Jupiter Hills will make Florida golf history this month when it hosts the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship on May 19th-23rd, making it the first course in the state to hold multiple USGA Championships.
Jupiter Hills was created by Hall of Fame architect Tom Fazio, who designed more than 40 courses in Florida. Fazio has 14 courses on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses- more than any other designer alive.
The Jupiter Hills course is different than any other because it is built upon natural hills of a sand ridge that runs all the way up to Vero Beach. There was never a need to bring sand to the course and yet each hole has a 40-50 yard elevation change. “There was a geologic study that showed where Jupiter Hills was built, thousands of years ago the ocean was there,” Fazio said, “That’s why the elevation is so high.”
With a 76.6 USGA score, the course is difficult and a scratch player would find it challenging. The 6th and 15th hole are drivable par-4s that require a good strategy. To the left of the 6th, there's a vast bunker Ben Hogan once called “a water hazard,” which is an example of why finding where not to hit the ball on this course is important too.
“Jupiter Hills is perfect for match play,” Fazio said, “The holes are very unique. And it’s a very strong golf course in relation to par, which also makes for good competition.”
Defending champions of the course are the young Frankie Capan and Ben Wong. Qualifying play for the 4th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be on May 19th and 20th and the match play will be the 21st-23rd. Admission is free if you'd like to go.