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Hamilton Golf & Country Club



John's Island Club: West Course

Sebastian, FL Private

Overview

John's Island West was one of the last courses Tom Fazio and his associates completed as they were getting into the thick of building Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. In that regard, the course fittingly marks an end to an early Fazio phase, one before it became increasingly clear to him that, for the skills of he and his staff to be maximized, the project's budget and ambition were more critical than having strong natural assets to work with. John's Island, like Jupiter Hills an hour south, did have strong natural assets, namely a series of sand ridges, some up to 50 feet high, that were used to prop up a number of greens and tees. This provided attractive views, tough targets, and much needed relief amid a site thick with dense undergrowth. Several lakes were excavated for added fill and the surfaces of the course were cut and molded with sandy finger-like transition areas and bunkers, but the overall feel of the course is calm and not engineered. It's a wonderful snapshot of a creative use of existing land, one burnished further by Fazio's 2022 renovation.

About

Holes 18
Length 6822
Slope 143
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1988
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked inside the top 10, 1991, 2003, 2007-'09. Ranked 11th, 2011-'12. Ranked 12th, 2013-'14. Ranked inside the top 15, 1995, 1999, 2005. Ranked 18th, 2021-'22. Ranked 19th, 2019-'20. Ranked 20th, 2015-'16. Ranked inside the top 20, 1993, 2001. Ranked 22nd, 2017-'18. Ranked inside the top 25, 1997.

Current ranking: 15th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.2342
Character
7.1944
Challenge
7.2203
Layout Variety
7.2436
Fun
7.1347
Aesthetics
7.292
Conditioning
7.2073

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