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Jupiter Hills Club Set to Host U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

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 (OlympicWinged Foot and Pinehurst) that have all hosted multiple U.S Opens over the last century.

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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).
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jupiter hills signature hole
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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.
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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 23rdAdmission 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.

For more info on the U.S Amateur Four-Ball Championship: http://www.usga.org/championships/2017/u-s–amateur-four-ball.html

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Jason  Bruno
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