Friday, July 23, 2010

The Junior PGA Heads to Sycamore Hills

The 35th Junior PGA Championship will take place August 2-5, 2010, right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. We wanted to get the inside scoop on this event and on Sycamore Hills, so they appear on the front page of today's Emphasis magazine inside the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly - be sure to check it out! In honor of Sycamore Hills, here's a teaser with a little bit of history for you...

Sycamore Hills Golf Club was founded in July 1987. The golf course officially opened on July 2, 1989. The former estate of a prominent Fort Wayne family served as a great foundation for what is becoming one of the finest golf clubs in the country. Combining a great piece of property featuring mature trees, gentle hills and the Aboite River with the outstanding design ability of Jack Nicklaus has provided something that is truly a masterpiece.

Sycamore Hills has achieved a reputation for design and quality, both locally and nationally. Golf Digest voted Sycamore Hills the second-best new private course in the United States, the top golf course in Indiana in 1991 and one of "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses" for 2007-2008 and 2009-2010.

Sycamore Hills is one of those courses that will outlast us all, and in the end be a tribute to Jack Nicklaus, everyone involved in its conception and its membership. The club has hosted numerous qualifiers for USGA amateur championships as well as three Indiana State Amateur Championships. The Indiana State Senior Amateur, the Men's City Tournament, the Senior Men's City Tournament, the Sycamore Hills Mid-Amateur Invitational, the State PGA Team Championship, the State PGA Section Championship and the Mid-West Collegiate Tournament are among the many elite events that have been contested at Sycamore Hills. Sycamore Hills was also chosen to host the 2009 USGA Women's State Team Championship, and now... the 2010 Junior PGA Championship. 

There's no more appropriate way to wrap up than by sharing what Jack Nicklaus himself had to say about the course:
"In my opinion, Sycamore Hills is one of the finest sites we've ever had the opportunity on which to design a golf course. I know Jim Kelley says that I tell all the owners that, but Sycamore Hills truly is a very, very fine site. It has gorgeous trees, great movement of property, and it had some existing lakes that really functioned quite well. The site had a little river moving though the property which really afforded a lot of opportunities to create different shots. We had the opportunity to create a very diverse set of holes for Sycamore Hills, and the course should be considered as one of the finest golf courses in the United States, as time goes on."

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