(Updated: Sept. 14, 2020)
Q: I have always wanted to play Winged Foot Golf Club, but I don't know any members. Do you know how I can get on?
A: We know a lot of the secrets to getting on some of the best private golf courses in the world, and yes, Winged Foot Golf Club is no different.
No, it’s clearly not as simple as signing up at the front desk. Winged Foot Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs around.
Thankfully, there are ways to play Winged Foot (and virtually every other private club) without a member connection.
Winged Foot has two golf courses, both of which have similar characteristics. Each is also ranked among the best 100 golf courses in America. The more famous of the two, the West Course, is often considered as one of the ten best golf courses in the country.
Winged Foot West has a glorious championship history, most recently having hosted the US Open in 2006. You may recall how Geoff Ogilvy walked away with the victory after Phil Mickelson melted down on the final holes.
If you want to test your skills here, playing in a sponsored golf event for a charity is a fairly common possibility of playing Winged Foot. While I don't have the complete list, I do know that there are a number of annual charity golf outings held at Winged Foot Golf Club. For example, Autism Speaks holds an outing there every year in June. Covenant House, another New York area charity, also hosts an annual event there.
(2020 update: Autism Speaks' outing has been rescheduled for Monday, October 19, 2020. Click here for more information. Also, the National Kidney Foundation is hosting an outing the following week, on Monday, October 26, 2020. Click here for more on that event.)