When Cherry Hills opened in the early 1920s, it was a ground-breaking design, with the nation’s first par-5 island green and closing back-to-back par 5s, although in championship play the 18th is played as a par 4. In the 1960 U.S. Open, winner Arnold Palmer popularized the idea of a drivable par 4 by going for the first green in every round. Curiously, when Palmer and partner Ed Seay remodeled Cherry Hills in 1976, they lengthened the first hole so no player could duplicate Arnie’s feat. Nearly 40 years later, modern equipment has once again made the first hole reachable from the tee.
100 Greatest: Ranked in 1969-'70 and since 1973. Highest ranking: No. 21, 2003-'04. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 73.
Best in State: Ranked first, 1985, 1993-2003. Ranked second, 2011-'14. Ranked third, 2015-'22. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.
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