Winter 2016 Florida
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WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
Playing at 160 yards from the back
tees, the par three eleventh hole at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian
Club in Ocala Florida is a re-creation modeled after the twelfth
hole at Augusta.
Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
8300 NW 31st Lane Rd., Ocala, FL 34482
(800) 251-7674, goldenocala.com
written by Joe Stine,
(pictured at right) Golf Course Architect
Ron Garl designed the 18-hole championship golf course at Golden
Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in beautiful Ocala Florida.
Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club boasts a riveting 18-hole championship
course design by world renowned architect Ron Garl that incorporates
eight masterfully created tribute holes from some of the world’s
finest courses including Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield,
and St. Andrews.
Though the eight
tribute holes are beautiful, the other ten holes at Golden Ocala
are outstanding, and in concert with the tribute holes create
a golf course that stands very much on its own merits.
native, Ron Garl originally designed the course back in 1986,
it was the first golf course in the country to include tribute
holes actually modeled after some of the most famous golf holes
in the world. It has since been consistently rated as one of
the top ten courses in Florida, as well as one of the top 100
courses in the country.
Speaking of Golden
Ocala’s eight tribute holes, Ron Garl told Florida Golf
Magazine, “Each one of these holes has a very unique character.
I think a really great golf hole has to have character, as well
as strategy and some options, and the tribute holes at Golden
Ocala certainly have all those factors.”
In regard to
Golden Ocala’s 11th and 12th holes being modeled after the
12th and 13th holes of Augusta, Garl said, “Obviously the
12th and 13th holes at Augusta have been pivotal many times in
deciding who will win the Masters, so in my opinion I would say
‘there is no greater stretch of golf holes than Amen Corner
at Augusta.’” (Amen Corner" is the monicker given
to a 3-hole section of the back nine on Augusta, comprised of
hole Nos. 11, 12 and 13.)
of Amen Corner,” said Garl, “I remember one-time playing
golf in West Virginia at The Greenbrier with Sam Snead and we
were talking about great courses and great golf holes. He told
me that one of the three times that he won the Masters happened
because he chipped in for a birdie on #12. Snead said that he
could remember looking up at his caddie after that and saying,
‘Maybe our luck has changed.’”
The Road Hole
Infamous Road Hole at Golden Ocala
The Road Hole at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club is very
accurately modeled after the 17th hole at “The Old Course”
in St. Andrews, Scotland.
“Road Hole Bunker” at Golden Ocala
13th hole at Golden Ocala is a tribute to the infamous Road Hole
at the “Old Course” in Saint Andrews, Scotland, which
has often been the decisive hole in the British Open. Modeled
after the 17th hole of the hallowed “Auld Course” the
Road Hole at Golden Ocala plays very much like the original.
Playing at 470
yards from the back tees, this long par 4 will test the player's
mind with their approach shot. If the hole is up front, it is
critical to keep your ball below the hole for an uphill putt.
If the hole is on the back of the green, it is best to hit your
approach shot long and left. Try to avoid the left greenside
bunker at all costs. It is a Scottish-style revetted bunker made
with stacked sod modeled after the notorious Road Hole Bunker.
The Postage Stamp Hole
Playing at 123 yards from the back tees, the
Postage Stamp Hole at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
is modeled after the eighth hole at Royal Troon in Scotland.
Stamp Hole at Golden Ocala
Playing at 123
yards from the back tees, the beautiful Postage Stamp Hole at
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club is named and modeled
after the famous eighth hole at Royal Troon. This short downhill
par 3 plays to a long narrow green. Players should club themselves
to the front third of the green. The green is protected in front,
as well as on both sides, with deep bunkers.
Ron Garl said,
“One time while I was playing golf with Gene Sarazen at
Fiddlesticks Country Club in Ft. Myers, FL., we were talking
about memorable golf holes. Gene, who was eighty-some years old
at that time said, “You know Ron, I will never forget making
a hole in one on the Postage Stamp Hole at Royal Troon in the
1973 British Open.” (Sarazen played in the 1973 Open at
age 73, which was 40 years after he won the 1932 British Open
and The Grand Slam.)
Golden Ocala Golf &
The stately 77,000 sq. ft. clubhouse at Golden
Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
about Golden Ocala
To contact Golden Ocala Golf &
Equestrian Club, call:
•Golden Ocala is a gated community consisting of eight unique
neighborhoods, each carefully designed to provide distinctive
options for our residents.
•Club amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course,
six Har-Tru HydroGrid® tennis courts, a state-of-the-art
spa and fitness center, a resort-style pool, a full-service equestrian
center, world-class dining, and social events.
•Golden Ocala offers a variety of membership levels including
all access memberships, active wellness memberships, social memberships,
and seasonal memberships.
•Annual, seasonal, and vacation rentals are also available
through Royal Shell Vacations.
Real Estate (352) 369-6969 • Membership (352) 402-4343 •
Golf Shop (352) 671-3933 • Rentals (855) 756-2252 •
Special Events (352) 402-4376 • Spa & Salon Appointments
For more info about Golden Ocala see www.goldenocala.com.
Winter 2016 Florida
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