It’s not just anyone who can win the club championship at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The membership list includes more than 30 tour pros. The designer was Phil Mickelson—it was his first try at architecture—and Phil’s caddie Bones Mackay holds a 2 handicap there.
Golf magazine senior writer Cameron Morfit recently wrote that the place is so high-end that Gary McCord, CBS announcer and founding member, said, "If you need a ride on someone's airplane, you just go in the locker room and holler, 'Is anyone going to Dallas?' "
Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, never has won the club title and once placed 10th in the Whisper Rock championship the same week he finished ninth on the PGA Tour. One of the co-champs that very year was Ben Hayes, who is not a big name but is not slouch.
Hayes won another prestigious and much more venerable tournament today. He captured the 100th Walter J. Travis Invitational at Garden City Golf Club, defeating Jay Crowley of Round Hill Club (Connecticut), 3 and 2, in the final.
It finished an eventful, memorable week at the club that paid special homage to Travis, an American golf pioneer and eight-time winner of the event that was named for him in 1927.