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AMELIA RIVER GOLF CLUB

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Amelia Island Plantation 06 - Royal Amelia Golf Club
Amelia Island Plantation 06  - Royal Amelia Golf Club

Amelia River is a gorgeous golf course located on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida. Numerous doglegs shaped by majestic oaks, sabal palms, tall pines, wax myrtles and strategic water hazards make this a shot-makers delight. The course is long enough that golfers will have ample opportunity to use driver, but with the many twists and turns accentuated in the design, placement is just as important as distance. Thirteen holes have water in play in some shape or form, and 50 sand bunkers dot the layout.

Amelia Island Plantation - Royal Amelia Golf Club
Amelia Island Plantation - Royal Amelia Golf Club

Designed by Tom Jackson, this course was thoughtfully laid out to provide a great variety in aesthetics, and also to afford players an opportunity to deploy every club in their bag. The beginning and various other sections of the course present wide fairways with plentiful landing zones - but with perimeter mounding and sand traps that will challenge the accuracy of golfers off the tee. More often than not, trees line both sides and the route from tee to green is seldom straight. It is a good idea to take a look at the diagram booklet provided to each golfer - as it can help to plan strategy, and will also assist players in locating the ponds that sneakily come into play near the greens on several holes. There also are some creek crossings that could result in trouble if golfers are not aware of their presence.

Amelia Island Plantation - Royal Amelia Golf Club
Amelia Island Plantation - Royal Amelia Golf Club

From the initial hole to the final dogleg on 18 - which presents a spectacular finish to a wonderful round, we think golfers of all skill levels will find this a challenging yet enjoyable experience. There are 5 sets of tee areas which play to distances and slopes measuring 6843 yards/137 slope, 6428 yards/132 slope, 6128 yards/129 slope (recommended for the average player), 5417 yards/112 slope and 4801 yards with a slope of 117 for women playing from the forward tees. Yardage markers are present at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green. 150 stakes are visible on all par fours and fives, and the complimentary yardage booklets provide diagrams for the 7 rotating pin placements.

Amelia Island Plantation - Royal Amelia Golf Club
Amelia Island Plantation - Royal Amelia Golf Club

We found the Tif Eagle greens to be very fast and true rolling - and also very firm. There are slight undulations, but as it turned out for us anyway... putts seemed to break less than we anticipated. This course is set in an idyllic environment - with no homes or residential areas in sight! Keep in mind that this course is always open for public play! If you are in the area - this is a must do! For more info on Amelia River, including a direct link to their website click here.

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