Location: Palm City, Fla.
Architects: Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II
Tee — Yardage | Rating / Slope:
Black — 7,131 yards | 74.6 / 143
Gold — 6,770 | 73.2 / 140
Blue — 6,360 | 70.9 / 135
White — 5,922 | 68.7 / 124
Red — 5,045 | 64.3 / 114
White — 5,922 | 74.1 / 133
Red — 5,045 | 68.6 / 118
Saturday morning green fee: $$ [$50-$99]
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Starter: This is the first course co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II in Florida. The head professional also has a familiar name — Rod Curl Jr., the son of Rod Curl, who played regularly on the PGA Tour from 1969-78. Curl's only PGA Tour win was at the 1974 Colonial National Invitation when he defetead Jack Nicklaus by one stroke.
Play because ... : It’s not just about those names. This course hosted several events on the Golden Bear Tour, and is in a convenient location with I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike both near by. The course's conditioning is consistently good, with lively fairways and smooth greens. Also, the design is adaptable for a wide range of players.
Takeaway: Hammock Creek may be the best golf buy in South Florida and it’s an outstanding value for a Nicklaus-designed layout. While the green fees change on an almost weekly basis, it’s always very competitive with other public courses, many of which aren’t nearly as good.
THE RATINGS [1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.0
Pro shop: 8.0
Pace of play: 7.0
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No. 14 [151 | 141 | 133 | 118 | 105 yards]
Water blocks the green along most of Hammock Creek’s shortest par-3, but this creates more of a psychological factor — especially if the course is played with any regularity. It’s also the last par-3 hole, and not really difficult to reach with even an average tee shot. You especially need a good number here, though, as the last four holes are long and strong, and can influence a round significantly
Best par 4: No. 11 [454 | 433 | 379 | 355 | 302 yards]
A good test for the No. 1 handicap hole. Water is somewhat of a factor off the tee, especially if a drive goes even slightly left. While the course offers largely generous fairways off the tee, this one is on the more narrow side.
Best par 5: No. 2 [504 | 489 | 475 | 460 | 362 yards]
This hole is a wake-up call after a timid opening hole. A long water hazard along the right greets golfers at the tee and water is a factor the rest of the way in — on the right and behind the green.