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Hole 1 - Par 4
The first hole of the Sabal course opens with a short, slight dogleg right. The fairway is very wide and the fairway bunker on the left will only come into play with a wayward tee shot. You will have a mid to short iron for your approach shot into one of the deepest greens on Sabal. You can get off to a great start with 2 well placed shots.
Hole 2 - Par 4
A dogleg left par 4 has water on the left that runs the entire length of the hole. A bunker on the left protects the dogleg but can be carried by the long hitters. Most golfers will have to play to the right of the bunker and be left with long to mid iron into the green. Water lurks around the green so be careful not to hit it long or to the left on your approach.
Hole 3 - Par 3
This par 3 plays slightly uphill and is guarded by a large bunker to the front left of the green. Club selection is important and you may want to take one extra club to account for the uphill. If you miss the green to the left, youíll be left with a very difficult up and down.
Hole 4 - Par 5
From the tee, youíll see a large, inviting fairway. What you wonít see is the long fairway bunker on the right that has a tendency to eat up tee shots. The fairway narrows the closer you get to the green. When you stand over your approach shot and look at the green, youíll think you have less room than you actually do because just a little uphill. Be sure not to go long!
Hole 5 - Par 4
A short dogleg right with water on the right that runs the length of the hole. For really long hitters, this is a great risk-reward hole where a great drive will leave you with a pitch or chip shot into the green. For most golfers, itíll be a driver or fairway wood down the middle and a wedge into the green which is protected by 2 bunkers, one left and one right.
Hole 6 - Par 4
Ranked as the hardest hole on Sabal, this long par 4 can feel like a par 5. A lateral hazard stretches down the left side of the hole. There are a group of fairway bunkers on the right side that can bring a big number into play if you land in one of them. If you get on the green in regulation, you deserve a pat on the back. Par here is a great score and youíll walk away feeling like you made a birdie.
Hole 7 - Par 5
You might think youíd get a break after the last hole but the 7th is another long, demanding hole. This par 5 is long and straight with a large water hazard down the left side and trees down the right. 3 straight shots will get you on the green in regulation with a great opportunity for birdie.
Hole 8 - Par 3
The 8th hole is the only hole on Sabal that does not have any bunkers. In fact, there is very little trouble on this long par 3. Depending on the tees you are playing , a player will hit anything from a fairway wood to a mid iron. The green is 36 paces deep and itís very easy to run a shot on to the dance floor.
Hole 9 - Par 4
The front side finishes with a dogleg left par 4. The dogleg is protected on the left by a group of trees and fairway bunker. The lake on the right does not really come into play off the tee unless you hit a very poor tee shot. The ideal tee shot is just right of the fairway bunker on the left. The further right you go, the longer of an approach shot youíll have into a two tiered green. Itís very important to get your 2nd shot on to the same level as the pin.
Hole 10 - Par 3
The second hole of the ďLake HolesĒ is a great par 3. The lake will only come into play with a miscue off the tee. There is a large bunker to the right of the green and a hazard extends the length of the hole to the left of the cart path. A well struck tee shot will get you on the green in regulation but youíll have to hit it close to have a real chance at birdie.
Hole 11 - Par 5
The longest hole on Sabal is the 11th. This monster is a true 3 shot par 5 and demands accuracy. With a lateral hazard on the left and water on the right, itís very important that you keep your ball in the short grass. Your approach shot into the green can not be missed to the right. There are only 5 yards separating the green from a steep drop-off into the water below.
Hole 12 - Par 4
You finish your trip around the lake with a strong par 4 with a split fairway. The aggressive play is a tee shot down the right side but this play will bring the lake on the right into play. The safe play down the left side will leave you with a longer approach into a green that has three distinct sections to it.
Hole 13 - Par 3
The difficulty of this par 3 all depends on the location of the pin. When the pin is located on the left side of the hole, itís very accessible with no trouble in between the tee and the hole. A pin located on the right side is far more challenging. It is guarded by a large greenside bunker that will swallow any shot that is hit short.
Hole 14 - Par 4
The 14th is a solid par 4 with a very wide fairway that most golfers should be able to hit with no trouble at all. Your second shot will be far more demanding than your tee shot. With a green that slopes from front right to back left, youíll need to be careful not to go long. Shots hit over the green can manage to find a pond that lurks to the left of the back edge of the green.
Hole 15 - Par 5
A straight par 5 that long ball hitters will feast on. There are hazards on both sides of the hole that will only come into play if you make a very bad swing at the ball. The long hitters should have no trouble reaching the green in two. Just be careful of the cluster of bunkers that lie short right of the green.
Hole 16 - Par 4
This short par 4 does not require the use of a driver off the tee. Youíll want to avoid hitting your tee shot to the right where trees and a bunker will make getting your second shot on the green that much more difficult. The green itself slopes from front to back. Approach shot that are hit short of the green will roll back down a hill where youíll be left with a tough chip shot to get up and down.
Hole 17 - Par 3
Your club selection on this par 3 will be based on the position of the pin. The green is 40 paces deep. Players may hit as much as a fairway wood to as little as a mid iron off the tee. Once youíre on the dance floor, this green can be quite a challenge. Be aware of the slopes on the back of the green and the subtle breaks on the front.
Hole 18 - Par 5
The finishing hole of Sabal is the shortest of the par 5s and is a true risk-reward hole. The ideal tee shot is a nice drive down the right side of the fairway. For the long ball hitters, this will leave you with a slightly downhill second shot into a green with two greenside bunkers, one in front and one to the right. Most golfers will hit their second shots to the right of the green and be left with an approach shot of under 100 yards. Good swings and shot selection will lead you to finish off your round with a birdie!