PGA National Resort - The Fazio
Matt Denzer, Senior Leadbetter Certified Instructor
1 The main decision on this par five is how aggressive do you want to be on your drive. The safe play is at the bunker in the distance, the bold play is to try and carry the water on the left. If you are successful at carrying the water getting home in two should be no problem.
2 Fit your drive in between the bunkers on the left and right and you will be faced with a short to mid-iron. This is one of the most challenging greens on the course with three separate levels.
3 On this severe dog-leg to the right, be sure to either stay to the left of the fairway bunker or take enough club to go over it. Careful shots hit too far off the tee can roll into the trees on the opposite side of the bunker.
4 One of the most challenging holes on the course. Take your time to hit a good drive on this hole as a good tee shot in play is crucial. From the fairway keep your second shot left of the fairway bunker, it’s a much longer carry over the bunker than it looks. Short on the third is better than over as it will leave an easy chip uphill to the green.
5 For this short par three, keep your tee shot right of the greenside bunkers. Shots to the left in the bunkers will leave you a very difficult up and down.
6 The key to the sixth hole is to avoid the water on your drive and second shot. The best play on the drive is a slight draw off the fairway bunker. This will leave you a mid-iron shot to a severe three-tier green.
7 One of the best par threes on the property. Here you will be faced with a long-iron to fairway wood depending on the wind. Green side bunkers to the left and right present potential problems.
8 Hole eight is a long difficult par four. Finding the fairway off the tee is the key. If you can hit your drive far enough you can get a few extra yards as the fairway slopes downward. The green has several levels, be sure not to go long on your second shot as it will leave a nearly impossible up and down.
9 A short to medium-length par four. Keep your drive down the left hand side to give you the best angle into the green. The green is relatively level and should give you a good shot at a birdie.
10 Welcome to the back nine, this slight dogleg left par four is pretty generous off the tee. Anything down the right hand side will leave you a short to mid iron into the green. Pay close attention to the slope here as putts break more than you may think.
11 A new tee box has added some teeth to this now more difficult par four. Fit your drive between the bunkers on the right and the out of bounds on the left. This will leave you a mid-iron to a medium sized green. Missing the green to the right will leave you with an easier up and down compared to the bunkers on the left.
12 A reachable par five with a good drive. The key here will be your second shot. The bold play will be a fairway wood over the bunkers and water. The smart play is to layup to the right, just make sure to stay short of the fairway bunker down the right hand side.
13 On this medium length par three everything is in front of you. Avoid the water left and the bunkers right. A good mid-iron should leave you with a birdie opportunity.
14 The best play here on this medium length par four is a slight draw off the right hand side. The green will present the biggest challenge with two severe tiers. Chipping and pitching around this green is difficult as the green is slightly elevated.
15 Depending on the wind this can be a great risk reward hole. If the hole plays down wind see if you can carry the water and get close to the green. The safe play is a drive down the left and then a short iron to a large green.
16 The longest par three on the course. Take your hybrid or fairway wood and try to find the surface on this difficult hole. Walking away with a par is a good accomplishment.
17 Shaping your drive around the fairway bunkers on the left will give you the best view of the reminder of the hole. Be sure to lay up short of the water on your second and pay very close attention to the direction of your third as any shot a little left can roll down the slope on the side of the green.
18 A great ending to the day. This difficult par four requires a precise long drive to avoid the bunkers and water. From here, hit one of your best mid-irons of the day to this two tiered green. Avoid the bunkers and you can walk away with a good par to end your day.