Lake Wales Country Club
Lake Wales, Florida
Course Architect: Seth Raynor/ Donald Ross
Tees: 419 Bermuda and Rye Overseed
Fairways: 419 Bermuda, rye overseed
Greens: Tif-dwarf Bermuda and Bent grass overseed
Par 4 376 yards. Typical Ross/Raynor easy start with a narrow landing zone. The hole plays slightly downhill with a narrow well-bunkered green for a short second shot.
Par 4 413 yards. Difficult drive must be placed between 2 bunkers. Playing down the right side, with challenging bunkers and trees, give a great angle to this canted green. Elevation change in the middle of the green makes for a demanding second shot that must be hit the correct distance.
Par 3 214 yards. Green is deceivingly wide in the back and extremely narrow in the front. Bunker left is no good and the bail out to the right brings a huge oak tree into play. Green moves slightly from front to back and then back up hill.
Par5 478 yards: Water in play for one of the few times on the course. Well bunkered hole calls for a right to left tee shot. Very narrow green with a lot of movement from back to front. Large hump in middle makes chipping from the short side very difficult.
Par 3 140 Yards: Just a great short par 3, classic design with uphill par-4 6th as the background. This hole will look very familiar to those who have played Raynor’s courses as there used to be a lake behind this green. Green moves hard from right to left and front to back and it is well bunkered.
Par 4 277 yards: Typical Ross, great short hole. Risk reward with huge elevation change playing uphill and extremely well bunkered. Relatively flat green with the side hill approach shot presenting a challenge.
Par 4 376 yards: Elevated tee to very narrow drive zone over the valley of sissyness. Large green slopes away in the back with movement from back to front.
Par 4 392 yards: Our signature hole. Blind tee shot to generous fairway sloping from right to left, downhill lie second shot to uphill plateau green with slope from front to back. Spook Hill effect on green in that uphill putts are very quick while downhill putts tend to be slower than normal.
Par 5 557 yards: Drive out of the chute into the valley. Second shot, depending on wind, is either downhill or uphill to elevated landing zone. Narrow green, well bunkered with elevation change about 2/3 of the way into green. Back of green slopes right to left and away from the player.
Par5 537 yards: Another easy start for those beginning round on back 9. Generous fairway, tee shot plays downhill, landing zone is generous and green is one of the largest on the course. Severe slope in front with green moving from right to left with many small elevation changes. Very hard green to read.
Par 4 474 yards: Let the games begin. Huge uphill all the way par 4. Generous landing zone with second shot to well bunkered green. The green has huge hump in the middle plus a major elevation change 2/3 of the way into the green. Green moves in a variety of ways depending on hole location and ball location.
Par 3 209 yards: Slightly downhill tee shot with a wide opening to the green. Green slopes from right to left and back to front.
Par 5 558 yards: Tee shot out of a chute with a narrow landing area. Second shot to narrow landing area in fairway as well. Approach shot is to a well bunkered green sloping from back to front and run offs on both sides.
Par 4 476 yards: Generous drive zone with the preferred right side opening up this smallish green. Well bunkered, severely sloping green from right to left. Elevation change 2/3 of the way into the green requires spot on distance control to any back hole location.
Par 3 197 yards: Our favorite par-3. Smaller green that is well bunkered with a lot of movement from back to front. The key is that the hole is protected from the wind so you must find the wind direction while playing #14 in order to navigate #15.
Par 4 354 yards: Awesome short par-4 but generally plays as the number 2 or 3 most difficult hole on the course. Very narrow drive zone for your tee shot must challenge the bunkers on the right on this dog leg left hole in order to get an angle to this 3 tiered, deep bunkered, green. Distance control is at a premium.
Par 4 362 yards: Hit the same tee shot as #16 challenging the bunkers on the right on this dogleg left hole. Severe green is generous from right to left. Above the hole will leave an extremely quick putt.
Par 4 479 yards: Uphill to a generous drive zone leaves a long and dangerous second shot to a well bunkered green with a major elevation change in the middle of it. Out of bounds over the green and lots of issues surround this awesome finishing hole.