01 Aug Sedgefield Country Club – GolfPass Grass Guru
Wyndham Championship • Hole 9 • Par 4 • 403 yds
It’s the final regular season week on Tour, and Sedgefield Country Club is just an OK course. Honestly, the Wyndham Championship itself is just an OK tournament. With the FedEx Cup Playoffs starting next week, it’s essentially a last ditch effort for players who want a few more points or are on the cusp of the cut line to get into the Northern Trust.
Bunker wise, we have a pretty standard Donald Ross track with beautifully grassed faced bunkers spread throughout. None particularly memorable, but sometimes the cohesive whole means you’d rather they blend into the background. This is particularly nice on a historical track such as Sedgefield Country Club. The bunker closest to the green on the ninth is this week’s BOTW. While it’s not directly next to the green complex, it’s well positioned to be a nuisance to the shorter shooter. I really like the 30 yard buffer zone it leaves between the two. Sometimes the best defensive green side bunkers are not even green side.
I think many courses today, especially the less memorable ones, tend to cluster 2-3 bunkers right next to the green. This makes it harder to maintain, less memorable to the viewer, and easier to get out. Go figure. However, the ninth at Sedgefield Country Club is a nice breath of fresh air, regardless of how long this course has been around.
The PGA’s final tournament might be lacking the fire power this, but it’s still at one of golf’s architectural delights. Thanks Mr. D. Ross. I think it’s the perfect course for a tournament that is on a weird part of the overall schedule. It’s a well thought out course where the history of golf course design can be seen, and an accurate player can go very, very low. Get ready though, a powerhouse of a course is lurking next week. Be ready.
Cover Photo: Courtesy of Wyndham Championship
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass (hello Huggy Bear). Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a crisp morning, would be teeing it off. Shoot Eric a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his other blogs here.