May 8-9, 2021
Seminole Golf Club, Juno Beach, Florida
7,305 yards, Par 72
Captains: Nathaniel Crosby (USA) and Stuart Wilson (GB&I)
Seminole Golf Club
Seminole Golf Club was designed by Donald Ross and constructed in 1929. It opened for play on 1st January 1930.
“In these days of steam shovels and modern improvements, it is possible to do wonderful things on flat, level country. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer to lay out a course on level land. The Seminole course near Palm Beach is an example of what can be done with that type of terrain. I don’t say it is the best I have ever designed. Nevertheless, I like it very much.” – Donald Ross
Subsequent renovation work was undertaken primarily on the fairways, sandy waste areas, greens and green side bunkering by architects Dick Wilson in the 1950s, Brian Silva in the 1990s and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore between 2016-18.
Seminole Golf Club (Photo © Carlos Amoedo)
There are two parallel sand ridges which run north to south across the 140 acre site separated by a number of lakes in the centre of the course. The ridges provide some minor elevation changes to the beach side location and allows some green surrounds to be lifted without looking completely out of place.
With the greens now playing firm and fast Seminole has become a strategic course. Precise approaches can only be played from the correct sides of the fairways and ideally need to be left below the hole on the undulating greens. The course is a challenge off the back tees but requires the wind to blow to really bear it’s teeth.
Golf at Seminole is seasonal with play commencing in late October and ending in mid-May.
Seminole G.C. Scorecard
Despite the course’s outstanding reputation the Club had historically valued its exclusivity and steered well clear of any publicity.
It has hosted the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational for mid and senior amateurs since 1992 and a renowned Pro-Member in early March, featuring many of the world’s best players, was re-instated in 2004.
In 2013 it decided to open the doors a little wider to the outside world. A provisional agreement was reached with the USGA for it to stage the 2021 Walker Cup match, a decision which was formally announced on 15th December 2016.
On 17th May 2020 it made it’s television premiere when it staged the TaylorMade Driving Relief COVID-19 charity match between Rory McIlroy & Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler & Matthew Wolff.
Seminole Routing Plan (© Keith Cutten / cuttengolf.com/shop/)
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