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Florida’s Best 18 Golf Holes (part 2)

 

  1. Ocean Links at Amelia Island Plantation

While almost these Bobby Weed-designed course holes look like typical Lowcountry golf, stately live oaks and skirting wild marshes, Ocean Links and four others border the broad Atlantic beachfront. Club selection on this hole is always tricky, open to the breezes.

  1. Championship course, Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Championship course in Bay Hill Club and Lodge is always considered as a highlight hole during the annual stop of PGA Tour on Arnie’s home course, with the long, narrow fairway wrapping around a lake from tee to green. Players here have to decide how much water to cut off for twice.

  1. Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa 

Palm Trees at this dogleg’s right-hand corner left block out drives right or through the fairway which ends up behind them. It is best to play a draw from the tee. The position of the fairway bunkers provides more room for average golfers to drive the ball while the left-fairway bunker with steeper lip is more intimidating for PGA TOUR ones. The left side of the Green slopes down to the left into a chipping area.

  1. Rolling Oaks course at World Woods

If Tom Fazio designed the Pine Barrens golf course to resemble Pine Valley, it is said that he has had Augusta National in his mind at Rolling Oaks. This devilish hole resembles the well-known No. 12 of Augusta – with swirling winds, over water to a narrow green.

  1. Ocean Course at Hammock Resort

Ocean Course is a fairly new course with high profile: Jack Nicklaus designed it as well as the ninth and eighteenth holes all run parallel to the Atlantic Ocean beach. Usually, at the mercy of the wind, this golf hole is extra-tough and requires two hearty blows to get to the sand-protected green.

 

 

Florida’s Best 18 Golf Holes (part 1)

 

Florida has more than 1,000 golf courses and picking the best 18 golf holes is no easy task. And playing them might be even harder!

It is not difficult to construct a course with 18 longest holes in Florida, however, a good golf course must have a balance between good long and short holes – those with tricky doglegs or deep bunkers and those with lots of water. There is the list of Florida’s Best 18 Golf Holes in my opinion.

  1. New Course, Grand Cypress Resort

Jack Nicklaus designed this resort to the famed Old Course of Scotland at St. Andrews. Although it’s difficult to recreate North Sea conditions in the center of Florida, this first hole is a faithful rendition. Wide and short open, it’s the second shot across Swilcan Burn’s local variation which calls for precision.

  1. Belleview Biltmore Golf Club

Designed by Donald Ross, this jewel of a course is a centerpiece of the historic resort. This second hole, narrow, long, and tightly guarded by ponds and trees, set the tone. The tiny crowned green will repel all but the best accurate approach shots.

  1. Wanamaker course at PGA Village

The PGA of America’s excellent golf facility boasts up to three Championship courses by Pete Dye and Tom Fazio at PGA Golf Club. It has a six-hole short course, the PGA Museum of Golf, and the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Wanamaker course is a classic layout of Florida: rolling terrain with a lot of palms, palmettos, and wetlands. This third hole calls for carrying over water from the tee to a heavily bunkered, rolling green and divided fairway.

  1. Pine Barrens at World Woods

Pine Barrens at World Woods is a great design of Tom Fazio. It utilizes scrubby, sandy waste areas like Pine Valley of New Jersey. This par-five allows a safe route, but golf players who would like to challenge the sandy wasteland can get home in two for an eagle with 2 strong shots.