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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Golf, Plantation Style

(Part Two of a Three-Part Series on Amelia Island Plantation)

By Judi Janofsky & Rich Steck

There’s nothing more exotic, or eerie, than playing golf in the marshes of north Florida. The long golden-hued grass and jutting reeds, that seemingly stretch forever, stand tall and still, moving only occasionally in a choreographed dance to the music of a gentle breeze. Large white egrets and blue herons, perched on leafless branches of fledging trees, wait patiently for unwitting prey. Lining the shores are massive oaks, limbs gnarled from age and draped in graceful Spanish moss.

Eerie. Exotic. And beautiful. Nowhere more so than on Amelia Island Plantation’s Oak Marsh golf course, where the rough is the marsh and water is the enemy.

The Oak Marsh course is as pretty as it is challenging.

Designed by Pete Dye, the 6,580-yard Oak Marsh is longer and more challenging than the resort’s other onsite courses, Ocean Links and Long Point. (Royal Amelia is a short three miles away). Probably early in its design, Dye realized this would not be a course that would have to be manufactured, but rather one left in a more natural state, utilizing the existing natural environment. That means narrow fairways, small greens, lots of water, which comes into play on 14 holes, and trees everywhere. Dye did add an abundance of his favorite feature: bunkers.

Ocean Links is probably the most popular and by far the most scenic of the four courses. Winner of many awards, including Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.,” the 6,108 yard, par-70, Pete Dye and Bobby Weed-designed course is a little shorter than the other two. But with five holes on the ocean and wind a factor on each, the Links more than makes up in challenge what it may lack in length.


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