(June 2010) Deep Creek Golf Club is located in Punta Gorda, Florida just off I-75, and offers a somewhat short, yet challenging Mark McCumber design. The course plays 6,045 yards from the back tees for a par of 70; the course rating is 67.5 and the slope rating is 112. Deep Creek is a semi-private golf club that opened to the public in 1985. It is an affordable daily fee facility and is open 7 days a week from 7am to 6pm. There are four sets of tees at Deep Creek to allow golfers of all abilities to have a unique and enjoyable golfing experience.
The course is lined with plenty of meandering waterways and a plethora of bunkers to test your sand play. Golfers will love the tranquil setting complete with beautiful flowers and vegetation and plenty of native Florida wildlife. The pro shop is fully stocked and ready to supply any golfing needs. There is also a good sized practice putting green and an “irons only” driving range, so players can warm up before heading out. Walking is permitted after 1 PM.
Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Pro/Blue 6049 68.2 126
Back/White 5395 66.9 120
Mid/Gold 4970 67.9 112
Forward/Red 4880 67.9 112
Number 1: par 5, 557 yards. As you look at the scorecard, you get the idea that there’s not much to this course. That changes as you stand on the back tees on Number 1 and survey the landing area for your tee shot. This is Deep Creek’s toughest hole, a 555-yard, par 5, requiring a tee shot that will avoid the water down the entire right side as well as the woods on the left. This hole poses a tough drive to start the round and it gets tougher; the landing area for your layup shot is very narrow. Your approach is to a relatively flat green that has water short right and long left. Long narrow green is easy to putt.
Number 3: par 4, 395 yards. This is a straight away par 4. Water comes into play on the right side off the tee; from there it opens up to a slightly elevated green.
Number 4: par 4, 338 yards. Standing on the tee you don’t the water at the end of the fairway; with a good drive it easily comes into play. A good drive short of the water leaves a short pitch, over the water to a relatively flat green that features sand on the left side and a few trees and long grass right. This hole offers a great opportunity for birdie.
Number 9: par 5, 524 yards. Dogleg left with out of bounds left; as we found out, the safety net that is there to stop errant tee shots doesn’t really protect anything. Keep your drive right, but not too far right as water comes into play. You will need to hit your layup far enough left to take trees on right out of play for your approach shot. The waste bunker on right side is treacherous; it has tress in it and really prevents any kind of shot at the green other than a lucky punch shot. The small green sits very close to the parking lot; any approach shot hooked left may find cars in the parking lot and that isn’t good. Par is actually a good score on this hole.
Number 10: par 5, 509 yards. This dogleg right par 5 is definitely reachable in two. Beware of the fairway bunkers on the right off the tee. If you go for it in two, try to keep it right. The little brush area on the left can make for an interesting approach shot over, through or around the tree. Oh yeah, be sure to avoid the large, deep bunker in front of the green.
Number 12: par 4, 386 yards. This is a tight driving hole with houses and out of bounds on the left. Conversely, too far right and you’re in the water. The green is fronted by a large, deep bunker and features water short of the green.
Number 16: par 4, 383 yards. This dogleg right can be severely shortened by going over the trees on the right side. There is very little trouble off the tee or anywhere on the hole for that matter. The fairway bunker off tee is not reachable by most mortals.
Number 17: Par 4, 327 yards. On this short par 4, long ball hitters will be tempted to go for the green off the tee. Water down the right side is about 260 yards to carry. Just past the water is a large sand bunker that lies between the water and the green; so you’ll probably need to fly the green off the tee. The green is large with several undulations. Go for it Roy!
Number 18; par 4, 409 yards. A good line off the tee is the lone tree on far side of fairway on this dogleg left. You’ll need to navigate more water on your approach shot as well as the pot bunker on the right. This wide open green slopes gently from back to front.
Last Word: Don’t let the “par 70” fool you. This course is designed to challenge your course management skills. The yardage on the scorecard and on the hole markers is questionable on a lot of holes although the 150 yard markers are accurate. This can lead to unnecessarily hitting driver off the tee when all that is needed is a hybrid. It has been voted one of the best golf courses in Charlotte County year after year. Golfers will encounter water throughout the course and strategically placed bunkers – so patience and a good grasp on how to manage the course is essential. Just when you are lulled into believing they are free and clear, a new challenge is sure to come their way.
You can book tee times online at www.deepcreekgc.com; also be sure to check out the online specials. Or, you can give them a call at 941 625-6911