The Concession Golf Club is set in a 1,200-acre private community on Florida’s Gulf Coast south of Tampa. The Jack Nicklaus “Signature” course was designed in collaboration with Tony Jacklin and was inspired by the moment that has been referred to as the “greatest single sporting gesture ever”.
On the 18th hole of the final match of the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale, Jack Nicklaus holed his four-foot putt for par. With the matches tied, Nicklaus stunned the world of golf by conceding a tricky two-footer to Tony Jacklin. It resulted in the first tie in the history of the Ryder Cup and the act has been known simply as “The Concession” ever since.
The Concession Golf Club is a monument to that exemplary act. “I want the clubhouse full of memorabilia and pictures and reports of the great Ryder Cup games and epics. We want to epitomize the game and the values we love.” Said Tony Jacklin.
Naturally you’ll need to befriend a member to experience the Concession, or perhaps you might want to buy one of the up-market properties on the estate. Ah well, we can all dream.
A question remains: Would you have given Tony Jacklin that putt?
Really one of the best conditioned and hardest golf courses one could ever play. From the clubhouse to the course, everything is top notch. As many have said, this is a difficult course and there are really no "breather" holes of consequence. Many green complexes have more than 5 "plateaus" which means a difficult putting day if you are on the wrong plane/plateau. The course also has almost hole you could want, short, drivable par 4, a couple of risk/reward Par 5s and an extremely fair, memorable and difficult finishing hole. They also just opened a Par 3 course (holes modeled after famous courses like Riviera and TPC Sawgrass) and putting complex similar to Ballyneal.