Pete Dye and his son P.B. did the early routing of Secession, but when they left in a dispute with the developer, Bruce Devlin, a PGA Tour veteran who’d previously designed courses with Robert von Hagge, stepped in and finished something much in keeping with the then-prevailing Dye philosophy of low profile architecture. Greens were set at ground grade, protected by low humps and pot bunkers with vertical stacked-sod faces. Still, Devlin invariably left open the fronts of greens for running approach shots. The site itself is a peninsula in marsh, with several holes on individual islands. Secession demands a complete game, both aerial and ground, particularly in steady ocean breezes.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 159th.
Previous ranking: 164th.
Highest ranking: 150th, 2013-'14.
Best in State: Ranked fifth, 2023-'24. Ranked seventh, 2021-'22.
2023-'24 ranking: 5th.