(January 2009) Located off of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and not far from I-75 sits the gated community of Hunter’s Green, a private club that prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere and family amenities. The centerpiece of this community is the Country Club which features a Tom Fazio designed 18-hole championship golf course.
The golf course, originally opened in 1988 is built throughout an area of wetlands and pine flatlands. In 2006 the course underwent a redesign – again by Tom Fazio’s group – and TifEagle greens were installed including in the practice area. In fact, the most difficult green on the entire course is the practice green. The huge undulations and gigantic breaks will have your ready for the course in no time.
Hunter’s Green was designed to be pleasurable for all skill levels of the game. As a result, you will find many wide open fairways leaving a lot of room for error. The greens are VERY large; on some of the holes there can be a two club difference depending upon whether the pin is up front versus in the back. Fairway bunkers are large and well placed – no matter which set of tees you are hitting form they usually come into play.
Number 7: Par 5, 528 yards. Dense woods line the entire left side of the fairway so there is no reason to try and shorten the hole. No matter which tees you play from, your line off the tee is the three palm tee in the distance. Unless you drive the ball over 300 yards, don’t worry about hitting it too far. Keeping your 2nd shot in the fairway is crucial as there are grass bunkers down the right side. Your approach shot is to a large undulating green.
Number 9: Par 4, 382 yards. This dogleg right has water and sand all down the right side which will instantly scare off many golfers. The tendency is to bail out left off the tee; the only problem with that is the large fairway banker at the corner. A good drive will leave about a 100 – 130 yard pitch shot to another large green.
Number 17: Par 4, 401 yards. Carry the fairway bunker on the right side to shorten the hole but beware, your approach shot will be a lot longer than it appears. A huge swale on the right side of the green will sweep a lot of shots towards the middle of the green or shoot them off the back depending on the shot.
Number 18: A slice off the tee is NEVER good – especially on this par 5. Position A off the tee is to split the fairway bunkers. Keep you 2nd shot on the left side of the fairway to open up your approach shot. The green is huge and can prove to be very tricky with a middle left green. With this particular pin placement, take a two put and run.
Keep in mind, Hunter’s Green is a private country club so if you get the opportunity to play; be it with a member or as part of an outing; do it. You will find the pro shop staff very knowledgeable; in fact all of the employees have a smile for you and are willing to help.