Sedgefield CC

    Course Par Value: 70 • Course Yardage: 7127
    The Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open, and Sedgefield Country Club, the tournament's current home, was one of the original host courses. In its early years, the tournament was contested on the courses at both Sedgefield and Starmount Forest Country Clubs - both in Greensboro. From its inaugural tournament in 1938, won by eight-time champion Sam Snead, through the 1942 event, two rounds of official tournament play were contested at each course. When the tournament resumed in 1945 following World War II, the event began alternating courses each year - a process that continued through the 1950, but the next 10 tournaments were played at Starmount. Alternating between Sedgefield and Starmount was a popular arrangement that suited almost everybody until the 1960 tournament, which followed a hard winter and found Starmount not in the best of condition. After winning the tournament for the seventh time, Sam Snead, who for years was said to have buried his money in tomato cans in his back yard, jokingly suggested that Edward Benjamin, who owned Starmount, dig up a few of his tomato cans and fix up the course before the next tournament. Benjamin was not amused. He banned Snead from Starmount for life and created a serious problem for the host courses, but with the tournament growing rapidly; it turned out to be a blessing. Sedgefield, with vastly more space to handle the crowds, became the sole home of the tournament until 1977 when it moved to Forest Oaks Country Club southeast of Greensboro for the next 31 years. (Later, the Starmount membership purchased the club from Benjamin and renamed the road leading to the clubhouse Sam Snead Drive; it remains so today.) In 2007, Sedgefield Country Club restored its Donald Ross-designed gem to its original design and lengthened it to accommodate the modern PGA TOUR golfer. The $3 million restoration process, led by Donald Ross course restoration expert Kris Spence, took 10 months to complete and resulted in a stellar, classic course covering some 7,117 yards and playing to a par 70. In 2008, after more than three decades at Forest Oaks, the Wyndham Championship went home to one of the courses on which it began.

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    1 4 418 A good starting hole on the outgoing nine of modest difficulty. The left bunker will challenge the direct line to the green. A tee shot near the right edge of the bunker provides an open approach to the green.
    2 4 442 Three prominent bunkers on the right suggest a left to right tee shot. The player who skirts these bunkers will be rewarded with a shorter approach and better angle in the left to right sloping green.
    3 3 174 An uphill par 3 to a large green bordered by 3 restored bunkers in the steep right hand slope. Hole locations placed near the edge will require an accurate and confident stroke.
    4 4 428 Additional length will require a semi blind tee shot to a left to right sloping fairway. The ideal drive is hard up the left side near the bunker. This low profile green is accessible with an aerial or low running ground stroke.
    5 5 529 A new back tee restores the uphill and somewhat blind tee shot to the saddled fairway. Two new bunkers provide an interesting and straight lay-up to the plateau green.
    6 4 423 The most challenging hole on the course requires a tee shot left of center and near the creek - the difficult uphill approach to a large undulating green in a natural amphitheater setting.
    7 3 223 A long downhill tee shot to a bunkerless "punchbowl" green must avoid the creek crossing in front and on both sides.
    8 4 374 A tee shot that challenges the diagonal creek finds the shortest route to the hole. However, the player who is near the bunkers on the right will have the best angle.
    9 4 416 A long uphill tee shot near the right edge is preferred. Tee shots left of center will require a strategic stroke over the restored cross bunker short of the scalloped green.
    10 4 440 A demanding start to the incoming nine playing downhill from the tee and uphill to the back to front sloping green. You must avoid the left fairway bunker.
    11 4 486 This long par 4 requires a strong tee shot near the right edge of the fairway. A steep shoulder with mounds along the left edge of the green will challenge approaches from the left side.
    12 3 235 This long par 3 requires a well struck long iron or wood to a large tow tier green guarded on the front right and left by deep bunkers.
    13 4 405 An uphill par 4 that requires a strong drawing tee shot. The ideal approach is right of center to avoid the deep carry bunker short left of this undulating green.
    14 4 501 A wide fairway awaits this long par 4. Two center line bunkers create a deceptive approach shot to the skyline green. A restored pot bunker challenges the approach shot from the right side.
    15 5 545 The downhill tee shot must avoid a small creek on the left and a large fairway bunker on the right. Going for the green in two will require a long carry over water and deep greenside bunkering to a severe back to front sloping green.
    16 3 175 A great short par 3 playing downhill over a hazard to a raised fill pad green. Well defined internal contours on this green will challenge every class of player.
    17 4 406 A left to right tee shot to this saddle fairway is preferred. An uneven stance should be expected adding interest and strategy when approaching this narrow green.
    18 4 507 Added length restores this to a solid par 4 hole. The long uphill approach from a downhill lie will require accuracy to avoid the four bunkers protecting the approach and sides of the large green.