wykagyl, dating back to 1961. The Triangle Round
Robin  included  Mickey Wright,  Patty Berg, Louise  Suggs and Kathy Whitworth
to  name a few. It was Mary  Lena Faulk  however who won the  event, defeating
Suggs  by  two. The LPGA  returned in  1976 for the  Girl Talk Classic, as Pat
Bradley  recorded  her first  Tour win  in a playoff  over Judy Rankin, Sandra
Post  and  Bonnie Lauer.  JoAnne  Carner,  then  the  longest hitter  on  Tour
captured  the 1977  event. Nancy  Lopez  made history  in her  rookie year  of
1978,   as  she  captured  nine  LPGA  events,  including  the  Golden  Lights
Championship at Wykagyl.  Lopez would repeat as champion  the following year.

After  several  years without an  event at Wykagyl,  the LPGA returned in 1990
for  the  JAL Big  Apple Classic. Betsy  King captured the  first two of these
tournaments and Wykagyl has hosted an LPGA tournament ever since.

Annika  Sorenstam  and Sherri  Steinhauer are also  two-time champions of this
event.  Sorenstam joined  King as a multiple winner in 2000, when she captured
the  rain  shortened event  over 2001 winner  Rosie Jones. Sorenstam's winning
score  of 265  in 1998,  still ranks  as the  lowest score  in event  history.
Steinhauer  won  her second title  in 2004, as she  defeated Grace Park by two
shots, her sixth career LPGA title and first since 1999.

In  2005, eighteen-year-old Paula Creamer became the second youngest winner in
LPGA  Tour  history, as she  sank a  15-foot birdie putt  on the final hole to
defeat  Gloria  Park and  Jeong Jang by  one shot for  her first career title.
Creamer's winning score of 278 was the highest score by a champion since 1993.

Despite  rain  that shortened the  event to 54  holes, the 2006 tournament was
quite  a success, as Lorena Ochoa stormed back from four shots back to win for
the  fifth  time in her  short career. Trailing Hee  Jung Park, Ochoa began to
make  her move  with a birdie on  five and back-to-back birdies on 11 and  12.
With Park stumbling down the leaderboard, Ochoa and Allison Hanna battled  for
the top spot. Ochoa tied Hanna for the lead with another birdie on 15 and then
claimed  the  lead outright, as  Hanna made back-to-back  bogeys on 15 and 16.
After  pars on  16 and 17, Ochoa capped  off her round with a birdie on 18 for
a  66 and  a two-shot  win  over Hee-Won  Han  and Kyeong  Eun Bae.  Defending
champion  Paula Creamer closed with a round of 70 and tied for sixth with two-
time Sybase Classic winner Annika Sorenstam. Sorenstam started the final round
just  two behind,  but her triple-bogey seven  on the ninth did her in, as she
shot 74.

Additional changes have been made to the club over the years by Robert  White,
Robert  Trent Jones, Hal Purdy, Stephen Kay, Arthur Hills and most recently in
2006,  a  multi-million dollar facelift by  Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Coore
and  Crenshaw,  who have  designed some spectacular  layouts around the United
States,  are rebuilding the 14th and 15th greens, redoing all tees and bunkers
and adding an additional 30 traps.

Although  many designers  have been  brought in  over the  years to  tweak the
layout,  the course  is virtually a Van Etten and Tillinghast design. Only the
second  and third holes are Ross holes while the eighth's Van Etten design was
changed  by Ross into  a dogleg. Most of the work by the other architect's was
to the bunkers, tees and the greens.

REVIEW: The opening hole is a downhill, dogleg to the left par-five stretching
540  yards from  the blue tees. The tee  shot is blind from the top of the tee
and  requires a  sweeping draw to set up  a possible shot at the green in two.
The fairway is tree-lined with deep rough through the green. Even with a solid
tee shot, your second shot will leave some serious thought, as a creek crosses
the  fairway  20 yards  short of the  putting surface. Laying  up will leave a
short  pitch to  a relatively flat surface,  guarded left and right by sand. A
certain birdie hole or at worse, par.

Two  is  an  uphill,  straightaway  par-four,  which  plays  longer  that  its
yardage  indicates.  With that  said, a  big drive  down the  left side of the
fairway  will  clear the cavernous bunker  and leave a  mid to short iron to a
large  green that  slopes from back to  front. A crossing bunker sits 30 paces
short  of  the putting surface, so  a drive in  the rough or bunkers will play
havoc with a  layup. Par is a  very good score.

