Not All Florida Golf is Flat and Boring!
The Scenic Highland Nine
The mild dogleg right 1st hole is a par-4, 398-yard beauty from every direction you play it. The tiered, stepped-up tee boxes preside over a tree-lined fairway that dips downhill and slopes right to left all the way up. At the 150-yard marker, the uphill approach shot goes to an elevated, two-tiered green, sloping to the front, it’s handicapped one. The second hole is a 518-yard par-5, handicapped three, dogleg left featuring wall-to-wall trees and quite a challenge. A good drive to the right will steer you clear of an overhanging oak at the inside elbow about 240 yards out. The half-dollar green has a severe drop-off at the right. If you’re accurate, a birdie is an achievable reward. The 3rd par-3 is 166 yards to an ample green surrounded by four bunkers. The wind comes into play here, as does the impressive view.
The Long Open Lake Nine
These nine holes are open and feature bunkers, wide fairways and crosswinds. The finishing three holes offer the best of the course. The 7th is a par-4 dogleg left that angle 436 yards into a narrow cavern of trees to an elevated green. As handicapped one, you must go straight down the middle at the elbow to avoid the trees and bunkers lurking there. Watch out for the miserable drop-off in the back of the green. The 8th is a perilous par-3 that requires a 197-yard poke through overhanging trees to an elevated target green adorned by three bunkers and a steep slope in the back. Finish at the par-4 9th with 426 yards of uphill aggravation, relieved momentarily by a wide fairway from 200-yards out. The approach requires a straight shot to the green, another bunker-smothered, elevated, back-drop-off, back-to-front sloping marvel. It’s handicapped two.
The Grove - Exclusively used by Lee Westwood Golf School, this course is the toughest nine, with a tricky combination of trees, hills and narrow fairways. Two favorites (handicapped 2 and 1 respectively) are the 2nd and 8th holes. The 395-yard par-4 2nd hole doglegs right. The elbow creases only 185 yards out, but then you face a wide marsh on the inside and two bunkers and trees on the left. If you can drive 250 yards and miss a palm tree on the right side, the approach to the narrow green is more encouraging. Reputed to be the most irksome hole on the course, this 445-yard 8th is a double dogleg downhill past trees with bunkers, marsh, and undulations. A solid, accurate 250-yard drive puts you past the tree-clusters, over the ridge and to the right of the two bunkers. You will remember this day of golf when you meet the challenge of the Grove!
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