HARRISON, N.Y. – There is grandeur to Westchester Country Club that makes it feel as if it ought to be home to major championships.
That’s the sentiment shared by a lot of the LPGA pros getting ready to play the first KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this week.
“You can't hope to be on a better golf course than this,” said two-time major championship winner Cristie Kerr.
Westchester Country Club was home to PGA Tour events from 1963-65 and from 1967-2007. It was also home to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in 2011. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Raymond Floyd and Seve Ballesteros are among players who’ve won at Westchester. Ben Hogan played his final competitive round on the course. Howard Hughes, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan were among celebrities who were members of the club.
“It is such a scenic, beautiful, tough-as-nails golf course that we deserve as a tour to be on,” Kerr said. “We are great players, and it's great to be on a venue that has this much history to it.”
Westchester Country Club opened in 1922 with Walter Travis designing the course LPGA pros will play this week. It will play as a par 73 at 6,672 yards with five par 5s.
“It really reminds me a lot of the U.S. Open golf courses we play,” said Inbee Park, whose five major championship titles include two U.S. Women’s Opens. “The leaderboards and the grandstands and everything, it just feels like a true major golf course.”
Park said the challenge is from the tee box all the way through holing out.
“You have to be accurate with the irons, and you have to putt really well,” she said. “It's very sloping greens. You've really got to be careful.”