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Ft. Myers, Florida
Ft. Myers, Florida
Course Architect: Dick Wilson
Tees: Champion Bermudagrass
Fairways: 419 Bermudagrass
Rough: 419 Bermudagrass
A great way start to the round…a medium length, gentle dogleg left, par 4. Players must avoid the fairway bunkers on the left and the water deep right off the tee. A good drive leaves a middle to short iron into a green guarded on both the front left and right by bunkers. Errant shots off the tee or into the green can find water easier than it might appear.
This relatively short par 5 provides players with a chance to make a birdie if they know their game. Off the tee, players will have two options: (1) lay up short of a crossing water hazard, or (2) letting out the shaft and possibly bringing water on the right into play. The conservative play makes it a three shot hole with a short iron into the green nestled between bunkers left and a lake right of the green. The gambler opting to carry the hazard off the tee has a chance of reaching in two and an early birdie.
A slight dogleg left par 4 requiring some additional length and a good line. Water right and left off the tee and all the way down the left side makes favoring the right side the safer play. It will add length to the hole and set up a medium iron into a receptive green. The only hole on the course without a bunker, the dual challenge is keeping the ball away from a collection area to the left and staying below the hole to set up the best putt.
The first par 3 is both scenic and challenging. Good length over water to a well-bunkered green requires precision and distance. There is bailout room to the right, however, getting it up and down is not an easy task.
The second par 5 on the front side adds length and multiple challenges off the tee. There is water right and left but still ample fairway for the tee shot. The key to the hole is positioning the second shot to allow you to challenge the pin on your third shot. Leaving the ball right of the flag will generally give you the best opportunity to make the putt.
A stout par 4 that bends ever so slightly to the left. Distance is required off the tee and the water on the right can be reached. A receptive green awaits the second shot but bunkers left and right will catch the errant shot.
This scenic dogleg right par 4 requires some thought before you strike your tee ball. Risk the driver down the right side off the tee and the reward can be a short shot with a legitimate birdie opportunity. The safe play lays it short and right of the fairway bunkers leaving a longer second shot. The shallow front-to-back green is well-guarded and offers some very challenging pin locations.
This par 3 requires a medium to long iron shot with bailout room to the left. Water is not generally an issue but deep greenside bunkers on the right make for a difficult up and down.
This medium length slight dogleg left par 4 sets up well for the player who can position the tee shot between the fairway bunker on the right and away from the OB left. Greenside bunkers left and right make the second shot club selection important and accuracy critical. Leaving the approach right of the flag generally rewards the player with an uphill putt and the best opportunity to make a birdie.
The back nine starts with a stiff challenge right out of the box. This long straight-away par 4 with OB down the entire right side requires distance off the tee. A long second shot to a slightly elevated surface needs to avoid the bunkering short left and right of the green.
This short dogleg left par 4 requires an accurate shot off the tee with fairways bunkers and lateral water guarding the left side. Players who chance the driver and favor the right side may find their path to the hole blocked by a large tree. Playing a safer club off the tee is worth consideration. A challenging second shot requires finesse and accuracy to avoid a green surrounded by bunkers. Attack the pin at your own risk.
This medium long straight-away par 4 rewards accuracy off the tee. Fairway bunkers on the right and reachable water on the left side tightens the landing area. The best second shots avoid the greenside bunkers and come to rest short of the hole. A false front makes this a challenging par.
Not all great par 3 holes are long. The challenge of our shortest golf hole is to select the right club to clear the deep front bunker, yet leave a very desirable uphill putt. Putts from above the hole here are treacherous.
This gentle dogleg right par 5 requires players to select the right club off the tee to avoid a water hazard that crosses the fairway in the landing area. Players challenging the right side to shorten the hole bring OB and trees down the entire right side into play. Players favoring the left side off the tee will lengthen the hole and bring water and mounding into play. Players should consider sacrificing distance for accuracy to insure a third shot from a fairway lie. Deep bunkers guard both sides of the green and keeping the ball below the hole will give the player the best chance for birdie.
The last par 3 is the longest. The shot here is a long iron or hybrid to a green with a false front that falls away back left. Bunkers collect errant shots, up and down is a feat.
The final par 5 is a classic risk / reward golf hole. Players taking an aggressive line just inside of the left fairway bunkers can be rewarded with a second shot capable of reaching the putting surface in two shots. A more conservative line makes the hole a three shot proposition with a second shot that needs to favor the right side away from the fairway bunker. The contoured green is bunkered front left and right and falls away on both sides beyond the bunkers.
A drive favoring the left center of this short par 4 provides the golfer with the best access to virtually any pin placement. A cavernous bunker on the right front of the green is complimented by bunkers left and back right, all to catch a wayward shot. Saving par from any of the three bunkers is a challenge.
The finishing hole is all that any player will want to take on. A classic par 4 that requires length off the tee and ball placement right of the three fairway bunkers that line the left side of the landing area. The tighter the line to the fairway bunkers, the shorter the second shot into a green bunkered left and right. The green is receptive to a long approach but two putts is never a given.