Hole by Hole


Hole by Hole

1 | Olive Corner | Par 4 | 446 yards

The opening shot of the round is very generous. The fairway is slightly downhill and very wide, guarded by bunkers on both sides. All players should favour the right side if they want a comfortable shot into the green. The left trap protecting the green is very demanding so try to play safe when the pin is on the left side.

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2 | The Peregrine Falcon | Par 4 | 358 yards

This hole is short but should not be taken lightly. Bunkers frame the fairway, at times an iron from the tee is a very smart play. The green is slightly elevated and has two platforms. Beware of the bunkers that protect the green, they are very deep and have great contours.

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3 | Green Gateway | Par 5 | 492 yards

This long par 5 is straight and very well protected by a huge bunker that runs along the left side of the fairway. A beautiful tree guards the left side of the landing area from the tee. Always try to position the second shot away from the big bunker and try to leave yourself a comfortable wedge from the left side of the fairway. The green is elevated and very visible since the flag stands out and waves on skyline. The long hitter can reach this green in two, but his second shot must be accurate, as the entrance to the green is narrow and surrounded by trouble.

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4 | The Purple Heron | Par 4 | 407 yards

A dogleg left, this is one of the shortest par 4s on the course. It is also one of the most distinctive drive-and-pitch holes a golfer could wish for. The perfect drive should carry the bunkers on the left-hand side of the fairway (238 meters from the back tee). From the landing area on the left side of the fairway only a short iron is needed but a `deep-bunker´ on the right and a tree on the left protect the green. When the pin is “tucked” behind the bunker, the shot becomes a true challenge. The green is fairly large, has a ridge down the middle, and slopes gently from front to back.

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5 | White Storks | Par 5 | 579 yards

From the back tee this is probably one of the course´s most difficult holes. A long and accurate tee shot is demanded, since the fairway is very narrow and the landing area is protected by “Out of Bounds”. The approach shot to the elevated green is also difficult, since three frontal bunkers guard the putting surface. Only long hitters can go for this green in two. Always favour the right side to avoid the traps and contours on the narrow entrance.

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6 | The Chameleon | Par 3 | 218 yards

The longest par 3 on the course has a large and slightly sinuous green, but it settles into the hillside, with fall-away slopes on the left and back, protected by three bunkers. A shot missed to the left will leave the player with a very difficult pitch. There is also trouble to the right of the green. A deep grassy pocket, backed by a boggy area awaits pushed shots.

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7 | Tough Hole | Par 4 | 456 yards

This is a very tough dogleg left. The preferred shot from the tee is to carry the edge of the lake which stands 221 meters from the back tee. A good tee shot will allow the player to have a clear shot to the green. Try to avoid the right and side of the fairway – it is well protected by bunkers and the hole will become much longer. The green is quite flat but well protected by traps and contours. Par on this hole feels like a birdie.

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8 | The Blackbird | Par 3 | 168 yards

This is the shortest par 3 on the course. The view from the tee is fantastic. The player has a short iron to the green but a very large bunker awaits any wayward shots. The green is huge and three puts are frequent. The main difficulty of this hole lies in the many tricky pin positions available. Regardless of the short length of this par 3, it is still a tricky hole to play and players must focus on the various breaks of the green.

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9 | The Carob | Par 4 | 442 yards

This is one of the most difficult par 4s. it´s long with an elevated green. The naturalized bunkers (waste areas) on both sides of the fairway require a straight and accurate drive. When attacking the green, beware of the two small but inhospitable bunkers on the right side and the Carob tree on the left. The green slopes slightly from front to back and from right to left. This hole is another example of Palmer´s brilliance when designing this course – every detail can cost the player an extra shot.

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 10 | The Mirage | Par 4 | 406 yards

The undulating fairway creates the illusion that this 406 yards hole is shorter than it actually is. Sometimes, an iron or 3 wood is a good idea from the tee. Length is not vital but accuracy with the tee shot is very important. Avoid the bunkers on both sides of the fairway and aim for the middle of the green to avoid trouble. The bunker on the left side of the green is a real tough one to get out of.

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 11 |  The Mallard | Par 4 | 385 yards

This is the first hole of “Victoria Corner”. It´s a slight dogleg left with a huge lake running along the left side of the entire hole. The tee shot is simply spectacular, the landing area is tight and the bunkers on the right do not leave much room for those who try to avoid the water on the left. So an accurate and straight drive is required. When the pin is hidden on the left side, the second shot becomes much more difficult. There is no room for error since the green is also protected by a beach bunker. The green is very demanding with several difficult breaks and slopes.

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12 |  Roman Ruins | Par 4 | 547 yards

The second hole of “Victoria Corner” is also one of the most beautiful on the course. The strategy will vary according to the player´s skills. The tee shot leaves no room for mistakes with the water on the left and the huge bunker on the right. The safe route is to lay up with the second shot short of the lake or on the right side of the fairway leaving a comfortable short iron approach to the pin. This hole allows long hitters to go for the green in two but the green is hard, making difficult to spot the ball from running into the water hazard on the back left. This is a great challenge for players of every level.

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13 | The Purple Gallinule | Par 3 | 200 yards

The third hole of “Victoria Corner” has a spectacular view from the tee and has a complete view of the beach bunkers that encroach right up to the green surface. Though large, this green is difficult, with an upper tier at the back that falls towards the front and right. The target area, therefore is small. The green can accommodate some tough pin placements for championship play. Missing right leaves a very difficult up and down chance. Without doubt, the most demanding of the entire Par 3s on the course.

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14 | Double Fairway | Par 4 | 424 yards

This one of the most beautiful holes on the course. It has two fairways, separated by a waterline and waterfalls, with two ways of playing the hole. Go for the left fairway and there´s only a small bunker, but the second shot becomes longer and difficult. The elevated green, water hazard and stone wall bordering the green make this a true challenge. The right fairway is reserved for long hitters. It´s wide but you must fly the lake which is 200 meters away. The reward is a shorter and more comfortable second shot. The green is very fast but with true breaks.

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15 | Kestrel | Par 4 | 315 yards

This is the shortest par 4 on the course. A relatively easy hole without any great difficulties except for the green configuration. A huge bunker on the right of the landing area protecs the fairway. Normally, only a short iron is required for the second shot. Beware of the depression before the green as well as the deep bunker in front – it gets difficult when playing from there. The green has two platforms and lends itself to some very difficult pin positions.

 

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16 |  The Azure Magpie | Par 3 | 208 yards

This is a long Par 3, which is well protected by bunkers. A very accurate shot is required in order to reach the green from the tee. The green is fairly large, has a ridge down the middle and slopes gently from front to back. Study the contours carefully before taking your putt.

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17 |  Victoria Falls | Par 5 | 589 yards

This is an Arnold Palmer masterpiece. Considered the “signature hole” it is the longest on the course with a total of 12 water cascades bordering the right side of the hole, plus several bunkers bordering the fairway. The approach to the green, which is surrender by water, is extremely difficult. Those who are tempted to reach the green in two will have to be extremely precise, since, this is the smallest green on the course. There is simply no room for mistakes.

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18 |  The Kingfisher | Par 4 | 463 yards

With no doubt this is the most difficult and longest par 4 on the course. A water hazard borders the left side of the fairway and several bunkers protect the right side. The tee shot must be long and accurate if you want to putt for birdie. The second shot is usually against the wind so it can become a real challenge. The green has the potential for some complicated pin placements. One of golf´s greatest finishing holes. A true work of art from Arnold Palmer

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