Since opening in 1994, Fox Hollow Golf Club became an instant hit for amateurs and professionals alike along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., it has been compared to such local favorites as Innisbrook and Tampa Palms. Fox Hollow can play as short as 4454 yards for ladies or as long as 7136 from the tips. This semi-private club has a rating of 75.1 and a slope rating of 137; par is 71. There are six sets of tees on every hole, making Fox Hollow enjoyable for golfers of all levels.
Fox Hollow’s unique layout features huge bunkers (76 in all), rolling fairways, as well as greens that are both oversized and multi-tiered. Water comes into play on virtually every hole on the back nine. Fox Hollow does indeed have a “hollow;” it’s a restored cypress bog that has been built into a 15-acre horseshoe-shaped lake. Hole numbers 1, 2, 10 and 18 surround the lake. All 18 greens as well as the practice putting green utilize SeaDwarf Seashore Paspalum turf. Presently, this grass is only used at Old Collier and Naples National, in Naples, The Gasparilla Inn and Resort and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Wildlife is fairly abundant on the course as well. Don’t be surprised if wild turkeys, alligators, deer, and bobcats cross your path during play.
Number 3: Par 4, 451 yards. This hole is the number 1 handicap, and rightfully so! The hole is fairly straight with a narrow landing area for tee shots. Even a good drive will still leave a long iron/hybrid to a well elevated, narrow green that slopes from back to front. Take a par and run.
Number 4: Par 5, 522 yards. A true risk/reward hole, although the risk greatly outweighs reward. For most golfers, this hole is not reachable in two. A long, sharp dogleg left that requires a drive over water; feel free to cut off as much as you dare. Be sure to keep your 2nd shot right to avoid the water that spans the entire length of the fairway but beware of the fairway bunkers. Your approach shot is to a long, narrow green that is well elevated and features a lot of undulation. There is a crown on the right side of the green that can lead to some interesting putts.
Number 15: Par 5, 560 yards. Another risk/reward par 5 hole. This huge dogleg right winds around a large lake. In the event that you are feeling lucky and are not afraid of the water long ball hitters can get home in two with a drive that lands down by the edge of the water. For those of us who are hydrophobic, play the drive out to the left and have a relatively easy layup shot. Your approach shot will be relatively short to an elevated, undulating green.
Number 17: Par 4, 469 yards (that’s right, 469 yards, par 4). This is a VERY long par 4 that offers a very generous landing area off the tee – that’s the good news. Even if you hit a long drive and avoid the fairway bunker on the left side, odds are you will still have a VERY long approach shot. Tee shots that stray right will likely leave you with a side hill lie. The green is well elevated (almost uphill) with a massive bunker in front, left of the green.
Number 18: Par 4, 459 yards. A really good finishing hole that will test your accuracy from tee to green. First, you must navigate the water off the tee; a good drive will still leave a long iron/hybrid to the green. Be careful of the water on your approach shot; it juts out from the left side. The approach shot is to a pretty large green which slopes back to front and is guarded by a large, deep bunker in front. It may not be the number one handicap however eighteen is arguably the course’s signature hole.
When you look at Fox Hollow’s scorecard, you will notice the huge difference in yardage between the front and back nines; the front nine is nearly 350 yards shorter at 3398. On the back nine, three par 4’s are over 459 yards, both par 5’s are over 550, and one par 3 is well over 200 yards.
Wherever your game is at, you will find your round at Fox Hollow quite enjoyable. Everyone from the attendants that take your bag when you pull in, to the pro shop staff, starter, and cart girl will have a smile for you.
Fox Hollow is currently offering some specials on membership. One-time initiation fees have been reduced to $1500 with annual dues of $2021.25 payable in two installments. Unlike most Florida courses, Fox Hollow is easy to walk; many members take advantage of this.
Be sure to visit them online at www.golfthefox.com or give them a call at 727-376-6333.