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The Concession Golf Course – Lakewood Ranch, Florida, USA

Since opening in 2006, the Concession Golf Course has racked up an impressive number of golfing accolades in both the US and from across the globe. Originally conceived to commemorate one of the 20th century’s most remarkable acts of sportsmanship, the Concession, was co-designed by the seminal moment’s two key protagonists, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin CBE.
The 1969 Ryder Cup was incredibly closely fought. On the final hole Nicklaus conceded a putt to Jacklin and in the process rendered the contest a draw – the first in Ryder Cup history. This dramatic gesture immediately entered sporting folklore and inspired the pair’s design and construction of this wonderful Floridian course over 30 years later, when they first set out to find the perfect piece of land for Championship golf. And they found just that.
Set among the breath-taking natural beauty of native oak, magnolia and pine, the Concession offers unique golfing challenges and panoramic vistas at every turn. It is characterised by Jacklin and Nicklaus’ priceless attention to detail and is one of the most scenic courses you will find. There are no parallel fairways, so each hole is subject to varying wind conditions, and dotted with tranquil water features, it is an unadulterated golf experience and a wonderful escape from the busy outside world.

So unique is the 7474 yard Concession that it is one of the only golf courses in the US to have the highest possible slope rating from its Championship tees but, for those not quite ready for that level of difficulty, it offers five alternative sets of tee boxes. Tony and Jack got the balance just right and gave this course an excellent challenge commensurate with the experience and skill of every player. The practice area is one of the world’s largest, with a 10,000 square foot putting green and a 14,000 square foot chipping green alongside a dual-ended driving range.

Named the Best New Private Golf Course of 2006 by Golf Digest, the Concession offers a wonderful combination of sporting challenge, epic landscaping and changing conditions and, accompanied by those exemplary practice facilities, is one of the most complete and engaging golf courses ever built.