ACE Group ClassicFriday Feb 14 - Sunday Feb 16, 2014 • Purse: $1,600,000 • Winning Share: $240,000
11330 Twineagles Boulevard Naples, Florida 34120
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Our first hole offers all golfers a generous landing area for
the opening tee shot but the Nicklaus Design soon shows its teeth
with a very demanding shot into a multi-tiered green with a deep
bunker guarding the front of the green.
This straight forward par three has bunkers right but
don't be fooled into thinking that an easy bail-out left is an
option. This is a very demanding par three that will test any
player's short game.
This great par five demands the player to first put the
ball in play, then sort out their lay-up shot choosing the best
angle to approach this green. A long player will have the
opportunity to go for this green in two shots, but the second must
be hit solid.
Our fourth hole makes you choose right away what shot you
will assume the risk. Bomb it left over the bunkers to leave
yourself a wedge into the green or take it down the right side and
largely increase your yardage in to this well-guarded elevated
green. You may need to play this one a few times before the right
A great par three demanding a perfectly struck tee shot. A
player missing this long narrow green will be faced with a real
short game challenge. Missing the green short is not a bad option.
This long par five gives the player ample space off the
tee with challenges facing the player on the second and third
shots. The fairway bunker in the middle, makes the player face
another risk/reward decision with their second shot. Lay-up short
of the bunker and leave a longer shot into this elevated undulated
green or try to bomb one over the bunker and leave a tricky pitch.
Once the full shots are over, the player is then faced with a green
that demands a proper read and the correct speed.
With ample room off the tee, the seventh challenges the
player to hit this relatively small green and avoid the deep
bunkers short left and right. The "false front" of this green
encourages the player to be long versus short but don't miss this
green long! Best of luck if you do...
The eighth has two greens. While playing to the "short
green" is fairly straight forward, when playing to the "long
green", a lengthy tee shot is required due to the fact that the
approach shot must clear a hazard that guards the green. The
bail-out will be left but, of course, Mr. Nicklaus and his son did
not allow that shot to be an easy recovery. Weigh your options
before you take on this second shot, big numbers are waiting for
Demanding off the tee, number nine gives you a huge waste area left, with a bunker right and out-of-bounds. The second shot is usually a mid to long iron into a green that is well guarded with deep bunkers left and right.
Another quick decision is needed off the tenth tee, the longer player may take on the bunkers right and once they are carried; the player is given an easy wedge shot into the green. Those players that elect to take the ball down the left side will be faced with a mid to short iron that must carry a long fairway / greenside bunker on the left with deep back bunkers lurking.
A demanding tee shot faces the player on the eleventh.
Left to right off the tee is the call but the longer player that
moves the ball from right to left will have to make other
arrangements. After avoiding the right fairway bunker the player
faces an approach shot into a small green, well-guarded by bunkers.
The best part is the occasional back right hole location.
This par three allows you a bail out but demands you to
carry the water short and left. Always remember, missing the green
long will challenge the best of short games.
Even though this par five gives you ample space off the
tee, you cannot miss the tee shot right or left. The second shot
lay-up is fairly straight forward but the approach shot into the
green must be an accurate one. Miss this green and face a myriad of
difficult up-and-downs. We know the longer player will want to go
for this green in two shots, but a great short game will be needed
to reward this risk.
The tee shot on the fourteenth quickly gets the player
focused on the right side of the fairway, but a missed shot right
will not allow for an easy recovery. If you can negotiate the
bunkers left, you will be faced with an approach shot to a slightly
elevated green that is well-guarded by the deep front bunker.
Always remember, there is room behind the green with a left hole
location but when the flagstick resides on the right, long is not a
Pick your target wisely from the tee on the fifteenth. The
fairway is fairly generous but very visually intimidating with the
bunkers left and water right. Once the player finds the fairway
they will be faced with the toughest short iron of the day. This
green is long from front to back but not very wide. The greenside
bunkers left are a better option than the water right but be
careful. If you find the bunkers left, the water is still very much
This relatively short par three gives the player a well
needed breather from the past immediate approach shots. Unlike the
par three's on the front where long and short are okay, this is the
second par three on the back nine where Mr. Nicklaus demands the
player to hit the ball the correct yardage. With plenty of room
right and left, short is not an option.
Focus right on this opening shot due to the fairway
bunkers left. Secondly, hug the left side of the fairway on your
second shot if you dare. This will leave you with a difficult wedge
approach that cannot go left and like hole number fifteen, just
because you bail-out doesn't take the hazard out of play for the
fourth shot. Whether it is a pitch shot or a lag put for the
fourth, the undulating green will be a great test and the five
footer you face for par could be a great round saving putt.
This par four confirms TwinEagles as a championship
layout. The eighteenth is a par four that demands a long, well
placed tee shot negotiating the five fairway bunkers allowing the
player the best approach. The second into eighteen will test
everyone's game with water right a bunker long and a run-off on the
left side of the green. A player must take on this challenge for
any reward but if they choose to protect the lead by laying up left
of the green, a double-bogie is still in the equation.
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