Pete Dyes Design Notes:
Hole #1: Par 3, Hndcp 13, Gold 163,
Blue 163, White 153, Red 115
The first hole
at The Moorings Club is a great little starting hole. This par
3 is 163 yards in length from the back tees and looks easy. The
first fairway runs southwest with water left of the tee and a
pretty little stream that runs across the fairway and up along
the right side of the green. If youre a nature lover, you
might snap a photo of the beautiful pink Roseate Spoonbills that
often feed in the pond left of the first tee. But dont
relax; because the first green is fast and tricky.
Hole #2: Par 4, Hndcp 15, Gold 277,
Blue 277, White 266, Red 242
With a long narrow
waste bunker and a magnificent view of the vast Indian River
Lagoon along the entire left side of the fairway, number two
is a par 4 and its not too long, about 290 yards.
Of course when
the good players are here theyre going to want to drive
the green, but in my opinion thats about the worst approach
you can take because its really hard to hit such a small
green. The best way to play the hole is to just hit a shot out
about 190 yards or so and then another hundred yard shot to the
hole. Since the green is small any second shot on the green leaves
you with a legitimate birdie putt.
One of the trademarks
at The Moorings Club is the many long, narrow waste bunkers (or
seasides, as I like to call them) that I built around
the exterior of the front nine on the peninsula. Backed by mangroves,
these attractive little waste areas allowed us to use every square
inch of land right up against the edge of the lagoon as playable
some of the most scenic riverside vistas found at any Florida
golf course, public or private, the sand in these seaside waste
areas also serves as habitat for wildlife such as the Fiddler
The Golf Course
Superintendent at The Moorings Club, Craig Weyandt, who just
happens to be a Certified Master Naturalist, says
that if he did not maintain those seaside waste areas, keeping
their sand raked and free of weeds and other vegetative material,
the fiddler crabs would lose them as habitat. So, The Moorings
Club is purposely maintaining habitat for the fiddler crab.
are left of holes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 on the front nine. In the
Fall, September, October and November are typically the wet months
for The Moorings Club. When the conditions are right, the water
level of the Indian River Lagoon rises and the seaside waste
bunkers fill up with a few inches of water, which really looks
These railroad ties along
the 3rd green were installed by Pete Dye back in 1975.
Hole #3: Par 4, Hndcp 1, Gold 404, Blue
383, White 320, Red 278
In my opinion,
the third hole is undoubtedly the hardest hole at The Moorings
Club, and judging by the way its rated on the scorecard,
it might very well be the hardest hole in Indian River County.
Its a 400-yard par 4 with an elevated green that has a
slight ridge running right down the middle. So if you hit the
right side of the green it can bounce off to the right, and if
you hit the left side it might bounces left. Being both very
difficult to putt and well bunkered and with water both left
and right of the green, my approach to this hole is never to
worry about where the flag is. Instead just try to get it on
the front of the green. Then if you can make it in two putts
and get out of there, thats a great way to play the 3rd
the entire left side of the third hole is another long and narrow
seaside waste area backed by vertical lined railroad ties, mangroves
and the lagoon. Every morning typically around 6:30 a.m. you
will see these short stocky birds called Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
and Black-crowned Night-Herons, pulling crabs out of these seaside
waste bunkers. They stand motionless over crab holes in the seaside
waste areas just waiting for the crabs to come up out of their
holes first thing every morning.
Most people dont
know that Fiddler Crabs must breathe through water. Even though
the crabs are terrestrials, meaning they walk around up on land
they still have to keep their gills wet in order to breathe.
So if their gills start to dry they have to run back down in
their hole where there is water at the bottom, and get their
gills wet so they can breathe again. And what is really amazing
about the Fiddler Crab is that its mouth parts are so small that
it actually cleans the detritus or decaying matter
off of a single grain of sand at a time. So the Fiddler Crabs
at The Moorings Club are actually helping to keep the sand in
the seaside waste areas clean.
Hole #4: Par 3, Hndcp 9, Gold 162,
Blue 162, White 139, Red 108
The 4th hole
is one of my favorites at The Moorings Club. Its a 162-yard
par 3. During the winter season you get a wind blowing off the
ocean from the east, but the hole runs north to south, so the
wind blows left to right. Running along the entire left side
of the hole is a long and narrow seaside waste bunker backed
by mangroves and the lagoon. When the high tide water from the
lagoon raises this seaside waste area looks very pretty. If youre
a high handicapper I might recommend hitting short right of the
green on hole #4.
Hole #5: Par 3, Hndcp 17, Gold 89,
Blue 89, White 83, Red 78
The 5th hole
is the short but very popular par three called Poco-Loco. Only
89 yards its still an intimidating forced carry. There
are three holes on the front nine at The Moorings Club that have
forced carries over the Indian River Lagoon, 5, 7, and 9.
Hole #6: Par 4, Hndcp 5, Gold 362,
Blue 362, White 330, Red 342
The 6th hole,
a 362-yard dogleg right, is a tough little par four called Porpoise
Point and it is rated as the 3rd hardest hole at The Moorings
Club. This is a beautiful golf hole with the Indian River Lagoon
along the left side of the narrow fairway, and a reachable man-made
lake on the right. Its always very nice to hear members
say, I saw the dolphins playing out left of number six
Hole #7: Par 3, Hndcp 11, Gold 155,
Blue 155, White 119, Red 105
Alice (my wife
and co-designer) pretty much designed the 7th hole on her own.
