PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Hall of Famer Karrie Webb relishes the test Monroe Golf Club is going to offer.
Rolex world No. 1 Stacy Lewis says it ranks behind only Pinehurst No. 2 among the best courses she has played on the LPGA schedule this year.
The new venue for the Wegmans LPGA Championship continues to get rave reviews.
“It’s one of the best golf courses I’ve played in a long time,” Webb said.
Monroe Golf Club is a Donald Ross design opened in 1924. It succeeds Locust Hill Country Club as host to the Wegmans LPGA Championship for this year only with the event morphing into the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next year.
“This is a great venue,” Lewis said. “It's the type of course we should be playing, and it's going to be hard. It's going to be a great test. I wish we were coming back, really. I wish we weren't here for just one year.”
It’s a par 72 layout that will play long at 6,717 yards. The course features some generous fairways, with the real test the second shot into smallish, crowned and undulating greens.
Locust Hill featured narrow fairways with penal rough everywhere.
“I always felt like I was hitting it down a one-way street and never hit it,” Hall of Famer Juli Inkster said of Locust Hill.
Webb: “You feel like you can breathe around here, at least off the tee. At Locust Hill, you had to get it in the fairway. This week, good iron play is a must . . . Trying to hit as many greens as possible will be key.”
Paula Creamer didn’t think the course set up that long when she played nine holes with the course firm and fast on Monday. She changed her mind after playing it Tuesday and Wednesday.
“It’s playing long,” Creamer said.