One  of  the most  difficult holes  on the  front nine  is the 431-yard third.
Bending slightly to  the right, the  hole is tree-lined down both sides of the
fairway.  To make  matters  worse,  from 170  yards  out,  the fairway  slopes
down  40 yards to the green while the putting surface rises six feet above the
fairway.  The green  is very  steep, sloping  back to  front, often  resulting
in  three putts  or balls rolling off  the surface. The precise play is three-
metal  off the  tee followed by a  medium iron. Greedy will result in bogey or
worse, especially if you land left  or right of  the green in sand.

The  first par-three  is a downhill beauty  over an outcrop of rocks with tall
trees  standing guard on  both sides. Miss this green short and your shot will
fall  down a steep  incline, long and you'll have virtually no shot at getting
up  and  down. The putting surface  slopes left to  right and back to front. A
back-left  pin  placement is almost impossible  to get close, so take your par
and move on.

Some  call  the fifth the best  hole on the  course. From an elevated tee, the
hole  is  a dogleg  right with  tall trees  flanking the  entire right side. A
fairway  metal  is all that  is needed  off the tee  favoring the left side. A
brook  dissects  the fairway  100 yards  from the green.  Your approach to the
green  will  be uphill and  must negotiate a pair  of very deep bunkers, front
right  and  left. When  in bloom, this  hole is quite  the site despite making
bogey or worse.

The  second  of three  par-fives on  the front nine,  the sixth  is one of the
tightest  driving  holes on the  course. A creek  meanders down the right side
through  the rough  while deep rough covers  a steep hill on the left. From an
elevated  tee,  your first  shot should be  played down the  right side of the
fairway.  Decision  time awaits. The  putting surface  is 40-50 feet above the
fairway  and requires  a  precise three-wood  to reach  the  upper fairway  in
front  of  the green, or  layup short of the  steep incline and leave yourself
with  a 100-yard  uphill  pitch. The  scratch player  should  have no  problem
getting   close   in   two   setting   up  a   birdie   chance.   Worst   case

From   an  elevated   tee  to  an  elevated  green,  the  seventh  is  another
outstanding  hole at  Wykagyl. The real difficulty of this hole is the putting
surface,  which  slopes severely from  left to right  and back to front. Above
the  hole  and your  chances  of  two-putting are  slim  and  none. Three  pot
bunkers  guard  the green,  two left and  one right while  a deep, gaping trap
protects  the front. Making par will be no small task.

The  longest  par-four on the course,  the eighth is highlighted by a 100-foot
Red Oak. Estimated age has it  200  years old  and  the  maintenance alone  on
the   tree  exceeds   $1,000  annually.   It  even   has  its   own  lightning
protection system. A severe dogleg left,  the  tee shot must carry  the corner
of  the turn  to have  any chance  of  getting home  in two.  Even then,  your
opening  shot might  run through  the  fairway, leaving  a difficult  approach
out  of  the rough.  A mid iron  will be  required to a  long and narrow green
protected  on  both sides by sand.  A front, left  pin can produce a birdie or
two, but be satisfied with a four.

The ninth hole can be had if conditions are right. Just 500 yards in length, a
solid tee ball  from the elevated tee must catch a piece of the fairway at the
base  of  a ridge.  This will leave  the player  with a chance  to get home in
two.  Easier  said then done,  as the  second shot is  uphill and blind at the
onset  and  then  slopes  down  toward  the green.  For  the  big  hitters,  a
mammoth  tee shot  can carry  the  ridge and  leave  just a  five-iron to  the
green. The putting surface is  small and surrounded  by a huge bunker left and
a  pair of  sand pits on the  right. This is a good  time to make up a shot or
two as you head to the back nine.

The inward nine also begins with a par-five. The tee is situated 25 feet above
the  fairway and  requires a blast down the  left hand side to leave a shot at
getting  home  in two.  The second  shot must  clear a  brook that crosses the
fairway 170 yards from the green. The hole moves steadily uphill to the green,
but  a big tee shot will leave a fairway metal to the putting surface. Missing
right  or left  will result in trees  and deep rough. Two deep bunkers protect
the  three-tiered putting surface on either side. Any shot above the hole will
have  a difficult time  staying on the surface, so play below the hole to give
yourself  a  shot at birdie.

Talk  about  a picturesque  hole, the  downhill par- three  11th is just that.
Only  164 yards,  a short  iron will  be needed  to negotiate  the quintet  of
bunkers  that surround  the  green. The  putting surface  is  small and  quite
undulating as it  slopes from back  to front. Making par could be difficult if
the wind kicks up.

