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Ultra Exclusive Pine Valley Opens to Public

More often than not, Pine Valley is rated the No. 1 golf course in the world.
One of the most intriguing and private golf courses in the world will open its doors to the public this week when the annual Crump Cup is played in the US state of New Jersey.

Pine Valley is consistently regarded as one of the best handful of courses on the planet and boasts a history as interesting as the layout itself.

Officially titled the George Arthur Crump Memorial Tournament, the Crump Cup brings together a selection of the world’s best amateur players in a celebration of the course designer and club founder.

While the field is elite, it predominantly features career amateurs rather than those from the college ranks to be found at the US and British Amateurs, though there is no set criteria for invitation.

The defending champion is Augusta National member Jeff Knox, a regular at the Masters each year when he is called upon to play as a non-competing marker if an uneven number of players make the cut.

Two days of stroke play qualifying are followed by four days of matchplay with the public granted entry on the final day to spectate.

Pine Valley has never hosted a professional event but has staged the Walker Cup - amateur golf's version of the Ryder Cup - in 1936 and 1985 (pictured above).

It is the only day of the year that members of the public are allowed on the course and always brings a host of golf course architecture aficionados from around the country eager to explore the property.

This year’s event will end Sunday, September 24 and there is likely to be a healthy contingent of spectators on hand.

George Crump was an intriguing figure in the game’s history, a noted player in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas and a wealthy hotelier.

He became a near recluse shortly after his wife died, moving to the Pine Valley property full-time and taking up residence in a small bungalow as he obsessed over the design and building of the course.

With input from several of the era's most famed golf architects, the tragedy of Pine Valley is that Crump never got to see the finished course.

He died in 1918, many believe at his own hand, with holes 12-15 yet to be completed.


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