PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Monroe Golf Club is getting strong early reviews from players preparing to tee it up at the Wegmans LPGA Championship here for the first time.
The club succeeds nearby Locust Hill Country Club as a one-year home to the event before it becomes the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next year and begins moving around the Northeast.
Monroe Golf Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1924. It's also home to the Monroe Invitational, a prestigious men's amateur event.
“It’s a great golf course,” Morgan Pressel said. “Visually, it’s gorgeous, and it’s definitely challenging. The green complexes are spectacular. The fairways are much wider, if you’re going to compare it to Locust Hill down the street, but it’s got some length to it and it’s going to be a tough test."
The course is 6,717 yards and plays as a par 72. The greens are crowned, smallish and undulating.
“More than likely, you’re going to hit these fairways,” Pressel said. “After that, it’s a second shot course. It’s about keeping it below the hole. The greens are perfect.”
With the crowned greens, Pressel said a strong short game will be key.
Paula Creamer said it could play long if it’s wet, but ... “I wouldn’t say it’s a bomber’s golf course,” Creamer said. “It might be a little bit easier off the tee for them, and they’ll have short clubs in, but you’ve still got to hit good golf shots, no matter what. It’s a good test of golf. Around the greens, there’s nasty rough.”