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Another Walker Cup Winner

Word is the USGA will soon announce the site of the 2021 Walker Cup to be Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. This comes as quite a surprise inasmuch as the ultra-exclusive club (where Ben Hogan famously practiced for the Masters) has not opened its doors to the general public, let alone an international television audience, since its vaunted Donald Ross course debuted in 1929. Although generally ranked among the top dozen or so in the U.S., Seminole also has its share of detractors. More than once it has been called “just a good Florida golf course” and, more harshly, “the most overrated course in the world.” At just 6,836 yards from the tips, it will be less than a backbreaker, but it sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and when the breeze kicks up and the greens are fast (as they always are) it’s a full test and a superb match-play venue. The list of recent U.S. Walker Cup hosts couldn’t be more impressive: National Golf Links (2013), Merion (2009), and Chicago Golf Club (2005), not to mention earlier sites including Pine Valley, Cypress Point, Shinnecock, and Winged Foot. And now Seminole joins the equally exclusive Los Angeles Country Club (2017). So what’s next, Augusta National? Don’t hold your breath.

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