Honorable Mention to Host U.S. Open

Golf Magazine Gives Purgatory an Honorable Mention for U.S. Open

In the June 2002 issue of Golf Magazine, they gave Purgatory an Honorable Mention as a candidate to host the U.S. Open. We were thrilled, since the other candidates listed were quite prestigious.

“ . . . There are plenty of worthy candidates out there. The public courses described below all have golf courses strong enough to host the national championship, should they decide to apply for “entry” (it’s generally up to the courses to make the first move, thought the Bethpage Open was the USGA’s idea.)

The article then goes on to list the following courses:

  • Torrey Pines (South Course)
  • Lost Canyons
  • Spyglass Hill Golf Course
  • Sunriver Resort, Crosswater Club
  • Whistling Straits
  • Cog Hill No. 4 (Dubsdread)
  • The Legends at Capitol Hill (The Judge)
  • The Tradition at Royal New Kent
  • Bulle Rock (South Course)
  • The Dunes
  • Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean Course)
  • Concord Resort (Monster)

Honorable Mention, in order, were:

  • Sandpiper Golf Course
  • PGA West (TPC Stadium Course)
  • Purgatory Golf Club
  • Karsten Creek
  • Longaberger Golf Club
  • Arcadia Bluffs

They went on to say this about Purgatory:

“This 7,754-yard course is dotted with more than 130 gaping sand pits filled with crushed white brimstone. Make that lime-stone. Category: Mid-range daily-fee; $65.”

Beyond Bethpage, Taking the Open to public venues is a worthy goal–and there are plenty of worthy candidates; Golf Magazine, June 2002

We appreciated the compliment!

This same issue also covered Purgatory in an article that discussed golf in the Indianapolis area. Link to Indy Tracks; Golf Magazine, June 2002