Exclusive: Seminole Golf Club to host 2021 Walker Cup
By Tim Rosaforte
What makes the impending announcement of the 2021 Walker Cup site so intriguing is the host is going to be one of the hidden treasures in golf, Seminole GC.
In what represents a dramatic departure from the club's history, Golf World has learned the Donald Ross designed landmark along the Atlantic Ocean in Juno Beach, Fla., will host its first competition open to the public since its inception in 1929.
The driving force behind this initiative was club president Jimmy Dunne, a 57-year-old New Yorker who saw how well Long Island's National GL showed during the Walker Cup in September and sold the concept not only to his board, but also the USGA, in less than two months.
In terms of playability, Seminole is considered as timeless now as when Ben Hogan practiced in preparation for the Masters 60 years ago. At 6,836 yards from the tips, it appears short for some of the young bombers representing the United States or Great Britain & Ireland in the biennial matches. But if the club's one-day Pro- Member is an indication, Seminole's legendary greens and frequent two-club winds will provide enough defense (Rickie Fowler's 65 was the low score).
USGA spokesman Joe Goode declined to comment on any plans for Seminole.
The next three Walker Cup sites are Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2015, Los Angeles Country Club in 2017, and Royal Liverpool in 2019.