The Old Trail "Hills Course"
at Jonathan's Landing Golf Club,
Florida Golf Magazine
Winter 2017© Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved
PALM BEACH COUNTY, JUPITER
Opened in 1991, the natural beauty and rolling
terrain of the Hills course at Old Trail has drawn players of
all skill levels for the past two decades. Built by renowned
golf course architect Arthur Hills, the Hills is
a wonderful test of golf. The Hills course has a
range of holes that require more accuracy than power. This course
is a true shotmakers dream and a great track
for golfers of any ability.
Jonathans Landing at Old
18505 Clubhouse Dr., Jupiter, FL 33478
(561) 744-8200, jonathanslanding.com
Jonathans Landing boasts three championship
golf courses in Palm Beach County: The Village, The Fazio and
The Hills. All three offer meticulously manicured greens surrounded
by the natural beauty of landscapes that have made Jonathans
Landing highly acclaimed and sought after.
The Hills Course At Old Trail, designed
by world renowned golf course architect, Arthur Hills, requires
accuracy more than power. This award winning course is a true
shot makers dream and offers stimulating play for golfers
of all levels.
The Old Trail Hills Course at Jonathans
for Florida Golf Magazine by Golf Course Architect, Arthur Hills
Architect: Arthur Hills - 1989
18 Holes, Par 71
Rating / Slope
71.7 / 133
70.4 / 129
68.3 / 120
73.0 / 130
65.0 / 118
69.8 / 121
I remember back to 1989 when we were designing
and building the Hills Course at Jonathan's Landing in Jupiter,
Florida. The site was only about a hundred acres. Therefore,
the emphasis was on strategic planning. At a maximum length of
just over 6300 yards, the par-71 layout is not overly long, but
still requires thoughtful shotmaking if one is to be successful.
The natural beauty of the cypress hammocks,
winding wooden paths and abundant wildlife add to the courses
charm. Golfers and community residents alike truly appreciate
that there are no interior roads or residential units to spoil
the serene nature preserve environment.
Of the two courses at Old Trail, the Hills
Course, with its narrow fairways, is generally viewed by the
members to be more difficult than the neighboring Fazio Course.
Perhaps that is why Jonathans Landing hosts Player Ability
Tests for the PGA of America on this course. They also host all
of their junior events on the Hills Course.
The course is tight and challenging with
good holes requiring straight tee shots. Overall, the course
has a nice rhythm. For instance, the first two holes are both
favorites with the members in that one is known for playing relatively
easy and the second is quite difficult.
The 1st Hole of the Hills is a beautiful introduction
to the course, this palm tree and coquina rock lined hole offers
a birdie chance to players keeping the ball in the fairway. Those
misplacing a tee shot will find more difficulty when playing
to this well situated raised green. Those who struggle when playing
from bunkers will love this hole, as there is no sand in sight.
Signature Holes at The Old
Trail "Hills Course" at Jonathans Landing Golf
#1 - 338 yards, par 4
Measuring only 338 yards from the back tees, the first hole is
a short par four and a really fun start for the longer hitters.
With the convenient practice area left off the tee, and a palm-filled
coquina rock waste area on the right, players want to keep the
drive in play. Its a good hole to begin the round since
the potential for birdie is high if the middle of the fairway
can be found on the tee shot.
The 560 yard long par five 2nd hole at The Old Trail "Hills
Course" at Jonathan's Landing winds around trees and wetlands
and great care must be taken if you wish to play the hole using
only one ball.
#2, 560 yards, par 5
In contrast, the second hole is regarded as the hardest hole
on the Hills course. Its a 560-yard, double-dogleg par-five
with water down the left side off the tee. Beyond the first landing
area, where the fairway turns to the right, trees define both
sides of the playing corridor. The final 200 yards features environmentally-sensitive
wetlands on the left and the tree line that buffers the adjacent
14th fairway on the right. Its a tight hole that has a
big intimidation factor on all three shots.
Five Par Threes
I like the way that the par-three holes
turned out at Jonathan's Landing and am pleased to know that
the members enjoy them as well. One relatively unique feature
of the Hills course is the back-to-back par threes found on holes
12 and 13.
An extensive environmental preserve area
in the northwest corner of the property provided just enough
upland on which to position the tees and greens on the two one-shotters.
The old trail from the 12th green to the 13th tee
is a sensory-filled passage through the wilderness. Beauty and
challenge take another form on the par-3 15th. This lakeside
gem favors a right-to-left approach if the water and a single
bunker at the back right are to be avoided.
"The last three
holes of the Hills Course are most often called signature holes
by the members at Jonathan's Landing Golf Club."
"The last three holes of the
Hills Course are most often called signature holes by the members
at The Old Trail Hills Course at Jonathans Landing Golf
Club in Jupiter, Florida.
Getting close to the green on this short par four is not difficult,
getting on the green causes most people problems. A raised and
shallow two-tiered green with two deep bunkers protecting the
front can turn the 16th hole from a birdie chance into a bogey
#16, 323 yards, par 4
Hole #16 is a lot of fun. Though not very long at 323 yards,
its a picturesque par 4 with extensive mounding down the
entire left side of the fairway and a long fairway bunker down
the right. Theres a shallow, elevated, two-tiered green
that is protected by two deep left-front bunkers. The 16th has
one of the wider fairways on the Hills Course at Old Trail. However,
the strategy of the hole requires a well-placed drive near the
long bunker on the right if the best approach angleone
that mostly steers clear of the greenside bunkeringis to
A hole worthy of a place on any golf course, the seventeenth
hole offers little hope to those looking for an easy finish.
landing area lies ahead from the tee but a narrow green flanked
by a rock wall and hazard below make it a difficult approach.
#17, 406 yards, par 4
The 17th is regarded as a signature hole by most members.
It reminds me of a simplified version of the 11th at Augusta
National. Although the tee shot is more open than its cousin
in the neighboring state of Georgia, the second shot, with the
similarly menacing lake on the left, offers little hope to those
looking for an easy finish.
Dont become careless off the tee,
though, on this, the #8 handicap hole. An overcooked draw can
eventually find water if the conditions are firm and fast. Players
certainly dont want to be hitting their third shots from
200 yards out on this solid test. Furthermore, the difficult
approach to the green is significantly squeezed by a bunker on
the right. This gem of a hole has derailed many a good round.
The 18th is the third of three great finishing holes of the Hills
At Old Trails. Rated the 4th hardest hole on the course, water
must be negotiated both from the tee and on the approach. A raised
green fronted by a deep bunker makes players work hard right
to the end.
#18, 414 yards, par 4
Earning the 4th hardest handicap rating, the 18th is a long par
four and a superb finishing hole. It plays at 414 yards from
the elevated back tees and 292 yards from the forward tees. As
the third of three great finishing holes, water must be negotiated
both from the tee and on the approach. A raised green accompanied
by a deep bunker on the right makes players work to the very
First-time players who look at the yardage
of the Hills Course and think they are in for an easy day will
be surprised when they tally up their scores at the end of the
round. Nevertheless, as the members will all agree, the hidden
challenges of the Hills Course are perfectly balanced
by the truly unique, natural beauty and serenity of Jonathans
- Arthur Hills, 2016
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