Wanamaker Course

Wanamaker Course

Considered one of Florida’s most beautiful courses

The first golf course named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who in 1916, inspired the birth of The PGA of America. A classic Florida layout, Fazio's Wanamaker Course is set against a backdrop of wetlands, palm trees and palmettos.

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Hole Number 1 — Par 5, 487 Yards
Medal 548
Tournament 520
Standard 483
Middle 460
Handicap 11

The opening hole provides a fairly wide fairway but players must aim toward the right side to avoid the bunkers on the left, which have been enlarged and deepened. Much of the hole remains intact with the exception of the green which has been modified slightly to provide less surface slope. Players going for the green in two must contend with a narrow target and a long bunker to the right.

Hole Number 2 — Par 4, 407 Yards
Medal 463
Tournament 428
Standard 401
Middle 369
Handicap 1

Perhaps the most challenging hole on the course, this par-4 requires players to hit drives down the right center of the fairway allowing balls to feed to the left. Approach shots will be hit to an enlarged and elevated green and may be difficult to judge from a distance standpoint. The steep bunker left of the green has been replaced by two smaller bunkers.

Hole Number 3 — Par 4, 352 Yards
Medal 417
Tournament 384
Standard 353
Middle 281
Handicap 7

This short dogleg left has water left off the tee and bunkers guarding the landing zone both left and right. Players will approach a very undulating green with short irons, with a large bunker in the front left.

Hole Number 4 — Par 3, 183 Yards
Medal 222
Tournament 198
Standard 174
Middle 159
Handicap 13

The first par-3 on the course has a very large green surrounded by bunkers. A new transition bunker in front of the approach could make distance control deceiving for players. The green is very fast back to front with subtle slopes on all sides.

Hole Number 5 — Par 4, 313 Yards
Medal 403
Tournament 356
Standard 311
Middle 293
Handicap 17

The most significant change on the course will be seen at the 5th as the green has been lowered and shifted from a straight angle to the line of play to a slightly diagonal angle. Anything less than a precise iron may be deflected on all four sides and the back left hole location will be most challenging. Although much less undulating, the green remains a testing one to judge breaks.

Hole Number 6 — Par 3, 143 Yards
Medal 180
Tournament 165
Standard 143
Middle 109
Handicap 15

From an elevated tee, this par three features a green guarded by water on the left and large bunker behind. Players bailing right will be faced with the green running away from them, and a delicate chip shot. Hole locations on the left side of the green will require a well struck shot to stay close.

Hole Number 7 — Par 5, 501 Yards
Medal 535
Tournament 507
Standard 505
Middle 483
Handicap 5

With water and transition bunkers to the left and a large bunker to the right in the landing area, tee balls must be played down the center of the fairway. The green can be reached in two for longer hitters, but balls hit long and left will find the pond. Lay up shots must be placed between bunkers to allow a short pitch shot to a small, undulating green.

Hole Number 8 — Par 4, 328 Yards
Medal 365
Tournament 340
Standard 326
Middle 308
Handicap 9

This is a wonderful par 4, with a double green. Your tee ball needs to be played in between two bunkers on either side of the fairway. Accuracy is a must when playing your second shot with bunkers and a wetland protecting both greens. Transition bunkers have been added down the left side and provide a visual contrast to the player. Both greens remain quick with subtle drop off slopes on the sides.

Hole Number 9 — Par 4, 393 Yards
Medal 449
Tournament 404
Standard 390
Middle 365
Handicap 3

This medium par 4 is typically played into the prevailing wind. Tee shots must be played to the right of the long, twisting transition bunker running the length of the fairway. From an elevated fairway, the second shot requires negotiating a right front bunker and a green sloping from back left to front right toward the water.

Hole Number 10 — Par 4, 351 Yards
Medal 365
Tournament 362
Standard 347
Middle 319
Handicap 6

A short par 4 with a large beach bunker on the right forcing players to thread a tee shot to the fairway. The greenside bunker on the right has been slightly deepened adding a challenge for those missing with the short iron approach shot. Missing the green long and right could lead to very difficult recoveries.

Hole Number 11 — Par 3, 150 Yards
Medal 199
Tournament 166
Standard 145
Middle 123
Handicap 18

This is a long par three with water and bunkers to the right and a small bunker behind the green, hidden to players off the tee. The green was re-contoured to add subtle breaks and players will be required to control distances to avoid the threat of a three putt.

Hole Number 12 — Par 4, 338 Yards
Medal 400
Tournament 375
Standard 338
Middle 292
Handicap 10

No. 12 is a short par 4 with a bunker on the left catching errant tee shots. The greenside bunkers have been re-shaped and deepened allowing balls to settle in the bottom The elevated green is very undulating on all sides.

Hole Number 13 — Par 5, 463 Yards
Medal 551
Tournament 492
Standard 461
Middle 430
Handicap 8

Hole No. 13 has played a pivotal role in past Championships. The fairway slopes to the right but the hole actually goes to the left. A tee shot played down the left side of the fairway is crucial, but must avoid a large bunker. A slightly blind second shot should be played down the right side to open a view to the green. The fairway contour will be mowed differently this year providing opportunity for the player to play a third shot that pitches straight into the green, reducing the bunker risk on the left.

Hole Number 14 — Par 4, 393 Yards
Medal 460
Tournament 436
Standard 396
Middle 359
Handicap 2

The long uphill par 4 requires a tee shot hit down the left center of the fairway and away from the large bunker to the right. The second fairway bunker on the right has been eliminated, making depth perception difficult. The elevated green can be tough to hit with a mid to long iron, making par a very good score.

Hole Number 15 — Par 4, 321 Yards
Medal 356
Tournament 337
Standard 320
Middle 287
Handicap 14

A long iron or 3-wood off the tee is a good play. Hitting the tee ball just to the left of the fairway bunker on the right will leave a short iron approach to a very undulating green predominantly sloping from back to front. A large ridge running through the middle of the green has been mellowed slightly, but precise distance control is still a must for those seeking birdie.

Hole Number 16 — Par 5, 460 Yards
Medal 507
Tournament 475
Standard 455
Middle 438
Handicap 16

This wonderful par-5 is reachable in two if the bunkers on the left are avoided off the tee. As the ball tends to feed to the left, players must hug the right side of the fairway. The second shot is played towards a narrow opening fronting the green with a bunkers right and left, including a huge transition bunker down the left side catching balls threatening the pond. Players going for the green in two will have relatively simple third shots from a variety of pitching areas.

Hole Number 17 — Par 3, 192 Yards
Medal 217
Tournament 207
Standard 191
Middle 158
Handicap 12

This long par-3 can make or break many rounds. The tee shot is played slightly uphill to an undulating green guarded by a bunker front left and a steep drop off on the right. A large bunker behind the green has been eliminated, however missing the green long will surely result in bogey as the green slopes from back to front.

Hole Number 18 — Par 4, 389 Yards
Medal 442
Tournament 401
Standard 356
Middle 340
Handicap 4

A truly wonderful finishing hole. The best route off the tee is to the left-center of the fairway, as the ball will move to the right toward the lake. The massive beach bunker on the right will require many players to pitch out sideways or challenge the carry over the lake. The green is protected by a lake right, a bunker on the front right and behind and a large pitching area to the left that calls for a deft touch for players hoping to get up and down. The green itself has seen the middle ridge and slope toward the pond reduced, but remains one of the fastest on the course.

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