Bay Island Course

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Hole 1 - Par 4

This opening hole starts out with a tight chute to a wide fairway. There is a bunker that guards the left side of the fairway; long hitters should not have a problem clearing the bunker. On the approach shot, there are two bunkers to the left of this long, narrow green. If you miss your shot, plan to miss it to the right for an easy up and down. The green may leave you scratching your head due to subtle breaks.

Hole 2 - Par 5

The second hole is a 90-degree dogleg left. The aiming target is at the fairway bunker. Hit an accurate tee shot to set you up for the second shot. For long hitters, a driver is not necessary for the tee shot. This short par 5 is reachable in two but the approach is over water and guarded by 6 palm trees. The skinny fairway may not be suitable to the eye, which will pressure you to hit it long and to the right. The green slopes back to front. Do not miss it long, you will pay with a tough pitch shot.

Hole 3 - Par 4

On this opening par-3, you must be very precise with your yardage. Water guards the front of the green while a bunker lies behind the green. Right of the green would be the place to bail out. The green slopes back to front.

Hole 4 - Par 4

This short par 4 measures 311 yards from the back tees. A large bunker lies along the left side of the fairway. Long hitters will want to hit an iron off the tee to avoid the water long. There is water to the right of the green and mounds short left. The green slopes left to right towards the water.

Hole 5 - Par 4

This dogleg left par 4 begs you to hit a tee shot to the right since water guards the left side of the fairway. A bunker lies short right of this large green. The green slopes right to left. Par is a great score on this hole.

Hole 6 - Par 3

The last par 3 on the front nine is very demanding. Water is all along the left side of the hole while bunkers guard the front and back of the green; the correct miss would be to the right of the green. The rather large green slopes right to left.

Hole 7 - Par 4

The seventh hole on Bay Island is a straight away Par 4 that is protected by a large fairway bunker on the right. The second shot plays slightly uphill to a two tiered green all sloping from back to front. Anything that misses left or right will leave your below the green in a bunker.

Hole 8 - Par 4

One of the toughest and longest Par 4’s on Bay Island, the eighth shoots straight at Estero Bay and normally plays into the wind. Palmetto’s outline the left side of the fairway and mangroves to the right. The approach will play up a hill to an elevated green with a false front and a dip off in the back. Any approach shots that miss left or long will either collect into a bunker or find a pond.

Hole 9 - Par 4/5

The ninth hole is one of Bonita Bay Club’s signature holes. The longest of any on the course and the nearest to the bay with mangroves all the way up the right side. A fairway bunker guards the left with plenty of room on the right to land a tee shot. There are a few options to layup, but traditionally players will leave themselves a full swing to a blind elevated green with a severe false front. Depth perception when attacking the green can be especially difficult with high rise condominiums in the background.

Hole 10 - Par 4

Beginning this hole in the shadow of a high rise, the echoing tee shot on this par 4 will play into dog leg left surrounded by three ponds in all. The player can take on the fairway bunker inside the left of the dog leg to cut off yardage for the hole. The approach shot plays into a narrow green a protected by a large bunker to the front left and a pond nearby to the right.

Hole 11 - Par 5

The second longest hole on the course, the Par 5 eleventh takes almost a 90 degree turn left. Depending on the player, driver may not be necessary as marsh that comes across the fairway will come into play. Whether laying up or going for it, the second shot will need to carry the wetland in front of the player and avoid it all the way up the left side of the hole. The green is protected by a large bunker left and small bunker right. The green slopes severely from left to right and slightly back to front.

Hole 12 - Par 3

The first Par 3 on the back nine, the twelfth plays as another one of Bonita Bay Club’s signature holes. A The tee shot is a forced carry over wetland to a green that is guarded in the front by a bunker and by palmettos and bushes on all other sides. The surface of the green is broken into three tiers, front left, front right and back right. All of which have putts that break in different directions.

Hole 13 - Par 4

A short par 4 that plays much harder than the card suggests. This risk/reward hole starts by having the correct carry off of the tee leaving the correct distance to this elevated green. Longer hitters may decide to have a go at this green off of the tee- but the green is guarded by a big tree with hazards surrounding. Choose your club wisely!

Hole 14 - Par 4

A lengthy par 4 that usually plays into the gulf breeze- don’t let the appearance fool you. Keep your drive long and straight because it gets narrow around 150yds to the green. The green slopes back to front so a shot long may leave for a difficult up and down.

Hole 15 - Par 5

A reachable par 5 with two solid shots- You must make a decision with your second shot: go for it or lay back. Avoid the hazard on the left. If you decide to have a go at this green in two, make sure your miss is to the right.

Hole 16 - Par 4

A reachable par 5 with two solid shots- You must make a decision with your second shot: go for it or lay back. Avoid the hazard on the left. If you decide to have a go at this green in two, make sure your miss is to the right.

Hole 17 - Par 3

This midrange par 3 is all carry over marshland. The front edge of the green is diagonal to your tee shot. Any shot hit to the left will have a further carry over the hazard, so make sure your miss is to the right of the green.

Hole 18 - Par 4

A great closing par 4- Favor the left-center part of the fairway which should leave you a mid-iron and an ideal angle into one of Bay Islands deepest greens. The left side of the green is guarded by a deep bunker and any shot to the right of the green will leave you with a short sided pitch shot.