The 18-hole Meadow Oaks golf course in Hudson, Florida plays 6,016 yards from the back tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 67.6 and has a slope rating of 118 on Bermuda grass. The course was designed by William W. Amick and opened for play in 1985. The front nine winds through majestic oak trees with water coming into play on seven holes on the inward nine. The owners and grounds crew work tirelessly to keep the course in great condition; the greens feature Jones-Dwarf grass, a hearty strain of Bermuda grass, perfect for Florida’s hot weather. There are four tee boxes at Meadow Oaks, making at playable of golfers of all skills and abilities.
Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6001 69.2 121
Blue 5387 66.6 117
Red 4566 66.3 114
Number 1: Par 4, 395 yards. This may be one of the few holes on the course that actually plays to the length on the score card. The hole favors a left to right tee shot; make sure you keep it far enough to the left so you don’t get blocked out by trees on the right. The tee shot can be somewhat intimidating and requires a lot of control or trouble is easy to find.
Number 9: Par 4, 410 yards. This dogleg right requires an accurate tee shot; you need to keep it on the left side of the fairway or risk going in the woods. Anything on the right side can possible leave you blocked out for your approach shot. The fairway bunker on the left is definitely reachable off the tee. A good drive will set up a medium length tee shot into a small green, guarded on the left by a bunker. Par is a good score here.
Number 12: Par 5, 490 yards. This is probably the most mismarked yardage in the course; there is no way I should be able to hit driver 5-iron to the green on a 500 yard par 5. In order to play this hole successfully, your tee shot should favor the right side of the fairway; not too far right or you may very well find the bunker. From there you will have a downhill approach shot to a small, elevated green protected on the right side by a bunker. A definite birdie opportunity!
Number 14: Par 5, 545 yards. Another par 5 that is reachable in two; all you need is an accurate tee shot. Favor the left side of the fairway off the tee; that will take the trees and fairway bunkers on the right out of play. The fairway bunker on the left should not come into play. From there you will have an open, uphill shot into a small green protected on the left side by a bunker. This hole presents another great opportunity for birdie.
Number 17: Par 5, 545 yards. To me, this should be the signature hole. Off the tee, you are confronted by water on the left that is definitely reachable with driver. Your tee shot should favor the right center of the fairway. From there you will have a choice. If you decide to go for it in two, beware of the water left; there is also a fairway bunker on that side as well. If you are laying up, play on the right side and short, that will take the bunkers out of play. The green is fairly small and elevated so bump and run is not really an option. Par is good.
Number 18: Par 4, 290 yards. Yet another hole that plays considerably shorter than the stated yardage; you can easily get on with driver or three wood. Don’t worry about the water; it shouldn’t come into play at all. Birdie or, quite possibly eagle is a great way to finish up.
Last word: The course is definitely a lot shorter than the yardage stated; many of the yardages on the tee markers are not even the same as that on the score card. That said, it really doesn’t impact your game. The 150 yard markers are accurate, which is what matters most. The staff is very friendly and the beer is cold, and cheap. Meadow Oaks is a great chance to boost your ego. Treat it like a practice round; use it to tune up your irons and short game. The greens are in great shape and very puttable. There is a full sized driving range, two chipping greens and practice putting green.
For more information on Meadow Oaks, visit their website at www.meadowoakscountryclub.com or give them a call at 7272 856-2878.