OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION - Long Point 904-261-6161
Florida Golf Course Review - This is a private & members only golf club located at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Long Point is a Tom Fazio award winning design reserved for members at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, with limited play for resort guests. Located just north of Jacksonville,
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features a variety of accommodations situated on 1350 acres adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities at this AAA-Four Diamond property
include 23 clay tennis courts, a health and fitness center, full service spa, fine shops and dining options, heated outdoor and indoor pool areas (with lap lanes) with Jacuzzis, a
beach, conference and meeting facilities, seven miles of bike trails, plus fishing and sailing charters. For photos and information on the resort and to log on to their web site by clicking here. Keep in mind - You Must Stay Here To Play Here, as golf course play is available to guests and members only!
Long Point Golf Club
Long Point is the premier layout on Amelia Island - a 6,775 yard design that has been awarded 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. It also has been honored as the fifth best
course in the state by the Miami Herald, and has been a qualifying site for the men's US Open, US Amateur, and the Florida Women's Amateur. This par-72 golf course features
rolling fairways that wind through a variety of landscapes, including magnificent marshes, thick oak and pine forest, and scenic oceanfront dunes. The Amelia River, expansive salt
marshes and natural waste areas, plus distinctive back to back oceanfront par threes add to the allure. On course golfers will find that the course is well marked with 150-yard
stakes, yardage blocks in the middle of the fairways, and sprinkler heads measured to the center of the green. Daily information is provided for the different sets of rotating pin
placements. Each cart is equipped with cart covers which protect clubs during inclement weather.
Four sets of tees allow golfers of varying skill levels to choose a distance that meets their game. The blue tees play to 6706 yards and a 132 slope rating, and the whites are
playable for the average golfer at 6121 yards/125 slope. An alternate set (green tees) measure 5480 /114 slope and the forward tees are 4825 yards with a 123 slope rating. 15
water hazards, 46 sand bunkers and the high quality but slippery Tif Eagle putting surfaces will make golfers earn their scores. Long Point, as with the other two courses at Amelia
Island, features challenging green complexes, with undulations, ridges, collection areas and strategically placed bunkers all in play. There is not much call for bump and run
approaches, and golfers that miss the greens will frequently be confronted with tough up and downs from greenside swales.
The par five first plays along a severely undulating fairway. Mounding in the middle will funnel mis-hit shots even further off line, and swales and collection areas serve to gather
balls bouncing along this roller coaster fairway. The green complex is noticeably elevated, requiring an extra club on the approach. Number two presents an open fairway, but is
demanding on the approach as shots hit left of center will catch a slope leading to the marsh. The safe target area is the right side of the green. The third is a long par three that
plays all of the distance advertised. Pay attention to the pin placement as the putting surface is deep and undulating. Four doglegs left around a marsh, and can be cut with a shot
aimed just left of the bunker lying deep of the fairway. There is more room for error than it appears on the second shot. The short par three 5th is very score-able, and is followed by
beautiful par five, which can be reached in two by long hitters. Played cautiously with a lay up about 50-100 yards out, this hole becomes a possible birdie, easy par. Though not as
severe as hole # 1, the seventh also has mounding in the middle that directs balls away from the center of the fairway from about 140 in. With a deep green and ominous bunker
winding around the left and back side, this is a tight approach. Number 8 demands a long, accurate tee shot placed to the center of the fairway in front of the marsh that awaits
about 110 yards out. The second shot is nearly all carry, with a small landing area short right of the green. The finishing hole on the front is a long par four along a tree lined
fairway with swales and collection areas greenside.
The back side plays a bit shorter than the front, and features back to back ocean front par threes on 15 and 16. Number ten invites a tee shot placed in the left center of a fairway
that narrows as the double tiered green is approached. Check the pin placement. The par five 11th doglegs left around a marsh and is a true 3-shot hole, with the approach an
extremely demanding one - to a small putting surface surrounded by trouble in the form of bunkers and drop-offs into grassy swales. The green location on 12 is diabolical. The
pot bunker short right makes chipping from that side a tough proposition, and a marsh runs the length of the hole along the left, with the green tucked in between. This is one of
the tougher # 14 handicapped holes we have encountered. Thirteen is a tight par four that can elicit some high scores if the green is missed on the approach - tough up and down
here. The narrow fairway on 14 slopes left to right, inviting a tee shot to the left center - a good scoring hole if on the short grass. The next two holes are gorgeous par threes that
play parallel to the ocean. This means a couple of things: 1) the scenery is extremely beautiful and 2) the wind together with the pin placements can make up to a four club
difference. On 15 it is a good idea to stay below the hole as the downslope is sneaky fast. The green on 16 has a "bowl" effect - which will funnel shots hit along the edges towards
the center. Seventeen is a mid range four par that plays from an ample fairway to a two-tiered putting surface that is quite undulating. Pay attention to the pin placement here. On
the final hole golfers will encounter a tight tree lined par five that can be reached in two if the tee shot is played long and down the middle. The fairway opens up a bit past the trees
on the right, and mounds and gullies between the 150 and 80 yard markers provide incentive to avoid this section of the fairway. The green complex is shallow, making a high
wedge approach on the third shot on good idea.
Long Point is a great compliment to the two resort owned courses at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The putting surfaces here are the best on property, presenting scoring
opportunities when approached efficiently. The views of the surrounding marshes, water hazards and the ocean are at times spectacular. This is a " must play" while at Omni AIP.
Visit our informational page for Long Point (with a link to the property's website) by clicking here.