Hammock Dunes Club Set to Host the 73rd Florida Open PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

First held in 1942, the Florida Open is the Sunshine State's most prestigious

golf event held each year by the Florida State Golf Association (otherwise

known as the FSGA). Past champions include Bob Murphy, Bruce Fleisher,

Gary Koch, Charlie Owens, John Huston, Dudley Hart and Bart Bryant.

 

The 2019 edition will be hosted for the first time by Hammock Dunes

Club, which is located 30 miles south of St.Augustine in perhaps our

favorite least known coastal town in America - Palm Coast. The 660

member private club consists of two distinctively different types of course

layouts. Tom Fazio's Links design (renovated in 2016) is a seaside driver

friendly second-shot design that will allow for good scoring if the coastal

winds decide to behave.

 

 

The Rees Jones Creek course is an inland site, nearly 5 miles from the

Links clubhouse, and is known as a ball strikers exam of the highest order.

Surrounded by nearly 700 acres of undisturbed conservation area, the

Creek layout traverses its way past abundant marsh and wetland views

that dominate the landscape where wildlife is a visible fixture within its

surroundings. However, its beauty shouldn't distract from the execution

that's required to score on the Creek Course.

 

The 54 hole stroke play competition will consist of a round on each venue,

once the 36 hole cut is made, the remaining competitors will compete in the

final round on the Creek Course. The total purse is $100,000, with first place

estimated to be $15,000. Each course will be set up at approximately 7,000

yards.

 

Standouts to watch out for in this year's field Defending Champion Gabriel Lench,

2011 champion Rod Perry and current New Hampshire State Open Champion from

Royal palm Beach, Florida Michael Kartrude.

 

*The 40,000+ sq. ft. Oceanfront Links Clubhouse is currently enjoying a $7.2

million renovation and expansion. Spectators are welcome to attend the event

and there is no admission charge.

 

To learn more about the Hammock Dunes Club: www.hammockdunesclub.com