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Beginner Golf Tips from The Plantation's Golf Professional Mark Newton
Are you a beginner golfer? Here are a few tips from our recent Ladies Rookies Clinic. Mark Newton, one of our amazing golf professionals explains how to take a full swing with an iron. Thanks for tips Mark...we'll be on every green in two in no time!




MEDIA & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION WITH BILLY HORSCHEL

On October 22, 2016, The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach unveiled its renovated golf course to members of the media and the greater Jacksonville community with PGA TOUR Professional/Plantation Member, Billy Horschel and golf course Architect, Greg Letsche. Take a look at a clip below from PGA TOUR Live and enjoy another fun video showcasing the day which was created by Plantation Member, Brian Lunsford. 


  

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GOLF COURSE RENOVATION INFORMATION
The goal of the renovation  project was is to preserve the fundamental characteristics of the original design, while incorporating new technology and accommodating current trends so the course is as relevant to today’s golfers as the original course was to the golfers of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  

Several key enhancements are expected to improve the overall playing experience, including:

·         a greater variety of tees

·         new greens built to USGA standards

·         an expanded game development center

·         an augmented drainage system

·         a new, state-of-the-art irrigation system

·         and the latest generation capillary bunker liner system

Woven in alongside these structural upgrades, is evidence of Letsche’s creativity, for which he has gained acclaim for his work as lead architect for Ernie Els design. Letsche thoughtfully and gently modified The Plantation course’s overall topography to improve drainage, enhance sight lines and create visual cues with bunkers, trees and mounding to indicate the optimal path from tee to green. In keeping with the original design philosophy, Letsche provided bail-out areas to save slightly errant shots, however the course remains unforgiving of  a poorly hit attack shot which likely will end up in a penalizing bunker or the water.


GOLF COURSE FACTS

·         Par 72

·         7,141 yards

·         5 tee boxes (Plus two hybrid options, forward and family tees)

·         $7.0M invested

·         2,275 sprinkler heads

·         167,660 feet/31.8 miles of irrigation piping

·         130 acres of turf

·         7,837 tones of greens mix

·         7,200 feet/1.4 miles of stone bulkheads

·         110,350 square feed of bunker area

·         289 catch drainage basins

·         85,394 labor hours



THE TEAM
Director of Golf, Nancy Maunder, a former LPGA player and award-winning golf instructor, leads a team of talented golf professionals ready to help members enjoy every round of golf. A quick stop at our Pro Shop and you’ll see the latest in golf wear and equipment. It is no wonder why The Plantation players are always dressed to the nines.

Fred Theus, Superintendent of Grounds, insures golfers beautiful surrounds and a perfectly manicured course, if not always a low scoring round. The PGA and LPGA professionals who are often in the neighborhood, frequently remark that playing a round of golf at The Plantation is akin to playing on some of the best courses they play on their respective tours.

HOLE BY HOLE BEFORE & AFTER OVERVIEW


  • Hole 1
    • Hole one plays from left to right with bunkers right and left. Bunkers carried right will give the longer player an opportunity to reach the green in two. The second landing area has bunkers right and a grass hollow left which set up the green which angles right to left. The green is protected with a grass hollow right, bunker left and middle splash bunker.


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  • Hole 2
    • The mounds on the right side are softened and it is envisioned to also have a bunker positioned in it. This may seem too difficult, but by lowering the left side of the fairway the design improves the view to the green and bunker face. Driving to the left side of the fairway will reward the golfer even though the golfer will have to hit across the water. The green is protected with a grass hollow right and bunker left.

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  • Hole 3
    • Hole three plays over water to a green angled slightly right. The right pin is protected with a bunker and the left pin with a grass hollow. The back of the green is defined with a splash bunker.


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  • Hole 4
    • Hole four plays left to right with water down the right side of the hole and a single bunker left at the landing area. The design will soften the slope of the fairway so that well-executed drives should not repel into the water. A tee shot played close to the waters edge will offer the player an improved angle to the left pin of the green. The green is guarded with bunkers right and left. 

