The first stop of the trip was Hyde Park in Jacksonville. Hyde Park is an old Donald Ross Municipal course that looked like it had the original greens as they were very large and undulating and didn't appear to have lost any original green pads.
|Sign on 6th tee|
|Not so humble brag, lowest nine hole score in a few years!|
Second stop of the trip was another Ross municipal course, The South course at Daytona Beach Golf Club. I really enjoyed playing this course. The greens have obviously shrunk over time from the Ross originals but they still had plenty of interest and undulation.
|2nd hole in the early morning light|
|2nd tee, in major need of tree work|
|18th Hole looking back|
After a quick 2 hour and 45 minute round behind 2 twosomes we played the North course at John's Island. The North is 300 yards longer than the South and obviously the "championship" course at John's Island.
Next on the itinerary was the biggest surprise of the trip, Hawk's Nest Golf Club in Vero Beach. Officially the course is called Hawk's Nest at The Moorings, as it was bought by The Moorings Club a few years ago. Hawk's Nest is a Jim Fazio course that I really enjoyed. My experiences with Jim Fazio in the past have not been great so I was really shocked at just how good this place was. The routing was tremendous. He got maximum use out of a very good piece of property.
The ninth course I played on the trip was Old Corkscrew in Estero, Florida. I admit that I have a bias towards dis-liking Jack Nicklaus designed courses. In my opinion his courses are way too hard and borderline unplayable for high handicap players. With that being said, I thought Old Corkscrew was a solid course. The greens were a little difficult but I found it to be playable with some very good holes.
|First time I've seen them put this on the GPS System, made me a little nervous|
The tenth course I played on the trip was West Bay Club in Estero. West Bay is a Pete & PB Dye design. The course is in the early stages of a total renovation where they will re-grass and soften parts of the course to improve playability. Typical for a course where PB is involved, it is a touch on the unfair side on several holes but overall a very enjoyable course.
The final course I played on the trip was San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville. San Jose was designed by Donald Ross and most of the routing remains intact. The course has gone through several renovations so it's difficult to tell what is Ross and what is not, but what is there is very good. The greens are wonderfully undulating and fun and the fairway bunkering, while clearly not Ross, is also very well done.
|5th Hole. This is one of the holes not part of the original Ross design. Still a very good hole|