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Hole 1 - Par 4
This opening hole is a relatively short straight away par 4 that features a large landing area. With the tee shot, players will want to favor the right side as there is a waste bunker and water left. With a mid to short iron in hand on the second shot, make sure to cover the correct yardage to avoid two greenside bunkers looming short left.
Hole 2 - Par 4
This short dog-leg left par 4 has bunkers lining the far end or right side of the fairway so staying short of them is crucial if you want a good lie into the green. Another way to play the hole is to take on the large risk reward opportunity. Taking on more of the Marsh with the forced carry tee shot will give provide a much shorter shot into the green. This green is guarded by a front right and back right bunker, if you could avoid these bunkers, a fairly flat putt awaits you.
Hole 3 - Par 4
This straight away par 4 may be one of the shortest holes on the course but its difficulty is deceiving. The tee shot must carry the marsh land to reach the fairway. A large bunker lines the left side of the fairway and continues all the way to the front of the green. In addition the large front bunker, a large bunker also guards the left side of the green. Pick the right club for your approach shot as the yardage is crucial for a good score on this hole.
Hole 4 - Par 4
This slight dog-leg right par 4 has water lining the entire right side of the hole. Stay focused on the large fairway to the left of the water on the tee shot. Find the fairway and you will have a mid to short iron in hand for the approach shot. Water comes into play short right and a bunker guards the left middle of the green.
Hole 5 - Par 5
The first par 5 of the front nine is reachable in two by the longer hitters. Be sure to favor the middle or right side of the fairway on this tee shot as two fairway bunkers are looming left. The second shot on this par 5 will make or break this hole. The fairway turns abruptly 20 yards left before straightening back out to be a similar angle as your tee shot just was. This leaves you with a slight forced carry second shot, pick the right club and set yourself up with a good yardage for your approach. This left to right sloping green has a bunker long and hazard right so aiming just left of the flagstick is usually the best option.
Hole 6 - Par 5
The second of two back to back par 5ís is a great scoring opportunity. This straight medium length par 5 has a very large fairway with some room to spare on the left. Longer hitters could reach this green in two. A layup to the correct yardage could bring water left into play but if the fairway is found, an approach shot to a large flat green is upcoming. Beware of the large greenside bunker to the right.
Hole 7 - Par 3
This short par 3 plays uphill over the marsh land. A front left bunker partially obscures your view of the green while a run off area will collect shots that stray too far to the right.
Hole 8 - Par 3
This mid-range par 3 requires an accurate iron shot to find the proper level of this two-tiered green. Be careful not to go long as balls can kick down the slope into the hazard.
Hole 9 - Par 4
This dogleg right par 4 favors a fade off the tee. An aggressive drive down the right side will be rewarded with a shorter approach to a green that slopes right to left and is guarded by a bunker in the front left and the lake behind.
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, youíll 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 5
This dogleg left par 5 offers a generous landing area off the tee. The layup is short of the waste area that crosses the gradually narrowing fairway. The green slopes severely from back to front and is guarded by two large bunkers on the right.
Hole 12 - Par 4
This short par 4 values accuracy over distance off the tee as the fairway is well guarded by bunkers on the right and water on the left. Finding the fairway leaves a mid-length approach to a front sloping green that must carry the water on the left and avoid the bunker on the right.
Hole 13 - Par 5
This par-five parallels the Spring Creek Tributary which leads out to Estero Bay. Rarely will the player even attempt to hit the green in two shots as a large bunker protects the front of this long and narrow green. Certain pin placements can make this approach shot a difficult one, but most players will have a little less than 100 yards left when played correctly.
Hole 14 - Par 4
There is more room off of the tee than it may first appear. This fairway is wide and forgiving, however ideal place to hit the tee shot is down the left side. It is important to hit your approach shot onto the correct portion of the green. A putt or chip from back-to-front or front-to back is no bargain.
Hole 15 - Par 4
This dogleg-left par-four provides the player with a classic risk-reward opportunity. The tee shot entices players to challenge the water guarding the left hand side of the hole. Doing so will leave the shortest shot possible to this highly contoured green. Precise distance control is a must in order to have a realistic chance at making birdie.
Hole 16 - Par 3
From the tee, this is perhaps the most demanding par-three on the course. It requires the player to hit a high-soft shot to a narrow green. Missing the green long results in a difficult up-and-down. Par is a great score on the first of back-to-back par-threes.
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
Truly one of the best finishing holes in Southwest Florida. Donít let the beauty of the clubhouse in the background distract you. This long par-four will challenge even the most accomplished player. A well struck tee shot down the left-center of the fairway will put you in position to end the round on a high note. Be careful with your approach, the green slopes severely from left to right.