2013-14 Ranking: America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses
Golf Digest’s recent release of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses featured 6 IJGT host venues – yet another way that IJGT provides Top Venues in its incredible lineup!
Check out the host venues that are in the top 100 below. Which of the other courses on that list would you like to see host an IJGT Event in the future?
On the opposite coast from Pacific Dunes and far different. Some might call The Ocean Course a links, but water comes into play with annoying frequency and only some of the greens accept low, running approach shots, on Paspalum turf that is not conducive to bump-and-run. The Ocean Course is simply another example of the ingenuity and versatility of designer Pete Dye. Anyone who finds a resemblance to Dye’s Whistling Straits in this course is pulling your leg.
When TPC Sawgrass first opened, most tour pros hated it. (Remember Jack Nicklaus’s description of those original greens? Like hitting a 5-iron onto the hood of a Volkswagen, he said.) So Pete Dye ripped up 10 greens to make them fairer. No need for average players to dread this fantasy come to life. Dye insists he designed the course so high handicappers can shoot their handicap if they’ll simply use the appropriate tees and tack their way around the course, ignoring the heroic carries where real disaster awaits.
The 16th at Harbour Town has contributed a term to golf. Back when Pete Dye was building the course, he was asked to dispose of a huge quantity of sewer sludge from housing developments on Hilton Head, so he dug a big pit to the left of the par-4 16th, had it dumped in there, then covered it with acres of sand. The late golf writer Charlie Price, who lived on the island, took one look at it and dubbed it a “waste bunker.” Actually, that’s the sanitized version of what he called it. But “waste bunker” is the term that stuck.
Mystic Rock is one of the more curious courses Pete Dye ever designed, with mostly oval greens and rectangular bunkers. Because many holes were blasted from rock, some holes have fields of boulders in the rough and all water hazards are bulkheaded with stacked stone. The course concludes with Dye’s favorite finish, a gambling par-5 16th, a 17th over water (in this case, 205 yards over water) and a now-strong par-4 18th. Mystic Rock’s 18th was rebuilt and lengthened before the course first hosted a PGA Tour event, the 84 Lumber Classic from 2003 to 2006.
Another great course built from a farm, this one the old Blenheim Farm that had been the home of many thoroughbred race horses. Indeed, Bulle Rock is named for a direct descendant of the very first thoroughbred stud brought to America. Dye’s bold design spreads over 275 acres, with no homesites or amenities other than golf. Besides being named America’s Best New Upscale Public Course of 1998, Bulle Rock hosted the LPGA Championship from 2005 through 2009.
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