the first island green

The 2022 Players Championship gets underway this week and, as usual, that 17th hole will get a lot of air time as big-time golfers take aim at a green almost entirely surrounded by water, thank you very much Alice and Pete. But, it wasn’t the first island green. That distinction goes to another, the 9th hole at the Ponte Vedra Beach Inn and Club, designed by Herbert Strong, shown at right.

John Fischer wrote about the earlier green for an article in the March 2015 Bulletin. Some images of the Ponte Vedra hole from Fischer’s collection are shown below.