Golfweek's 2016 Best Courses You Can Play in Florida - No. 10
Placing players on the brink of the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Ocean Course is a shining example of oceanfront golf perfection.
This top 100 golf course not only winds along pristine wetlands and sparkling lakes, but also plays six holes directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The course concludes with a thrilling finale dubbed "The Bear Claw" — a collection of four daunting holes precariously edging the sweeping coastline. The Ocean Course received a ranking as one of Florida's Top 5 courses. This course is truly "Florida's Ocean Course".
The Ocean Course is currently undertaking extensive restoration work, which is being undertaken in conjunction with Nicklaus Design, includes re-grassing all fairways, greens and rough with the salt-tolerant Platinum Paspalum as well as reconstructing each tee box, bunker and green complex. The course is scheduled for Grand re-opening in October 2017. Please stay tuned for more details of this exciting update!
About Jack Nicklaus
No name is more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than Jack Nicklaus, and no single person has changed the face of the sport more than he - the player, the designer, and the goodwill ambassador. With a total of 20 major titles (including two U.S. Amateur victories), Nicklaus is the only golfer ever to win each of the four professional major titles - U.S. Open, Open Championship (or British Open), Masters, and PGA Championship - at least three times each. The Golden Bear, as he's known throughout the golf world, brought his unique perspective and design acumen to Hammock BeachSM Resort and has built a course destined to become a classic.
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Jack Nicklaus' Ocean Course : Hole-by-hole
Par 4 | 380 yards
Leery of the bunkers guarding the right side, smart players will try to hit down the right center of this fairway. The second shot will be to an elevated green guarded by a bunker on the left and a grass hollow on the right.
Par 5 | 540 yards
A smart tee shot will favor the middle of the fairway on this par five. With a good view for the second shot, try to avoid the pot bunkers on the left side of the second landing area. Two bunkers guard the front of this green and a grass hollow will catch any long approach shots.
Par 4 | 414 yards
The ideal tee shot will land in the right half of this fairway, avoiding the bunkers in the landing area. The approach shot will have to carry a landform guarding the left side of the green with numerous bunkers set in.
Par 3 | 192 yards
Accuracy with an iron is the key to this par three. Generous movement throughout this green will make it a challenge to keep the ball where it lands. A wayward shot will end up in the either the water or one of the numerous bunkers guarding this green.
Par 4 | 434 yards
To set up the second shot to this gently rolling green, the smart player will favor the left side of the fairway off the tee while avoiding the lake. A birdie is a definite possibility here.
Par 5 | 526 yards
Reaching this green in two will require a big tee shot. The tee shot is framed by water and waste bunker on the left and a bunker complex on the right. A drive ending up in the fairway will be a green light to go for this peninsula green in two.
Par 4 | 431 yards
An accurate tee shot is a necessity on this par four. A small landing area is guarded by trees and the largest lake on the property. This smallish green is guarded by bunkers and grass hollows.
Par 3 | 185 yards
The player will have to account for the wind on this par three playing toward the Atlantic Ocean. The elevated green will require the player to avoid three deep bunkers on the right side and a small pot bunker guarding the left side of this wind swept green.
Par 4 | 437 yards
Looking for par on this oceanside hole will take the player down the safe route along the left side of the fairway. The big hitter, hoping to make 3, will try to carry the bunker on the right side, leaving a short approach into this elevated green. Deep bunkers and grass hollows will catch the wayward approach shot.
Out, Par 36, 3539 yards
Par 5 | 522 yards
Most will go for this green in two, avoiding the bunker down the left side off the tee, and trying to end up on the same level as the hole in this multi-tiered green. Four bunkers guard the green and the landing area for the second shot.
Par 4 | 384 yards
The player will have two options on this par four. Playing to the right of the center fairway bunker leaves a longer approach shot to a small, undulating green guarded by water and sand. Playing to the left of the center bunker has a different angle into this green and a shorter distance to carry.
Par 3 | 213 yards
The longest of the par threes, be careful to avoid the water and sand along the left side of this hole. There is room to bail out on the right, but a back right pin position will create quite a challenge for those choosing that route.
Par 4 | 433 yards
The big hitters will take their tee shot over the left side fairway bunker for the best approach angle into this green. Be careful to avoid a large bunker in front and grass hollows to the right and behind this green.
Par 5 | 551 yards
This par five offers a choice while standing on the tee. Favoring the left side will result in a longer route to the green. Going down the right side will present a chance at getting home in two, but with the risk of ending up in the pond that guards the right side of this hole. Water guards the front of this green as well.
Par 4 | 432 yards
This uphill par four is one of the most challenging holes on the back nine. Avoid the bunkers to the right off the tee, and be aware of two dune elevations in front of this elevated green set along the Atlantic Ocean.
Par 4 | 399 yards
Choose a line off this tee and trust it. This dogleg left bends around a lake with water guarding the left side of the green and a deep run off guarding the right side of this crowned green. The player's short game will be tested if the approach shot is missed right.
Par 3 | 174 yards
This short par three of water is the easiest of the back nine. Hitting toward the Atlantic Ocean, distraction may be seventeen's greatest risk. This hole should yield birdie to more often than bogey.
Par 4 | 466 yards
The player will favor the left center of the fairway off the tee. Missing the drive to the right will result in a longer approach to an elevated green. The green is guarded by the dune to the left, a bunker front left, and grass hollows around the right and behind this green.
In, Par 36, 3,574 yards
Total, Par 72, 7,113 yards