Just enough rain and some outstanding maintenance work will have the two courses at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, Fla., playing to near perfection for this weekend’s Florida Open. The 54-hole tournament, which dates back to 1942, begins July 12 on Hammock Dunes’ Links and Creek courses.
The event, whose past champions include Bob Murphy and Gary Koch, continues July 13 with play on each course and concludes July 14 on the Rees Jones-designed Creek Course.
“Players have commented about how good the conditions have been during the practice rounds,’’ said Hammock Dunes Director of Golf Brad Myers.
The greens on each course, Myers said, could roll as fast as 13 on the Stimpmeter, and the rough, particularly on the Creek Course, is as high and two-and-half inches.
“You really can’t get Bermudagrass much higher,’’ Myers said. “And the bunkers are in really good, consistent shape.’’
The Creek Course, consistently rated as one the tougher courses in Florida, will play 7,010 yards (par 72). The Links Course, club’s original course designed by Tom Fazio, will play as along a 6,840 yards (par 72).
Two Hammock Dunes Club members – Bob Campione and Blake Marshall – will play in the tournament, along with defending champion Gabriel Lench, who won the 2018 Florida Open on the famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. In addition, University of Florida Men’s Head Coach J.C. Deacon and current player Blake Dyer are in the field.
Photo Credit: Hammock Dunes Club