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Hole 1 - Par 4
The opening hole of the Cypress course is strong par 4 with a wide, inviting fairway. There are a group of fairway bunkers on the right side that come into play but long hitters shouldn’t have much trouble clearing them. The green slopes from back to front and is protected by a fairly deep greenside bunker on the right. If you miss your approach, you’ll want to miss it to the left of the green.
Hole 2 - Par 3
This hole is ranked as the easiest on the front side but there’s nothing easy about this par 3. With trouble lurking in the shape of a large greenside bunker on the right and a fairly steep incline to the left of the green, it is going to require a great tee shot to put it on the putting surface. Once you’re on the green, the subtle breaks just might leave you scratching your head.
Hole 3 - Par 3
A good par 4 with a water hazard on the left and a couple fairway bunkers that can come into play. Your second shot will play uphill to a fairly deep green that slopes severely from back to front. If you bail out to the right, you’ll be left a very difficult chip shot.
Hole 4 - Par 5
The first of four par 5s is an intimidating hole with water running the entire length of the hole on the left side. The landing area for your tee shot is fairly wide but there is a fairway bunker on the right that can come into play. Your second shot is going to leave you with several options from laying up with a mid iron to going for the green. Accuracy is at a premium and one mistake can easily lead to a bad score.
Hole 5 - Par 3
This long uphill par 3 with water coming into play can strike fear into even the most experienced player. The only places to miss your tee shot are short and right. Even then, you’ll be left with a very difficult pitch or chip shot to a green that pitches from back left to front right. Birdies are very rare on this whole. Make your par and move on!
Hole 6 - Par 4
Looks can be deceiving on this short par 4 with a fairway bunker on the right that stretches from the tee to 100 yards short of the green. A good tee shot will leave you with a mid to short iron into a green with a false front guarded by 4 greenside bunkers.
Hole 7 - Par 4
This straight away par 4 is rated as the hardest hole on the Cypress course and the longest of the par 4s. The only trouble on this hole is a lateral hazard to the left of the cart path and a waste area on the right. The green is one of the deepest on golf course and shots that land short will most likely run up on to the putting surface.
Hole 8 - Par 5
A solid par 5 where the only trouble off the tee are a pair of fairway bunkers on the right. The second shot can be tricky. Any missed shot to the left will be swallowed by a massive bunker that is roughly 100 yards long and 60 yards wide and guards the front left of the green. Be careful not to go long with your approach shot or you’ll be left with a chip shot and scrambling to make par.
Hole 9 - Par 4
The closing hole on the front side is a short par 4 with a fairway bunker that can easily eat up a wayward tee shot to the left. If you miss your tee shot to the right, there are some strategically places palms that can interfere with your approach shot. A well placed tee shot will allow you to attack the flag to a two-tiered green guarded by 2 greenside bunkers.
Hole 10 - Par 4
This par 4 is very similar to the 1st hole of Cypress. A wide fairway with a couple of well placed fairway bunkers courtesy of Mr. Fazio. As long as you stay out of the sand, you’ll be left with a long to mid iron into a green the slopes from back right to front left. A deep greenside bunker protects the right side of the green.
Hole 11 - Par 3
This deceptive par 3 may look easy from the tee box but the green complex might be one of the toughest on Cypress. The green is sloped from the front and back to the middle and tends to pull the ball towards the right side. Getting the correct distance for your tee shot is very important but the real work will start when you get to the green.
Hole 12 - Par 5
The longest of the par 5s is a slight dogleg right. It starts off with a semi-blind tee shot which makes you think you have less room than you actually do. You’ll want to stay away from the left side of this hole on your second shot. There are 2 large fairway bunkers and very little room to the left of the cart path. Your approach shot will be into a very large inviting green
Hole 13 - Par 4
A dogleg right par 4 where you have a couple of options on the tee. Option 1 would be the “Safe play” by hitting a well placed tee shot with a fairway wood or hybrid down the middle leaving you between 130yds-170yds. Option 2 is the “aggressive play” by taking a driver out and trying to cut the corner over a fairway bunker. You’ll then be left with a difficult pitch shot to a multi-tiered green. Whichever option you choose, it will require two great shots to make birdie here.
Hole 14 - Par 4
The shortest par 4 on Cypress allows you to put the driver away. The smart play is hitting a fairway wood , hybrid or long iron to the right side of the fairway. Your second shot will be partially blind into a green that slopes from back to front. Play smart and you can leave this hole with par or better.
Hole 15 - Par 5
For the longer hitters, this par 5 is a risk reward hole that is reachable in two. For the average golfer, it will take 3 well placed shots to reach this green in regulation. The left side of the hole is protected by a waste area short of a large pond that stretches from the 200yd marker to the front of the green. If you hit your approach shot short, 2 greenside bunkers are waiting to swallow your golf ball.
Hole 16 - Par 3
This very demanding par 3 is the longest on Cypress. A large waste area in front the tee will only come into play with a poor tee shot. Trouble lurks down the left side. A miss to the right will leave you with an uphill chip shot. A par here feels like a birdie walking off the green.
Hole 17 - Par 4
From the tee, this short par 4 looks like it has more sand than green grass. A massive bunker starts just short of the tee box and stretches to the front of the green. The smart play is to hit anything from a drive to a long iron down the right side of the hole. You will then be left with a short iron into a green that is only 21 paces deep.
Hole 18 - Par 4
One of the toughest finishing holes in Southwest Florida! The par 4 18th is not only long but it has plenty of trouble in the form of several fairway bunkers and a water hazard on the right side that abuts the green. A good drive will leave you with a fairway wood to a long iron into a green with a large greenside bunker on the right. If you miss your second shot, MISS LEFT! If you miss right, you could finish with a big number.