LPGA pros wary of Grand Cypress greens


ORLANDO, Fla. – The Grand Cypress Golf Club greens quickly captured the attention of players at the LPGA Tour Championship this week.

“Silly,” Brittany Lincicome said. “A great layout, but the greens are really silly.”

Silly tough, thanks to the Jack Nicklaus-designed green complexes.

With some severe undulations, the firmness and speed of the greens will require that contenders be skilled at getting up and down from awkward spots after balls slide off them.

“Or be really good at making 10-footers for pars,” Lincicome said.

The 18 holes are a combination of the Nicklaus-designed North and South courses at Grand Cypress.

Paula Creamer was asked to compare the greens to the devilish putting surfaces at Oakmont, where she won the U.S. Women’s Open this summer.

“It’s a lot like that, but they’re not as fast,” Creamer said. “At Oakmont, you’re lagging so much. From 10, 15 feet, you’re lagging. Here, you can still be aggressive, in some parts, even though you are applying three or four feet of break.”