The  final par-five is  also reachable, at just 496 yards in length. The drive
traverses  over a  deep valley  and bridge  as it  moves towards  the fairway.
Favor  the right side,  as a deep and wide bunker  looms large on the left. To
reach this green, even the best of players will  have  to be quite precise  to
avoid  the  large  Oaks on  the  right  and  the  sand left.  Not  to  mention
negotiating  the  false front  and the elevated  putting surface. The sensible
play  is short left of the green and pitch up tight for birdie.

The  second longest  par-three on  the course,  the 13th  is a  great test  of
golf.  From an  elevated tee,  a long  iron or  fairway metal  will be  needed
just  to  reach the putting surface.  The two-tiered green slopes from back to
front  and  plays most difficult with  a back-right pin. Two bunkers, left and
right  guard  the surface, but  stay below the hole  or your par attempt might
roll  off the  green. Par is a good  score here.

A  dogleg right, the  14th is a par-four that can be conquered if the drive is
right.  Which means cutting  the corner to leave a short iron to an open green
with  bunkers left  and  right.  The two-tiered  surface  has  many nooks  and
crannies, so  be  careful with  your approach or a three-putt could arise.

The 15th is the shortest par-four on the course  at just  362 yards in length.
Just a fairway metal or iron will leave the  player with just a 100-yard pitch
on  this dogleg  left. The  defense of  the hole  is the  severe slope  of the
fairway  that bends  towards the  green. Miss  left off  the tee  and a  large
willow  and  deep rough  will hamper  your approach.  Deep bunkers protect the
three-tiered  putting  surface on all  corners. A front  pin could result in a
great birdie try while a back-right spot might make par a good number.

Accuracy  and  club selection is  the call on 16.  The longest one- shotter on
the course,  this par-three can force a player to hit as much as a three-metal
depending  upon  the conditions. Although  the tee  is elevated, the hole will
play  its yardage.  The putting surface has  two tiers, which slope as much as
four  feet  from back to front.  Two bunkers on  either side of the green will
gobble any errant ball. Making par here will bring a smile to your face.

Your  score on  the 17th  will most  likely be  the result  of your  tee shot.
Just  374  yards in length,  the hole doglegs to  the left and slopes downhill
towards  the green  some 40 feet. Cut  the corner with a big sweeping draw and
you'll   be   left  with  a  mere   pitch  to  a  small,  round  and  slightly
elevated   putting  surface.   Miss  the   fairway  either   left  or   right,
however,   and  you'll   have  little  chance  of  making  par  or  bogey,  as
trees,  sand  and  deep  rough  will  gather  any  errant  shot.  The  putting
surface is  flat, but guarded nicely on both sides by sand.

The  18th  is a great example  that closing holes do  not need to be 450 yards
in  length.  Just  377  yards  from  the tips,  the  last  is  a  straightaway
hole  with a pond  on the  right of the  landing area and out of bounds  left.
The  fairway  is flat  from the slightly  elevated tee until  it ends 50 yards
short  of  the green. From  there, the surface is  perched some 40 feet above,
so an  extra club  or two  will be  required to  reach the  green. The putting
surface  lies  on an  angle to  the left and  is extremely  quick from back to
front. Stay below the hole, two putt and be happy with four.

OVERALL: With all the great courses in the area, Winged Foot, Quaker Ridge and
Westchester, Wykagyl Country Club is often overlooked. This is a huge mistake.
WCC  is an  outstanding  venue that  has  grown better  with  age. The  course
condition  is magnificent from tee to green. The clubhouse is majestic and the
amenities,  well, how many Clubs do you know that have four bowling lanes, not
to  mention a swimming pool, tennis and paddle courts and an 80-yard par-three
to  settle bets. This  is as traditional as it gets and everything in between.
Long  and short  par-threes, doglegs  left and  right, deep  rough, tree-lined
fairways  and stately  oaks, this is a  course that makes you take notice. The
topper, history. Wykagyl has as many memories as any in the United States. And
fans  of the  course, LPGA  Hall-of-Famer Betsy  King commented  that "It's  a
very  challenging  course. At Wykagyl,  you have to  do everything well to win
here."  A  winner here  in 1980  and runner-up  to King  in 1990, Beth Daniel,
another  Hall-of-Fame  member on the  LPGA Tour was  quoted as saying, "It's a
very  distinctive course with  a personality of its own. You have to hit every
club in the bag, which is a sign of a great course." My sentiments exactly. My
return trip to Wykagyl will be much anticipated.