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Mar162015

2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Going To Jupiter Hills

Another strong venue for the USGA's new Four-Ball championship, as the exclusive George and Tom Fazio-designed Jupiter Hills will host in 2018.

That is preceded by Olympic Club, Winged Foot and Pinehurst. For Immediate Release:

USGA ANNOUNCES JUPITER HILLS CLUB AS HOST OF 2018 U.S. AMATEUR FOUR-BALL

Club awarded its second USGA championship, having hosted 1987 U.S. Amateur

FAR HILLS, N.J. (March 16, 2015) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced Jupiter Hills Club, in Tequesta, Fla., as the host site for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. This will be the second USGA championship held at Jupiter Hills Club. The dates of the championship are May 19-23.

“The USGA is pleased to return to Jupiter Hills Club with the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The USGA is committed to supporting and advancing amateur competition, and we know the club will provide a comprehensive test for the players. The more than 2,000 entries we received for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball have proven this will be a widely popular championship.”

The inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be contested May 2-6, 2015, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

Jupiter Hills Club’s Hills Course will be used for both stroke-play qualifying and the match-play portion of the 2018 championship. The course was designed by George Fazio and opened for play in 1970. Fazio, who had three top-five finishes in the U.S. Open, including a playoff loss to Ben Hogan in 1950 at Merion Golf Club, partnered with William Clay Ford Sr., comedian and actor Bob Hope and William Elliott to purchase the land where the course was built in the late 1960s. Tom Fazio, George’s nephew, renovated the Hills Course in 2006.

The Hills Course hosted the 1987 U.S. Amateur Championship, won by Billy Mayfair, 4 and 3, over Eric Rebmann. Mayfair became the first player to win the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links titles, having won the 1986 APL. Rebmann defeated Steve Stricker and five-time USGA champion Jay Sigel en route to the championship final.

Jupiter Hills Club served as a host site for U.S. Open sectional qualifying in 2007 and 2008. The club also hosted the Florida State Amateur in 2008 and 2013.

“Jupiter Hills once again welcomes the world of amateur golf to our club as we prepare to host the fourth U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2018,” said Allen Haldeman, club president. “We are proud of our many ties to the USGA, including hosting the 1987 U.S. Amateur. We look forward to providing Amateur Four-Ball competitors and spectators with a memorable experience.”

Jupiter Hills’ Village Course will serve as the companion course for stroke-play qualifying. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course opened for play in 1982. Fazio renovated the course in 1999.

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Reader Comments (13)

Awesome course and club. Congrats to the good folks at Jupiter Hills!
03.16.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Jupiter, what is the name of the golf club that is actually on Jupiter Island on the far northside of the island, and is it an 18-hole course?
03.16.2015 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
"Well how about that...." Bob Hope was one of the founders of Jupiter Hills.
03.16.2015 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
@ ol Harv - That would be Jupiter Island Golf Club. http://www.jupiterislandclub.com

Not much out there on this exclusive enclave (but it does have 18 holes). Here's an old article from 20 years ago....I wonder how it all turned out (the founding family wanted a buyout of $60M):

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-02-12/business/9502100140_1_nathaniel-reed-club-members-jupiter-island

This follow up states that the founding family sold out in 1996 for $23M:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/entertainment/permelias-island-sons-book-offers-look-at-exclusiv/nMRSC/#__federated=1
03.17.2015 | Unregistered CommenterLA John
ol Harv... LA John is correct with the above info. It's a decent course but no where near the quality of many of the others here in the northern Palm Beach County area; although that course is actually across the line in Martin County. Both Jupiter Hills courses are far superior, as is Medalist, Bears Club, of course Seminole, Old Palm, Old Marsh, etc, etc.

We're very fortunate to have great golf in the area. The only problewm is knowing someone that can get on to the exclusive ones or be willing to pay a bunch to get involved in a tournament of sorts.
03.17.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
@Jupiter - You hit the nail on the head for me when I visit the in-laws in Jupiter. They aren't golfers, and there really are a small number of public access fee courses nearby that don't require a 30 minute drive.
03.17.2015 | Unregistered CommenterLA John
You are correct.
03.17.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
And what about the par 3 track that is supposed to be so good, on the ocean, in Palm Beach area? How hard is access there in the Winter? Price?
03.17.2015 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@ ol Harv - Palm Beach Par 3 (http://www.golfontheocean.com) looks great. It's about 20 miles south of Jupiter, so I haven't had a chance to get down there, yet. My usual routine is red eye into town, and play the Jupiter Dunes par 3 in the afternoon while the family naps, and hit the pool with everybody before a sundowner. Since I'm at the beck and call of my hosts in terms of transportation, I don't get far afield from town, and have played the two closest 18's, only.
03.17.2015 | Unregistered CommenterLA John
LA John - you're all over this. And correct again. Curious what courses you've played in the area? Reasonably close decent public courses are North Palm CC, Champion's Club @ Summerfield (just north in Martin County), Jack has a course just off of I-95 in Martin County = Hammock Creek (my wife loves it but it's just ok for me), also in Martin County = The FLorida Club (again decent not great), and again in Martin County Lost Lake. Further to the north is PGA Golf Village with 3 courses and all pretty good, and 30 minutes or so south is newly remodeled West Palm Beach CC (decent but not great) and Madison Green (decent with always fast greens).

Lot's of great summer play even on normally private courses. During the winter season it can be tough to get on the better ones.

ol Harv- I always enjoy reading your posts. Sorry that I haven't been able to beat LA John on answering your querries but he's spot on.
03.18.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Guys, seem to be in or around the Palm Beach area at least once a year in the winter and know it's expensive then. I've heard a lot about the Palm Beach Par 3 and have wanted to give it a shot but didn't know how crowded it was at that time. The land it's on, overlooking the ocean, has to be worth a ton but I've been told the guy who left the land to the town required it to remain a golf course. Don't know if that's true. Thanks for the info.
03.18.2015 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@Jupiter - my in laws have a house in the Abacoa development, so I've played The Golf Club of Jupiter and Abacoa.
03.19.2015 | Unregistered CommenterLA John
And yes I forgot ABACOA. It's a decent course too. You might be able to get a round in on Jupiter Countrry Club (Greg Norman design) out by the turnpike on Indiantown Rd if you tell them you're interested in a membership. I understand that they're struggling a little right now and are eager to show folks the course. Good luck.
03.19.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter

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