Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)



Camargo Club

Cincinnati, OH Private

Overview

One of Seth Raynor’s last designs, it wasn’t completed until nearly a year after his 1926 death. William Jackson, who later became the club’s pro and superintendent, handled the construction and was faithful to Raynor’s diagrams with two exceptions: he turned the 16th into a par 4 and the 17th into a par 5. Robert von Hagge added flashy but incongruous bunkering in the early 1960s. They lasted over 20 years, until Tom Doak undertook a restoration in the Raynor style of geometric-shaped bunkers and greens. Curiously, the Biarritz green at the par-3 eighth has never been mowed as the 60-yard-long putting surface found on other Biarritz holes built by Raynor or his mentor C.B. Macdonald. Club officials insisted early aerial photos confirm the front half of the green was always mown at fairway height, so they continue that tradition today. Don Placek of Renaissance Golf has recently completed further renovation enhancements, including adding six acres of restored fairway to better help define the scale of the property and extending the back left section of the Road green at 17 (as well as reintroducing a second "Road" bunker beyond the first) to reclaim its original prodigious 15,000 square feet.

About

Holes 18
Length 6659
Slope 130
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1925
Designer Seth Raynor & Charles Banks/(R) Tom Doak & Don Placek

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked in 1966, from 1991-2008, & since 2015.
2023-'24 ranking: 47th.
Highest ranking:
42nd, 2021-2022.

Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in Ohio from 1991-1993, 2005-2007, & since 2011; Top 10 from 1987-1989, 1995-2003, & 2009.
2023-'24 ranking: 3rd.

Panelists

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

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.8069
Character
8.0735
Challenge
7.4467
Layout Variety
7.8391
Fun
7.8724
Aesthetics
7.6631
Conditioning
7.8064

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