Jupiter Hills Club, located in Tequesta, Florida, has been selected as the host venue for two significant USGA (United States Golf Association) championships: the 2027 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2032 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. This announcement marks the club’s third and fourth occasions hosting USGA championships.
The USGA expressed its excitement to return to Jupiter Hills Club, emphasizing the club’s unwavering support for amateur competition. Mark Hill, USGA Managing Director of Championships, stated:
We believe that Jupiter Hills Club’s courses will provide a formidable challenge for the world’s best male and female mid-amateurs, and we anticipate a warm welcome from the South Florida community for these two prestigious championships.
Jupiter Hills Club’s Hills Course will be utilized for both stroke-play qualifying rounds and the subsequent match-play stages of the 2027 U.S. Mid-Amateur, as well as the entire 2032 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. Designed by George Fazio and established in 1970, the Hills Course rests atop Seminole Ridge, a natural sand ridge rising 60 feet above the venue. In 2006 and 2020, Tom Fazio, George’s nephew, carried out renovations on the course alongside his son, Logan.
Club President Michael Ruane expressed his pride and gratitude for the ongoing relationship with the USGA and the opportunity to host these exceptional amateur championships. Ruane highlighted the club’s commitment to honoring the amateur game, expecting the elite field of players to face rigorous challenges during the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2027 and the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2032. Notably, the winners of these championships will earn exemptions into the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, respectively.
Jupiter Hills Club’s Village Course will co-host the stroke-play rounds of the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1982, the course underwent renovations in 1999. The club has previously hosted various prestigious golf events, including the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the 2008 and 2013 Florida State Amateurs, and U.S. Open final qualifying rounds in 2007, 2008, and 2017.
The selection of Jupiter Hills Club for the 2027 U.S. Mid-Amateur and 2032 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur championships solidifies Florida’s status as a favored destination for USGA championships, with a total of 24 championships having been contested in the state thus far.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur, which first took place in 1981, welcomes amateur golfers aged 25 and older with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. The champion of this event earns an exemption into the subsequent year’s U.S. Open. The field consists of 264 players, who initially compete in two rounds of stroke play, after which the top 64 scorers advance to the match-play stage.
Similarly, the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, inaugurated in 1987, is open to female amateurs aged 25 and older with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4. The championship features a field of 132 players who participate in two rounds of stroke play, followed by the selection of the top 64 scorers to advance to match play. The winner is awarded an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
The upcoming championships at Jupiter Hills Club promise to showcase exceptional talent and fierce competition among some of the best amateur golfers in the world. Golf enthusiasts and the South Florida community eagerly await the opportunity to witness the thrill and excellence that these championships will undoubtedly deliver.
The club’s Hills Course, which will be the focal point of the upcoming USGA championships, is a testament to outstanding design and craftsmanship. Created by George Fazio, a prominent golf course architect, the Hills Course opened for play in 1970.
Fazio, who had a successful playing career himself, including notable performances in the U.S. Open, collaborated with esteemed individuals such as auto industrialist William Clay Ford Sr., comedian and actor Bob Hope, and William Elliott to acquire the land and bring the course to life in the late 1960s.
Over the years, the Hills Course has undergone meticulous renovations to enhance its playability and maintain its world-class status. In 2006, Tom Fazio, George’s nephew and an acclaimed golf course architect in his own right, embarked on a renovation project to further refine the course. The recent renovation in 2020, carried out by Tom Fazio alongside his son, Logan, ensures that the Hills Course continues to offer a challenging and enjoyable golfing experience.
About Jupiter Hills Club
Located atop Seminole Ridge, the Hills Course gives golfers with stunning panoramic views and a unique natural landscape. The 60-foot sand ridge gracefully meanders through the course, adding both beauty and strategic elements to the golfing challenge. Players will encounter rolling fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and undulating greens, requiring precision and skill to navigate successfully.
Jupiter Hills Club’s commitment to providing exceptional golf extends beyond the Hills Course. The club’s Village Course also offers an equally captivating golfing experience. Opened in 1982 and renovated in 1999, the Village Course complements its sister course with its own distinctive character and set of challenges.