Flag Locations: Blue Checkered Flag (back), Yellow Checkered Flag (middle) & Red Checkered Flag (front) yardage markers in the middle of the fairway: Blue (200), White (150) & Red (100) – there are also yardage distances on the top of the sprinkler heads
Cart Warning: You’ll see a green/white post about 25-50 yards in front of the green. Do not take carts any closer to the green. Stay on cart paths on all par 3’s. Rakes for the sand traps are on the carts. You need to take it with you to the trap. The sand waste areas adjacent to some fairways do not need to be raked. You can ground your club in these waste areas. You’ll find a lot of elevation changes, so expect some uneven lies.
Most of all – Have Fun!!!
Hole 1 – A beautiful par-5 to open. A tee shot at the bunker on the right is ideal. Longer hitters will want to thread the needle. Keep your second shot to the right side of the fairway for a better view of the green. The water comes out a little in front of the green, so favor the right side of the green.
Hole 2 – Uphill all the way. The landing area for your drive slopes to the right, so aim little left of center to avoid the tree on the right. Take an extra club on your approach.
Hole 3 – Aim your drive toward the cluster of 3 traps on the right side of the fairway. The green slopes from front to back, but with a well-placed tee shot, this hole can be had.
Hole 4 – Slightly downhill par-3. Long of the green is dead here, so be sure to mind your yardage. Short right is not a bad miss.
Hole 5 – Dogleg left par-5 and the #1 handicap hole. Keep your tee ball right of the left fairway bunker. Leave yourself a manageable yardage for your third shot. Too close will leave an awkward pitch to an elevated green.
Hole 6 – Watch out for the trap on the right side of the fairway on your drive. Arguably the toughest drive on the course. Down the left side with a slight fade is the ideal shot shape here. The green is not very deep, so mind going long as short is a better miss.
Hole 7 – This green has a lot of slope back to front. You are better off with an uphill putt short of the pin versus challenging a back flag here. Avoid left as the collection area leaves a tough chip.
Hole 8 – Favor the right side of the fairway with your tee shot. Anything left of the bunker will find the tall native grasses and bushes. Watch out for the water on the second shot as it comes into play more than you think. Favor the left side of the green as all of the trouble here is right.
Hole 9 – A tight tee shot where the fairway slopes left towards O.B. Less than driver can be the play as the hole is not very long. Take one extra on your second shot as it plays uphill to the green. Left of this green has a sneaky O.B. line that isn’t visible from the fairway.
Hole 10 – The longest par 4 on the course. The fairway slopes to the right. Play your drive a little left of center and it will funnel toward the middle. The green is deceiving as it plays much flatter than it looks.
Hole 11 – Watch your position on the tee as the tee tends to point you to the right towards the traps on the right side of the fairway. Make sure you align toward the green. Play your tee shot left of the center. Keep your approach on the left side of the green to avoid the trap in front. This green slopes from front to back, which makes it hard to hold. Short left is not a bad miss here.
Hole 12 – O.B. comes up quick down the left side off the tee on this risk/reward par-5. Keep your second shot on the left side of the fairway in order to avoid the large waste area to the right of the fairway. A tricky green that falls off on both sides. A left miss here is surely better than right.
Hole 13 – The perfect drive is 200 yards, so you may not need your driver. There is a large waste area through the left side of the fairway. This is blind on the tee. Keep your drive in the middle or right side of the fairway. O.B. opens up after the pickle ball courts, but not by much.
Hole 14 – A tricky par 3 that always fools players on wind direction. What you feel on the tee is not always the correct wind. Look to the large U.S. flag flying behind the houses to get a more accurate reading. Long is no good here.
Hole 15 – Slight uphill dogleg right par-5. Favor the left side of the fairway off the tee to have the optimal angle for your 2 nd shot; too far right and you may be blocked out. The fairway splits after you get over the hill. Favor the right side of the fairway to have a better look at the green for your third shot. Another green that slopes from back to front. Long will leave a very tricky, very fast chip coming back down the hill.
Hole 16 – Short par-3 that has a false front short right. Tricky to select the right club as the wind is always howling. One of the highest points on any golf course in the state of Florida.
Hole 17 – Not long but tricky. Use your driver to try to get over the hill. Favor the center/right side of the fairway for a better approach to the green. This is a hard green to hold as it slopes from front to back. Consider a pitch and run if it is a red flag.
Hole 18 – A 230-yard drive is perfect. It will be even better if you draw the ball. Long hitters can drive through the fairway and end up on the downhill slope. As you approach your second shot, you will see the water to the right of the green. The area left of the green is wide open and a safer miss.