It's pretty much an undisputed fact that Florida is the leader in golf in the U.S., but one major honor that has somehow eluded the state all these years is the fact it has never hosted a U.S. Open.
Links Magazine, a major, well-respected golf publication, would like to change that. It suggested two Florida courses it would like to see host an Open, the TPC Sawgrass and the Concession Golf Club.
Of course, I have several other suggestions - Doral, the Copperhead at Innisbrook and PGA National are just a few that come to mind - but still, the magazine's suggestions are quite an honor. I've played both courses and covered major golf championships all over the country, and can say without reservation all of these Florida courses could easily host the U.S. Open. And should.
Links pointed out the Concession's high risk/reward holes could provide a stern test for the game's top pros, and praised its subterranean, wireless, climate control system that keeps the greens fast during the summer months, a necessity for a U.S. Open.
And, of course, the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass already hosts what is generally regarded as the fifth major, THE PLAYERS Championship.
The magazine also praises other areas of Florida golf. It lists Crandon Golf among its top 25 municipal courses, for example. "It is extremely rare to find a course of this caliber so close to the downtown area of a major U.S. city," the magazine says. It also puts North Palm Beach on the list, the course Jack Nicklaus designed for a dollar.
Jupiter/North Palm Beach makes the magazine's list of top-10 golf neighborhoods, with its mix of modern and classic designs, and includes Palm Beach in its list of top golf cities.
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