The Championship Stadium Course allows for maximum gallery enjoyment from the many hills dotted along the broad fairways. Designed by Florida’s own Ron Garl, with PGA TOUR player, Mike Souchack, as consultant, the par 72 Stadium Course rewards shot making more than length and features undulating greens that rise and fall as players approach the signature 9th and 18th holes. With its generous landing areas surrounded by huge spectator vantage points, the Stadium Course is a Member and Guest favorite. Playing to 6,927 yards from the tips of the back tees, it is just about as much golf course as any player can enjoy.
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Architect: Ron Garl
General Manager: Bob Holzman, PGA
Head Golf Professional: Kevin Swan, PGA, C.P
This hole is a straight away 396 yard par 4 that features a large bunker on the right side protecting the fairway, since the optimum tee shot is to the right, this huge bunker definitely gives the player an intimidating tee shot right off the bat. The green runs a little left to right, making the right side of the fairway the best place to approach from.
Players who get it going early will find the second hole a good chance to jump ahead. The 512 yard par 5 is reachable in two for who’s willing to take their tee shot right to left and challenge the water. Pull the shot and you’re wet, looking at bogey or worse. Hit it long and an eagle is a possibility.
Tee shots on the 416 yard par 4 must stay right to avoid a blocked approach into the relatively unprotected flat green. A stand of trees intrudes the fairway on the left side, making a hooked drive the absolute wrong place to be. This is the second toughest hole on the front nine and is the longest par 4 on this side.
The first par 3 on the course is a 167 yards surrounded by water on three sides. Depending on the pin placement and the wind direction, anywhere from a four-iron to a seven-iron will be used to get the tee shot close on the two tiered green.
Shrewd players will use a three metal or a long iron off the tee at the 390 yard par 4 fifth hole. The shorter club will provide a more accurate shot in order to avoid the enormous waste bunker covering the right side. An accurate tee shot will leave only a short iron approach into a rather well protected green that’s surrounded by five sand bunkers.
A big tee shot over the grouped bunkers on the left side make going for the green in two very inviting at the 545 yard par 5 sixth hole. However, a large waste bunker looms on the left side of the fairway, as well as a greenside bunker on the same side, making the task much more difficult. A conservative right side tee shot will leave a fairly easy lay-up, setting up a simple short wedge to the green. A lot of birdies will be made here.
This hole may have a big green, but the 192 yard par 3 is still tough because the swirling winds. Most players will be hitting a long iron into the second par 3 on the front side. With the pin tucked way back to the left side, par is a good score.
The toughest par 4 on the front nine is by far this one with 419 yards. Another tee shot that relies on players to pull the string and pay up with a fairway metal or flat iron. This hole plays as a dogleg right with a lake threatening on the right and the fairway becoming narrow on the left. Tee shots that find the fairway leave a mid-iron approach into a green that can be a menace if the pin is cut on the left side. Par’s a good score here.
The final hole of the front nine is a dogleg left around a lake that will have the big dogs salivating trying to cut off a lot of the corner. Because of the myriad of landing areas based on player’s length and nerve, the 363 yard par 4 ninth is a fan favorite. Short-iron approaches become touchy because the green slopes right to left, toward the water, and is surrounded by a wooden bulkhead. Miss the green left and players are looking at bogey where a birdie seemed to be most probably.
The more difficult back nine begins with a dogleg left that definitely tests the player’s finesse. Those who hit their tee shots too long on the 363 yard par 4 10th will find a large waste bunker through the fairway. A good three-metal hit with a high draw will end up perfectly for a short-iron approach into a green that’s shaped like a boomerang, leaving an endless variety of pin placements.
This hole is TPC Prestancia’s hardest hole with 435 yards and a par 4. The narrow fairway requires a bomb of a drive down the left side, avoiding a ditch 150 yards away from the green and out of bounds markers on both sides. A long tee shot will leave a mid-length iron on approach, but those who don’t get all their drivers will be looking at long irons into a relatively flat green.
Danger lurks at the enticing 545 yard par 5 12th hole. Long and narrow, the 12th has water running down the left side of the fairway and a cluster of trees come into play, along with a larger bunker on the right. The trouble on the right comes into play off the tee shot, but an accurate second shot could be enough to reach this par 5 in two. Any lay ups will find a large landing area that will require only a short iron into the large green that features a large bunker behind the green for those who are overzealous with their approach shots.
The tee shot at the 198 yard par 3 13th hole is out of a chute of trees toward the expansive, sloping green. The bunker on the left will grab any smothered tee shots and make par here a real test of the player’s short game.
The 435 yard 14th is a par 4 that plays long enough to require a colossal tee shot, yet a big enough dogleg right to make players hit an accurate tee shot. Any shot that is left of the tee will roll through the fairway finding one of two waste areas. Any shot too far right of center will find another. Good drives will leave a short iron to a green protected by a sand bunker on the left.
The dice get thrown at the 525 yard par 5 15th hole. Players may elect to fire their tee shot across the lake on the left in order to set up a shot to reach the long and deep green in two. The safer route is to play conservatively down the center and hit a second shot to the right of the green into a large landing area, leaving only a short iron into the big green. Eagle threes to tens has been scored here. The hole is the beginning of a great group of closing holes.
The 16th hole is a 169 yard par 3 that features a sloped green surrounded by a bulkhead. It’s either get it close or nothing here with something between a five-iron and an eight-iron, depending on the wind conditions. There is no bailout area for those shots forced off line, and bogey or worse, is inevitable.
The 17th hole is probably the toughest tee shot on the course. It’s also a pivotal hole when it comes to winning or losing a tournament. The landing area off the tee is very narrow, with a large bunker to the right of the fairway and dense trees to the left. Long irons are the play into the large, undulating green of this 418 yard par 4. Leaders and challengers alike will take par here and get on with it.
The finishing hole is a 381 yard par 4 that features a two tiered fairway and a green fronted by a lake with a bulkhead. The approach shot is variable based on the length of the tee shot. Anything hit too far right off the tee will be blocked by a stand of trees. A high, short iron is the ticket to avoid the large gaping bunker in front of the green. The 18th is a true test of golf, as every shot on the way to the Clubhouse must be executed precisely. It’s a true mark of a tournament player champion.
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