Its a 155 yards, par 3, with a forced carry over the lagoon
from the back tees, but no real forced carry from the forward
tees. There are mangroves along the water on the left. Once again,
if you draw it too much youll be in the Indian River Lagoon.
Even though the
7th green tends to slope ever-so-slightly away from the water,
this is still a good hole to hit a nice little fade, because
you generally get the wind off the ocean so if you fade a little,
that little cut can hold its line into the green. Director of
Golf, Tom Thornton, named Hole #7 Manatee Pocket because its
a great place to spot manatees.
Hole #8: Par 4, Hndcp 3, Gold 396,
Blue 351, White 311, Red 263
Now, hole number
8 is another really good hole. Its a 396-yard dogleg right,
par four, with trees and water on the right and the seaside waste
bunkers, mangroves and the Lagoon on the left. The small 8th
green slopes left toward the water here, plus youve got
to hit over a bunker that is guarding the front of the small
green. So youre better off trying to fade your second shot
onto the green, especially with the wind typically coming from
the southeast on this hole.
Hole #9: Par 3, Hndcp 7, Gold 156,
Blue 156, White 137, Red 106
The last hole
of the front nine is a beautiful 156-yard par 3 over the Lagoon
and toward the clubhouse. This hole is definitely one of the
toughest par 3s on the course. Also, with the prevailing wind
blowing in your face the 9th hole seems a lot longer than it
is. Over the past 40 years, Ive hit everything from a pitching
wedge to a 4-iron on this hole, so make sure you use enough club
and hit it solid.
Hole #10: Par 4, Hndcp 14, Gold
260, Blue 260, White 251, Red 222
The 10th hole
is another very interesting hole. Tiger Woods could probably
drive this 260-yard par 4 with a 4-iron, but with a pond on the
right and out-of-bounds on the left I think the smart play for
most golfers might be to lay-up and then hit a wedge into the
small elevated green.
Hole #11: Par 3, Hndcp 16, Gold 127, Blue 119, White 105, Red
Not the toughest
par 3, the 11th hole, is one of the prettiest holes on the course.
With magnificent old oaks all along the left side of the hole,
its 127 yards from an elevated tee, over the water, to
a big beautiful elevated green.
Hole #12: Par 4, Hndcp 6, Gold 327,
Blue 327, White 315, Red 297
12 is the fourth
toughest hole at The Moorings Club. Its a 327-yard par
four into the prevailing wind to a treacherous green thats
bunkered in front and back.
Hole #13: Par 3, Hndcp 18, Gold
123, Blue 123, White 105, Red 92
The 13th hole
is a 123-yard par three. Its a cute hole, and its large
green has lots of shaping and beautiful bunkering.
Hole #14: Par 4, Hndcp 4, Gold 361,
Blue 361, White 318, Red 302
I think #14 is
a fun hole. Its pretty much straight away, with your tee
shot most often hitting into a southeast wind. The second toughest
hole on the course, the 361-yard par four, has out-of-bounds
on the left and a forced carry over the only fresh water lake
on the course.
The 14th green
is guarded on the front left by a large bunker. Alice and I will
never forget the first time we saw a marsh rabbit swimming across
this pond 40 years ago. Up to that time we had never seen or
heard of rabbits swimming like that before.
Hole #15: Par 3, Hndcp 8, Gold 180,
Blue 158, White 116, Red 104
the 180-yard par three, 15th hole called Cutlass Cove turns north
with a tee shot that is forced to carry a beautiful waste bunker
to the very large, undulating, and well bunkered 15th green.
Hole #16: Par 4, Hndcp 2, Gold 440,
Blue 440, White 417, Red 401
The 440 yard
16th hole, called The Road Hole is the only par five
at The Moorings Club. This is a very scenic hole with a view
of the water at Cutlass Cove just left of the tee and a very
different view of the lagoon and Porpoise Bay up near the green.
Medium length hitters are advised to aim their tee shots between
two big banyan trees that are out in the middle of the 16th fairway.
Though, its guarded by a big waste area directly in front
of the green, and another bunker to the left of the green, some
of longer players still manage to reach the 16th green in two
only to find that the swails and hollows shaped into this challenging-but-true
Tifeagle green make it a very difficult green to hold and putt.
Hole #17: Par 3, Hndcp 10, Gold
146, Blue 146, White 119, Red 109
The 17th hole
is a par three that is 146 yards over a lake to a green thats
protected on the left by a enormous bunker, so Id say if
youre going to miss it, miss it short right. I like #17,
its an excellent golf hole.
Hole #18: Par 4, Hndcp 12, Gold
306, Blue 306, White 275, Red 261
Number 18 is
a great finishing hole, and a lot of fun to play. The little
island tee area hidden back amongst the oak trees makes your
tee shot a forced carry over water. Its a 306-yard par
four over a lake with out-of-bounds on the left and water running
all along the right side of the fairway. This is a terrific hole
for putting pressure on final hole bets!