Jupiter Hills Club Set to Host USGA Four-Ball Championship PDF Print E-mail



By Jason Bruno

Tequesta, Florida - On Monday, the United States Golf Association hosted

the media at the site of the 2018 U.S Amateur Four-Ball Championship -

Jupiter Hills Club. The two man team competition takes place May 19th-

23rd on George Fazio's Hills Course and Tom Fazio's Village Course, Jupiter

Hills is practically unknown to the golfing public when compared to the three

preceding host venues (Olympic, Winged Foot and Pinehurst) that have all

hosted multiple U.S Opens over the last century.





In the late 60's, Jupiter Hills was founded and created by George Fazio

along with William Clay Ford, Bob Hope and William Elliott. The Hills Course

opened in 1970 (renovated by Tom Fazio in 2006), Tom Fazio's Village layout

opened for play in 1982 (Fazio completed a renovation in 1999). In 1987,

Billy Mayfair captured the U.S Amateur at Jupiter Hills.







On Feb.11th, 2013 the creation of U.S Amateur Four-Ball and the U.S

Women's Four-Ball was announced, thus eliminating the U.S Amateur

Public Links Championship and Women's Am Pub-Links in favor of a new

team format competition. In doing so, the dream of many public golfers

of winning that national championship and playing in the Masters had

gone away. I've stated on the record that I'd much preferred they left

the Amateur Public links events as they were (and found another way to

add this team event), but by bringing this team format to many of the

best venues in the country, the USGA has done a nice job of getting the

new event off to a roaring start. In fact, the USGA accepted 2.234

entries into the inaugural U.S Am Four-Ball championship in 2015. Not

bad for a start-up (2,279 entries this year).






Jupiter Hills signature hole, the par 3 ninth




The Hills Course will play 3,641 yards front/3,612 yards back = 7,253

(par 70), while the Village (which will serve as a stroke-play co-host for

the first two rounds) will play 3,264 yards front/3,364 yards back =

6,630 yards (par 70). The Hills routing normally plays 6,998 yards from

the tips, but an additional 255 yards will be available to the competition

staff to make a few holes even more stout than usual (the ninth pictured

above has a range 108 yards (red tees) to 192 yards (gold tees), but

a secluded tee on the north east side of the property creates a 211 yard

"white knuckler" that will likely turn up the tension in any match. Although

it's team competition and players will have a partner to lean on, the Hills

course will challenge all comers with a brawny 76.6 rating/150 slope for

the Championship.






It had been 12 long years since our last visit to Jupiter Hills, and if anything

was clear after a glorious day on the Hills course (with club President Jeff

Harris, SFPGA Professional Geoff Lofstead and longtime veteran golf scribe

Jeff Babineau), it was the worthiness of George Fazio's grand design that

sits along the same dunes/sand ridge that Donald Ross' famed Seminole

Golf Club shares just a few miles south in Juno Beach.





The view of the driving range and practice green from the clubhouse terrace.

The Par 5-first hole is on the right.





The view of 491 yard first, converted into a par 4 for the championship

(it plays as a 515 yard par 5 for the members  - white tees)



The Four-Ball field of 128 teams (256 players) will play one round of stroke

play on May 19th & May 20th, the low 32 teams will advance to match play.

Five rounds of match play will determine a champion on Wed. May 23rd.

Admission is free to the public and tickets are not required. The USGA and

the Jupiter Hills Club encourage fans to attend.


Future Four-Ball sites include: 2019 Bandon Dunes, 2020 Philadelphia Cricket

Club, and Chambers Bay in 2021.


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