Secession Golf Club a Good Course for Qualifying


MINNEOLA, Fla. – In many ways, qualifying for the U.S. Open is just like every other event a professional will play. It all comes down to location, location, location.
John Maginnes, former Tour player turned radio/TV analyst, paid his $150 for a shot at local qualifying, but instead of picking a qualifier closer to his North Carolina castle he signed up to play at Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, S.C., because he’d heard so many good things about the Bruce Devlin design.
The first-time qualifier at central Florida’s Sugarloaf Mountain Golf Club also drew extra interest this year thanks to boffo word-of-mouth reviews.
The Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design is carved from a bluff overlooking Lake Apopka and, thanks to a sandy soil base, about the only course in the area that could still be playable following three days of non-stop rain, which has totaled more than 13 inches in three days.
“I’d heard it was a good, hilly course and it really was,” said Carlos Miguel Fabregas, among the early leaders at Thursday’s qualifier after a 68. “It was fun.”
Not sure the young lad will have same take on Bethpage Black if he makes it through the next round of qualifying.