OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION - Ocean Links Course 904-261-6161
Florida Golf Course Review
Ocean Links is a 4 star (Golf Digest) Bobby Weed design and is one of two championship courses at Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Resort. Located just north of Jacksonville, The resort features a variety of accommodations situated on 1350 acres adjacent to the
Atlantic Ocean. It has been honored as one of America's Top 75 Golf Resorts by Golf Digest. 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, visit our page for Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort by clicking here. Keep in mind - You Must Stay Here to Play Here, as golf course play is available to guests and members only!
Ocean Links Golf Club
The Omni Amelia Island Resort features 36 holes of golf, including the Oak Marsh and Ocean Links layouts. The two golf courses here are serviced by one clubhouse with a
shared practice area, including grass range plus putting and chipping green. There is a restaurant and lounge, featuring breakfast and lunch, together with a full service pro shop
outfitted with sportswear, golf accessories and equipment rentals. On course golfers will find that both courses are well marked with 150-yard stakes on par fours and fives,
yardage blocks in the middle of the fairways, and sprinkler heads measured to the center of the green. Daily information is provided for three different sets of rotating pin
placements. Each tee box also has a yardage block.
Ocean Links is not overly long (6108 yards) - but packs some punch as golfers will encounter 10 holes that feature lagoons and marsh wetlands, plus 5 that play along a coastal
Atlantic dune ridge. The proximity to the sea and the ever-present coastal breezes provide intrigue and challenge, as the course winds its way along 6 miles of natural sand dunes
and seaside terrain. From the tips (blue tees), golfers will find that the par threes as a group are quite challenging, as are the 4 par fives. A few short par fours figure into the
course's lack of overall length. Small greens and narrow fairways place an emphasis on shot placement and prevailing winds make accurate iron play invaluable. If you miss the
greens - you will often be confronted with complexes that feature deep bunkers, undulating mounds, swales and collection areas - which combine to create difficult up and downs.
For us, this was an extremely fun - but also challenging round of golf.
Average golfers may be tempted to play from the tips here, as the back tees measure just over 6100 yards. Keep in mind that the 134 slope rating indicates some challenges
along the way - including longer par threes and a par four measuring 430 yards (hole 16) . The white tees measure just 5584 with a 126 slope, and the green tees weigh in at
5007/117 slope. The forward tees are very playable with a 115 slope from 4341 yards.
The opening hole invites a tee shot that lays up about 100 yards out to the left of the large waste bunker. The elevated green must be approached accurately, as it is well protected
in front by bunkers and undulations. The par four second has room off the tee but is challenging on the approach, as a pond sits short left of the putting complex. Number three is a
demanding dogleg left par four, which requires a tee shot approaching the 150-yard stake. Hit it left or short of this yardage and it will be extremely difficult to reach in regulation.
The first of 3 consecutive, beautiful ocean holes follows. This short (347 from the back tees) par four presents a tight fairway, with dunes and ocean right, and the AIP
accommodations along the left. A lay up to the 150 is recommended off the tee. The fifth also plays along the ocean, and presents a very tough up and down for those that miss
the green on this 152 yard par three. The wind and pin placement on this long and narrow putting surface can mean a difference of 2 or 3 clubs here. The greens on both 4 and 5
break towards the ocean. Six is the second of back to back ocean front par threes - and like five can be greatly affected by the wind. There is plenty of room short - but beware that
the putting surface here slopes dramatically away from the water. Be careful off the tee on seven. The hazard on the left is obvious - but another pond rests along the right past the
fairway bunker. Played cautiously as a 3-shot par five, this hole is score-able. Eight is another challenging three par - as the green is protected by water left and a huge sand trap
right. From the tips the closing hole on the front is extremely tough! At 537 yards this # 1 handicapped par five demands a long carry over water off the tee, with the target being the
narrow fairway along the left. If you miss to the left on your second or third shot, the recovery will demand some creativity as mounding and sloping bunkers line that side.
The back side of Ocean Links begins with short par four along a narrow tree-lined fairway, featuring a tight green complex defined by undulations and mounding. Eleven plays long
from the back tees (543) and best played from the left side of another tree lined fairway. Be aware of the bunker and water hazard on the left about 100 yards out. This is the
course's #2 handicap. The next four hole stretch presents some good scoring opportunities, beginning with the short par four 12th. Two good mid irons should get you home in
good shape. There is room short right on 13 - which is another beautiful par three featuring a water hazard on the left. 14 is tight off the tee, and plays fairly long from both the blue
and white tees (414 & 404). Keep it on the left side of the fairway, approach cautiously to avoid the lake on the that side - and play for par here. The 15th is perhaps the most
gorgeous of all the par threes - and looks more intimidating than it actually is. There is room short left, and also in the grass collection area just right of the green. Don't be long
however, as the green runs off near the back portion - into some dune roughage. The par four 16th is brutal from the tips - as the tee shot must navigate some dune hills to find a
landing area along the left side. For those hitting from the mid tees - there also is ample landing area along the right. The approach is demanding - as anything left may find the OB
area that separates the course from the beach. On the par five 17th golfers will tee it up over a water hazard, with plenty of room for error to the right of the fairway palms. With the
fairway narrowing, a lay up right of the fairway traps is recommended on the second shot - leaving a wedge approach to a green bordered by a lake on the left. The finishing hole is
an island par three - with 10 yards of room between the green and the hazard in front - and a few more long of the putting surface. Though daunting if the wind is up - this is one of
the easiest of the par threes.
What a great round of golf. Do not let the 6100 yards as advertised put you to sleep. You will need your best effort - at times with healthy breezes to deal with - in order to beat your
handicap on the Ocean Links. Enjoy the scenery and the sound of the waves beating onto shore. This is a wonderful layout at a fine golf resort - and one that we can recommend
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