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(CBS Baltimore) — Sedgefield Country Club, in Greensboro, North Carolina, is home to the Wyndham Championship, the last PGA Tour event of this abbreviated season before the FedExCup Playoffs. Sedgefield has been a regular Tour stop since 2008. But its relationship with professional golf, not to mention its rich history, dates back much further.
Sedgefield Country Club formed in 1925, around the time famed course architect Donald Ross drew up sketches of his next masterpiece. Ross’s courses use the natural topography to help dictate the path of the course and play on it. They work on a sort of risk-reward system, challenging players to be a little aggressive and then offering scoring opportunities if they succeed. Sedgefield was no different. (Ross also designed Pinehurst No. 2, Aronimink Golf Club and East Lake Golf Club, among many others.)
Sedgefield, which Ross created to fit in with the rolling landscape of the North Carolina countryside, opened for play the following year. Golf was a much different game then, with shorter courses played with less sophisticated equipment. When Sedgefield debuted as a tournament course in 1938, it played at 6,680 yards.
Its first pro tournament was called the Greater Greensboro Open, and was played at both Sedgefield and Starmount Forest Country Club. Legendary golfer Sam Snead won the event, the first of eight wins he would have at the tournament over the next 27 years.
The Greater Greensboro Open split rounds between the clubs for a time then alternated events for awhile longer. Starmount hosted the event through the 1950s. After Snead won the 1960 tournament, he joked about the poor condition of the course. His comment angered the course’s owner and earned him a lifetime ban. As a result, the tournament was moved back to Sedgefield, where it remained through 1976.
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