The opening hole is a slight dogleg right. A fairway wood or long iron tee shot favoring the left side of the fairway opens the approach shot across Hollin's Creek. Any approach that misses long or right of the green presents a difficult recovery.
Accuracy is at a premium on this short par 5. Off the tee, the fairway is framed by three majestic oak trees. The second shot across Hollin’s Creek sets up an approach to a narrow green surrounded by sand. This hole offers the best birdie chance on the front nine.
Your tee ball must avoid the stately oak tree and cavernous bunker to the right of the green. Correct club selection to this deep green, which sits at a left to right angle to the tees, is imperative. Do not flirt with a back right pin placement.
Your drive should favor the left center of the fairway on this sharp dogleg right. Long or bold players may cut some of the hole’s length by challenging the lake on the right. The second shot is uphill to a severly sloping green. Be careful, this hole can bite you.
The simple tee shot on this hole should set up another birdie opportunity. A solid drive that favors the right side of the fairway will leave a short iron and well bunkered.
This gentle dogleg left offers long hitters a chance to get home in two, but the slim margin for error makes that a bold play. The prudent path is to lay up your second shot to the right center of the bottleneck fairway, and follow that with a crisp short iron to the elevated green.
This is the most visually intimidating par 4 on the front nine. A long and precise drive still leaves a lengthy second shot to a very deep and heavily contoured green. The best approach shots will leave your ball below the hole.
This mid length par 3 is all carry over water and a yawning bunker short and left of the green. You must pay close attention to the wind, since it tends to swirl among the trees on this picturesque hole.
Accuracy off the tee is a must, as multiple bunkers pinch the landing area and out of bounds looms large. Long hitters can carry the bunkers, leaving a short approach to a wide green with a decidedly left to right tilt.
From the tee, favor the right center of the fairway to set up a mid iron approach to a small, elevated green. Accuracy is at a premium to avoid the lateral hazard that guards the entire right side of this hole.
On this long double dog leg par 5, a Larry Packard signature in course design. Two well struck shots that avoid the trees on either side of the fairway will set up a short iron approach and a good chance for birdie.
A lateral water hazard guards the right side of this short, dogleg right par 4. A long iron or fairway wood from the tee to the left center of the fairway will leave you with a short iron approach across a daunting bunker to a receptive green.
Hit it hard and hit it hard again on lucky number 13. This is the longest par 4 on the course and plays even longer since the approach to the green is uphill. Any shot that misses the green left or right will find one of the six greenside bunkers.
Do not be deceived by the length of this hole. The well bunkered and very undulating green gives even the best players fits; however this par 3 has yielded the most aces. Pay close attention to the hole location on this very deep green.
A good drive through a chute of trees and across the wetland will favor the left side of the fairway on this dogleg right. The approach is with a short or mid iron to a tightly guarded green. Stray from the fairway and bogey or worse is likely.
Typically into the wind, the longest hole on the course plays even longer than the posted yardage. Two solid shots that avoid the trees left and pot bunkers right set up a delicate approach to a very long and slender putting surface.
The longest par 3 on the course is made more intimidating by the prevailing headwinds that blow in from the Gulf of Mexico. The tee shot must avoid both the huge bunker to the right of the green and the natural wooded area which creeps in just to the left.
One of the best finishing holes in the Tampa Bay area will test players of all abilities. The daunting tee shot must avoid the hazard right and bunker left. A long iron or fairway wood second shot must cross Hollin’s Creek to reach the golf course’s most challenging green in regulation.