It’s Florida and the ocean is close by, somehow it’s a golf course that has the Golden Bear written all over it.
Credit the ownership of the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast for bringing the game of golf’s greatest player to design a course on the ocean in golf crazy Florida.
The Ocean Course at the Hammock Beach Resort is a Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf course. While the tips play at 7,201 yards to a rating of 75.5 and a slope of 144, those numbers could be higher if you catch the course on a day where the wind howls in off the ocean. The six holes on the course where the ocean come into play, are more than any other course in Florida.
Your day at the course starts by arriving at the clubhouse where a friendly staff greets you by taking your clubs. Once your settled in, you take your cart over to the full-sized driving range. Behind you some hundred and 125 yards away you hear the sound of the ocean rolling up on the beach. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean while you practice on the putting green.
The golf course starts off be heading inland through the property and home or condos that sit along the golf course. While you might not see the ocean for the first seven holes, you will see plenty of water as you navigate your way around the course.
More of the water comes into play on the front nine after the first hole. For those of you who worry about long water carries, there are not many of those those. Most of the water runs along the sides of the holes.
When you reach the 8th and 9th holes you can hear and then see the ocean. While pace of play is important, do bring your camera’s. You will want a shot or two of these holes and a group photo.
The back nine starts by taking you away from the ocean, but several holes wrap around small ponds, until you reach the 15th hole with the ocean coming back into view behind the green. The 16th hole has ocean views from the tee box, the par 3 17th hole has ocean views the entire hole. The par 4, 18th hole much like the 9th, runs along the ocean taking you back into the clubhouse.
The par 3, 8th hole and the par 3 17th hole will get most of the attention because they have the ocean views. But the par 3,12th hole that can play 225 yards from the tips, has a green that is flanked on three sides by water and will give any golfer a memorable tee shot.
Nicklaus designed the course with five sets of tee’s so the course is enjoyable for golfers of any skill level. The front tee’s sit at 5,115 yards.
When you have finished your round, why not enjoy your 19th hole with great food and favorite beverage at the Atlantic Grill on the second floor of the clubhouse, complete with views of the golf course and the ocean. The pro shop on the first floor is completely stocked with a full line of great golf apparel and more.
Several national golf publication have rated the course on their best in state or resort course lists. It has been rated in the top 50 best courses in the country for women.
For more information on the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort, call the clubhouse at (386)-447-4611 or the resort at (386)-246-5500. Online visit HammockBeach.com.