Odessa National Golf Club is an 18 hole public golf course located in Townsend, Delaware.
Odessa National Golf Club opened for play in the summer of 2008. This par-72 course was designed by Gil Hanse and Joel Weiman.
Odessa National Golf Club plays to 7,047 yards from the back tees.
Golfers will enjoy the rural quality of the former dairy farm. Each hole is comfortably separated from one another, with visually satisfying setbacks from the club's property lines.
There is a good mix of holes that alternately demand accuracy and distance control. Greens on the shorter holes tend to be small and unbunkered. Longer holes feature broader green complexes that are most receptive to holding approaches with long iron and hybrid clubs. Average green size is about 8,000 square-feet. Grasses are allowed to grow high in season.
#2 is Odessa's No. 1 handicap hole. Thist 632-yard par 5 has water threatening on every shot. The tee shot is blind, but a yardage sign marks the distance to the water that bisects the fairway (about 270 yards from the tee box). The sensible second shot is aimed at the 150-yard marker, which sets up a reasonably cozy third shot that nevertheless must carry a finger of water that is in play when the pin is on the right-hand quadrant of the green.
#7 is a 430-yard par-4. It is a dogleg left that again requires two forced carries over penal waste. Short hitters may want to play this as a bogey five, and lay up again to avoid the waste area in front of the green.
#15 is a 226-yard par-3. You hit across a ravine that is all carry from the tips.
#17 is a 167-yard par-3. This hole is straight forward and can make up for strokes you may have lost on #15.
Course superintendant Joe Gulotti said, "It's an excellent layout. It's very different from the other courses here in the Middletown area. "It's undulating, has some nice changes in elevation, and it's got a lot of trees. We've got an eagle's nest on the 15th hole right now. There is a lot of wildlife out here."
$31 (cart included), played on Friday, December 2011 at 10am
Great value, course in excellent condition for time of year!
$31 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2010 at 2pm
Only negative is that 2 of the par 5's don't allow for hitting driver from the white tees due to water/wetland. Have to hit a club about 170 yds. Other than that - it's my favorite course in the area.
$41 (cart included), played on Thursday, March 2010 at 10am
The Odessa National course has a very good layout. No two holes alike, most are challenging and fun to play. Course is new and a new clubhouse is going up, which will improve food service and pro shop. People very friendly and accommodating.
$36 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2008 at noon
New course. Very playable with plenty of challenge. All clubs come into play. The greens are great! Staff very friendly. Everyone should play this course. I will play it again.
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