Jupiter Hills (Hills) - Florida - USA

Jupiter Hills Club,
1800 S.E. Hills Club Terrace,
Tequesta,
Florida (FL) 33469,
USA


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  • Atilla Kardas

  • George and Tom Fazio

  • Brian Boushie


Comedian Bob Hope, architect George Fazio and motor industrialist William Ford decided that southeast Florida should have an exclusive, private golf club and so Jupiter Hills was born. George and his nephew Tom Fazio designed both 18-hole courses at the Jupiter Hills Club. The Hills layout came first in 1970 and was followed by the Village course in 1978.

The course at Jupiter Hills which scoops the accolades is the Hills courses and it can be stretched out to a whopping 7,344 yards against a measly par of 70. It’s set on some of the highest ground in Florida between the 3,000-mile long Intracoastal Waterway and Jonathan Dickenson State Park.

The Hills is Fazio’s all-time favourite course and one to which he made subtle but regular improvements over time. Even Fazio cannot pick his favourite hole on the Hills course but perhaps the most cunning hole is the par three 11th which has six tees and can be stretched from a little more than 100 yards to around 200 yards. Multiple tees are not unusual, but it’s the varied angles of approach to the long narrow green that make this par three so special.

Elevation change is the most outstanding characteristic of the course, especially given Florida’s pancake flatness. Jupiter Hills is indeed quite hilly with a 60 feet variation between its lowest and highest point. With holes routed across this unusual site between acres of pine, oak and palmetto, it’s no surprise that Jupiter Hills is so well regarded and so fiercely protected by its ultra-exclusive membership.

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Description: With holes routed across this unusually hilly site between acres of pine, oak and palmetto, it’s no surprise that the Hills golf course at Jupiter Hills Club is so well regarded and so fiercely protected by its membership. Rating: 5.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

Though Pete Dye is generally credited with first using the waste area as a hazard—at his 1969 Harbourtown course, another 1969 also makes use of this feature. Half the holes at Jupiter Hills are bordered by firm sandy waste areas that make for a gentle hazard, i.e. they may cost you half a shot, but they won’t ruin your round. There is, however, nothing gentle about the topography. This part of Florida is characterized by the Seminole Ridge, a land feature that appears at Seminole and then again at Palm Beach Country Club. At Jupiter Hills, the ridge is not uniform, rather it includes a number of humps and hollows—a sort of miniaturized version of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. Architect George Fazio used every one of these high spots to site a green and the result is a very un-Floridaesque golf course that plays longer than its yardage. The clubhouse sits on the highest point of land, boasting a view of the ocean. Water, however, is not a common feature, here, though one of the finest holes--# 15—is a lovely Cape hole with a small lake running from tee to green. While Jupiter Hills is a Fazio course (Tom worked on it in his early 20s), it’s primarily the work of his uncle George. George was a pretty good golfer, extending Ben Hogan to a playoff in Hogan’s famous 1950 US Open win at Merion. Fazio had owned a Ford dealership outside Philadelphia and that connected him to William Clay Ford. When Ford decided to build a golf community in Jupiter, he asked Fazio to design it. Fazio had worked at Pine Valley and the 9th is his paean to that course, an uphill par 3 that can extend to over 200 yards of carry over a wasteland of sand and scrub. The line of charm is very much in evidence from the tees at Jupiter Hills, forcing the golfer to think about where to place the tee shot for the optimum angle to the green. And despite the elevated greens, there are plenty of opportunities to play a variety of approach shots. The greens are nicely contoured and putts left above the hole will test the player’s skill and nerve. The routing is a bit convoluted, with long cart rides to half a dozen tees and so there’s not much walking done here, but those were the only faults I found. Jupiter Hills is one of my half dozen favorites in the state, right up with the Streamsongs, Mountain Lake, TPC Sawgrass, Black Diamond Ranch and Seminole.
6 / 6
Jupiter Hills (Hills)
April 03, 2016


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Fast immaculate greens, hills and tradition. The members love golf and most of them are very good single digit players. From some hilltops you can see the ocean, intracoastal and JD state park at the same time. A run in with wild boar and deer would not be uncommon
5 / 6
Jupiter Hills (Hills)
April 28, 2015


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George Fazio (Tom Fazio’s uncle) designed the course in 1970 with Tom’s help. Although it’s called Jupiter Hills and the clubhouse sits on the highest point in the county, most of us who don’t live in Florida wouldn’t call it hilly. It was windy, however, two to three clubs of wind all day, but otherwise pretty nondescript. It’s certainly a good course, but not one that I would hurry back to play again. I shot in the low 90s (the wind was really a challenge). Larry Berle.
4 / 6
Jupiter Hills (Hills)
October 31, 2014


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Keith Baxter
October 31, 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more. 
The Hills course is very highly ranked and rightly so. Everything here from the clubhouse, the service and the course are near to perfect. This is a very classy venue indeed and saved for members, guests or privileged invitees. The opening tee-shot is from an elevated tee with great views to the left of Palm Beach and is in fact a great start to the course - the front nine flows beautifully and every hole is manicured perfectly; to pick stand-out holes is difficult as every one is a delight to play. In saying that the 7th probably just wins the award as my favourite on the first nine; a par-4 with a precise tee shot required through a narrow entrance to the fairway and then dog-legging left to a raised green. As with many Floridian courses there is a lot of water on the course, especially at the fantastic par-3's - but this course really is a step up from any courses that you may play up nearer towards Orlando - this is not friendly holiday golf, this is a club with tradition and is a treat to play. Best hole on the back nine for me is probably the 15th, a par-4 with a tee shot over water and then a tough approach to a raised green to the left (as a comparison this hole is very similar to the 14th at Disney's Osprey Ridge). If you ever get the chance to play Jupiter Hills do take it, as this is a memorable place and oh, the greens are near to the best I have ever played on - but just a little quick for me, I think they ran at 11 on the day I played....Golf at Jupiter Hills is un-forgettable for all of the right reasons.
6 / 6
Jupiter Hills (Hills)
June 05, 2010


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