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Paradise Island, Bahamas
Paradise Island, Bahamas
This par 4 plays slightly uphill into the wind and through a grove of ficus trees. A large bunker protects the left-‐hand side of the fairway. Three (3) bunkers protect the green area, which is nestled in some of the course’s largest stands of trees.
A medium-‐length par 4 that plays slightly downhill. The second shot plays uphill to a small green with many contours. The little pot bunker to the left of the green will capture many golf balls.
The longest par 3 on the golf course has wetlands surrounding the front and back of the greens. From the tee, you have a view of the course and waters of The Bahamas.
This long par 5 is very reachable for the big hitters because it plays predominately downwind. The tee shot is demanding and narrow with two (2) bunkers on the left and one on the right in the landing area. Bunkers on both sides protect the green.
This is a long, slightly uphill par 3. The green is protected in front by deep bunkers on both sides and a deep bunker in the rear. The green is undulating and somewhat demanding.
The tee shot on this short par 4 is protected by a huge, dramatic bunker down the entire right-‐ hand side and palm trees on the left. The green, which is the smallest on the course, is somewhat hidden by a hillside and protected by two small bunkers on the left.
This shortish par 5 has a narrow driving area protected on the left by water and on the right by a large bunker. Two bunkers, 30 yards short of this somewhat hidden green, control the second shot. The conservative approach is to lay up short of the bunkers, allowing for an easy pitch. The risk/reward challenge is to play between or over the bunkers, trying to reach in two.
This is the shortest par 4 on the course but has the largest green. The hole plays entirely along the ocean and along the beach. It usually plays into the wind, but under the right conditions it can be driven by the longest of hitters. The green is large, well-‐contoured, and well-‐bunkered.
A par 4, water exists entirely on the left-‐hand side of both the tee shot and second shot. A small bunker protects the front right portion of the green.
This medium-‐length par 4 begins from an elevated tee and usually plays downwind to a fairway protected by bunkers on both sides of the landing area. One bunker on the left protects the green.
This long, slightly downhill par 5 plays slightly into the prevailing winds with a slight dogleg to the right. Protecting the fairway are a wetland area to the right and large trees and a bunker to the left. The third shot plays to a small green surrounded by ocean to the right and behind with bunkers to the left.
The tee shot is to a slightly elevated medium-‐size green that is surrounded by an array of bunkers. This hole plays into prevailing wind.
A medium-‐length long par 4 plays long and demanding, into a strong prevailing wind. A bunker on the right side of the fairway gives the proper line of play. The second shot is extremely demanding, requiring precise accuracy; it plays slightly downhill to a green protected by ocean to the right and behind, with a bunker of the front left.
A long par 4, hole 14 has a directional bunker on the left, giving the proper line from the tee. The second shot plays uphill to a small, well-‐bunkered green.
This par 5 offers two (2) choices from the tee. The best visibility and position in playing this hole is up the entire right half of the fairway. The conservative approach is to play the lower fairway up the left-‐hand side, but this puts demand on the third shot into a well-‐bunkered, small green.
Visually intimidating, this par 4, with water down the right side off the tee, is made even more difficult by the prevailing left-‐to-‐right winds. The second shot into a green protected by water on three sides is very demanding. Hole 16 marks the start of the exciting stretch of finishing holes.
A deep bunker and swale in the front and a bunker on the right-‐hand side of the green protect this par 3. Pinpoint accuracy is a must for 17.
A reachable par 5 finishing hole, starts with a demanding drive, with water down the right-‐hand side and a large fairway bunker to the left protect the landing area of this dogleg-‐right. Going for it in two requires a second shot played slightly uphill to a three-‐tiered green which is protected in the front by deep bunkers on both sides.