Pensacola is not the most famous golf vacation destination in Florida, considering there are more than a thousand courses all over the Sunshine State, but Pensacola stands out for one thing: it is home to the only Florida Golf Course to have hosted the US Open. The Scenic Hills Country Club hosted the 1969 US Women’s Open – the only Florida golf course TO DATE to have done so. It was prestigious back then, it is not any less better today.
Apart from the US Open gig, the Scenic Hills Country Club is also a standout among Florida courses for a number of things. For one, it bears some very dramatic elevation changes that are mostly unheard of in this flat side of the golfing country. The fairways are lined with trees, and water plays on six of the 18 holes but there are no forced carries to hurdle. This makes playing here truly fun and enjoyable; golfers are saved from the heartbreak. From too much heartbreak, that is. This course naturally does not go without challenge. The well bunkered greens will take care of that. Golf vacations here will certainly be memorably fun and challenging; holes 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 and 18 will be forever remembered.
The course measures 6,689 yards from the longest tees, par 71. It opened in 1959 and was redesigned by the legendary champion Jerry Pate in 1992. This is one of those courses that is a wonderful mix of natural beauty and human genius; one not overlapping the other. Sure, Pensacola could all too easily be overshadowed by the likes of Destin and Fort Walton Beach. But the Scenic Hills Country Club will surely make detours to Pensacola irresistible for Florida golf trips.