The 18th green at Winged Foot (West).
The ninth hole with the iconic Clifford Wendehack clubhouse in the background.
Gone are all the Norway Spruce that once squeezed every fairway of Winged Foot West. It’s now gloriously open and playable, at least until one reaches the putting surfaces, perhaps the finest set of green contours the versatile architect A.W. Tillinghast ever did, now restored to original parameters by architect Gil Hanse. The greens look like giant mushrooms, curled and slumped around the edges, proving that as a course architect, Tillinghast was not a fun guy. Winged Foot West was tamed by Bryson DeChambeau in winning the 2020 U.S. Open in September, but he was only competitor to finish under-par in his six-shot victory.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1966.
2023-'24 ranking: 11th.
Previous ranking: 12th.
Highest ranking: 5th, 1985-1988.
Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in New York since 1977.
Current Ranking: 4th since 2019.