A straight forward opening hole. The ideal placement of the tee shot is between the fairway ledge right and the target bunkers left. From the forward tees, however, the player is confronted with a choice: a shorter carryover the lake left of the pine leaving a longer approach; or the longer carry to the right of the pine leaving a much shorter approach to the small two-tiered green. Good Luck!
A short par – 4, reachable for the long hitter. The shortest distance between two points is still a straight line, so try to work the ball as close to the toe of the large mound separating hole #2 from hole #1. Beware the bunker guarding the left side of the green. Shorter hitters may opt to drive right for a more advantageous approach.
Plenty of room to hit the driver here but the long hitters should be aware of the lake right of the fairway short of the green. The best approach is to favor the left side and let the grade of the fairway kick the ball back down toward the green for a simple second shot.
The shortest hole on the course. The premium here is accuracy but don’t worry about being long. The large wrap-around bunker protects you from going through the green into the beautiful (but deadly) wetland. Go for the pin!
Perhaps one or two clubs longer (depending on tee markers, pin location and wind) than the previous hole. The two deep bunkers in front offer a formidable challenge for the player who comes up short here. The grassy depressions left of the green can pose some tricky pitch shot predicaments depending on the pin location. Best advice … Knock it on!
The good drive here is one that avoids the target bunker left and the lake right, then the real fun begins. The green slopes front to rear so the high shot will have to be played well short of the hole. A run-up shot or one that hits and skips might be more appropriate. The mounds short of the green to the right will help the run-up shot artist as they will tend to kick down onto the putting surface.
At less than 150 yards, seven’s huge green makes an inviting target. However, the problem is not hitting the green as much as making sure your shot is on the same level as the pin. The five-foot steep slope that runs through the green is rivaled only by some of the greens at Augusta National in severity and will pose some interesting putting possibilities.
If you thought seven’s green was big, eight is bigger. Primarily because it shares the same surface with sixteen. There is some room to miss this huge green to the right or even to run the ball to the front, but the best tactic is to take it right at the stick with a little fade.
A par-3 on the course presents a definite birdie opportunity to the straight hitter. After the tee shot, large trees create a funnel effect just short of the green. Hit it straight, then straight again.
A wide open fairway with a reachable large green. Two large mounds protect the green however, a big draw just might get home. Shorter hitters should play their tee shot to the right for the most advantageous approach to the green.
A very tight par-3 with a small two tiered green, accuracy is the key here. With the pin on the rear tier, consideration should be given to playing to the front tier, then try to hole a long uphill putt.
Another reachable par-4, but only for the risk taker. The long low fairway bunker on the left side will stop errant shots from an unplayable lie in the palmettos, but creates a difficult to impossible shot to the green. Too much club off of the tee blocked right will most certainly find the lake. Best play? Hit less club in the middle of fairway opposite fairway bunker for loft shot onto green. Green is one of the more severely contoured and smallest on the course, so watch out!
Simple, hit it over the canal, the big oak and part of the small pond onto the correct tier and one putt for birdie.
The ‘chute’ effect from the big trees out ahead of the tee forces you to play the drive down the middle. The ideal position is in the flat center of the fairway as far down toward the lake as possible. This will give you a level lie shooting directly into the axis of the green, which allows the option of hitting a skip shot to the rear pin placements.
If you’re going to miss it here, miss it left, you might kick onto the green. The back right pin placement is a particularly precarious one, the faint of heart should play for the middle of the green and then lag an approach putt.
The flip side of eight except there is no bailout except the green. Hit it right and you’re out of bounds, hit it left, in the drink. A nice high draw shot will fit very nicely.
Another reachable par-4. Long hitters can take aim left of the green and try to work a fade that may (with some good luck) run onto the green. Of course, it may end up any number of places so depending on conditions and your abilities you might opt to hit a shorter club into the landing area.
Long hitters beware the driver! The fairway necks down just short of the green so consider a lay-up. A drive hit left of center short of the fairway bunker should feed itself down the mound onto an ideal approach position. Miss it right on this hole and you’re certainly lake or marsh bound.