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  • Hole 5
    • By reshaping the fairway contours in the first landing area, well-executed drives should not repel into the water. Playing down the right side of the hole offers the player the shortest distance to the second landing area. The second landing area has bunkers right and left. The very difficult bunker on the left, which called for a low trajectory shot, has been removed. The shot carried over the bunker right will offer the player an improved angle into the green. The green has bunkers right, middle and back.


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  • Hole 6
    • Hole six plays right to left with fairway bunkers left and right. The fairway bunkers were added to help create shot values in terms of risk / reward.  The bunkers will be pleasing to the eye and help “create” movement as the golfer moves from tee to green. A well-placed tee shot carrying the bunkers left offer the player the shortest distance to the green. The green is angled right to left. The green is guarded with bunkers right and left.


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  • Hole 7
    • Hole seven is surrounded with a tree canopy. Three bunkers enclose the green. The green will be tricky to read with the green breaking in three directions. This is the only Par 3 hole that is not on a body of water. The highest elevation on this hole is the green. It will have a “Pinehurst” feel.

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  • Hole 8
    • Hole eight plays through a tree lined corridor right to left. The drive played down the left side of the hole offers the player an opportunity to a guarded back right pin. The green is also protected with a bunker front right. Some additional yardage has been added to the back tee and the overall feel of the hole is a smooth sweeping motion left to right.


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  • Hole 9
    • Hole nine plays left to right. Bunkers support the left side of the fairway. Carrying the trees right allows the player a better angle into the green. Water right and bunker left protect the right protect the green. The overall design objective is to create a bold approach to the green by positioning the green at the lake banks edge. 


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  • Hole 10
    • Hole ten plays right to left. The landing area is guarded with bunkers left and right. Carrying or playing close to the left hand bunkers allows the player an improved angle into the green. The green is protected with bunkers right and left.

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  • Hole 11
    • Hole eleven allows the player an opportunity to play right or left. The player who chooses to play close to the right fairway bunkers and or even carry them will have a better angle into the green. The green is protected with water and bunkers left and a grass hollow right.


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  • Hole 12
    • Hole twelve's green is angle right to left. From the back tee the shot is all carry, more forward tees allow players to use the approach. Pins are guarded with a bunker left, grass hollow right and back splash bunker. The green has been designed with much less slope, allowing for more pin able areas. The design of this hole calls for a bold statement by removing the peninsula and bunker in front of the green and calls for a dramatic look for new stone bulkheads.


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  • Hole 13
    • Hole thirteen angles right to left. Carrying the trees and bunkers left offer the player an improved angle to the green that plays left to right. Bunkers surround the green left, right and back.


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  • Hole 14
    • Hole fourteen is the longest of the par fives. The hole has water bordering its entire length from tee to green. Bunkers right protect the first and second landing areas. The golfer playing down the left side of the hole will have the greatest opportunity for a lower score. In the second landing area a bunker has been added to penalize the golfer with an errant shot. The green is guarded with water left, a grass hollow right and a back bunker supporting the green. The green has been designed with much less slope, providing more pin able areas.

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  • Hole 15
    • The landing area of hole fifteen is protected with water right and bunkers left. The player has two options from off the tee. Playing close to the water right offers an improved angle to the left pin and playing left adjacent the opens a view into the back right pin.

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  • Hole 16
    • Hole sixteen plays from multiple tee locations left and right over water with a green angled right to left. A bunker-centered front of the green offers multiple pin placements left and right. Pins are also protected with bunkers right and back left.


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  • Hole 17
    • Hole seventeen angles right to left with bunkers right side of the landing area. The shot played down the left side of the fairway offers a shorter distance to the hole and improved angle to the green. The green is guarded with water left, a grass hollow right and bunker and back middle bunker.


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  • Hole 18
    • Hole eighteen is the shortest of the par fives. The first landing area is protected with bunkers left and right with views to an island green. Carrying the bunkers left allows the player an opportunity to reach the green in two. Bunkers frame the left side of the second landing area.

      The right side of the green is guarded by water. Pins are also protected with bunkers left and back right.


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  • Practice Area
    • August 2015 - Before Photo (9th Hole & Practice Area In The Distance Aerial): 



      November 2015 - Progress Photo (Practice Area Aerial):