Ponte Vedra Inn & Club -Ocean, is a Resort, 18 hole golf course located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Ponte Vedra Beach is close to Jacksonville, Florida. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has two 18-hole golf courses, The Ocean Course and The Lagoon.
The Ponte Vedra Ocean Course first opened for play in 1928. The course was designed by Bertram Strong.
The Par 72, 6,574-yard Ocean Course was the area's first resort golf experience. Lacking earth moving equipment, Strong used 100 mules dragging slip pans to shape course contours, dredge lagoons and build up a series of earthen mounds that dot the fairways creating dramatic undulations.
Praises have followed the Ocean Course from the very beginning. In 1939, the Ocean Course was selected as the host for the prestigious Ryder Cup Matches. Unfortunately, just months prior to the scheduled event, it was cancelled due to the onset of World War II. In 1942, after completing a match, golf legend Bobby Jones commented, "it's a course to challenge professionals." Five times in its history, the Ocean Course has proudly served as the site for the U.S. Open qualifying round.
The Ocean Course's ninety-nine strategically positioned sand bunkers enhance the beauty and increase the challenge of the golf experience. Designed to accommodate defensive pin positions, the elevated greens place a demand on thoughtful and accurate approach shots.
Gold tees: 6,871 yards, 73.3 course rating. 138 slope rating.
Blue tees: 6,498 yards, 71.6 course rating. 134 slope rating.
White tees: 6,066 yards, 69.2 course rating. 128 slope rating.
Green tees: 5,618 yards, 66.8 course rating. 122 slope rating.
Red tees: 4,967 yards, 69.5 course rating. 117 slope rating.
$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, April 2007 at 10am
This is a nice companion to the Lagoon Course. It's much longer and the distance becomes the major difference between the two. From a skill level, it requires a bit more power and a little less finesse than the Lagoon Course, but make no mistake about it. There's enough trouble on this course, that it requires a little thinking to go with the extra length required to reach the longer holes. Combine both courses and it makes for a nice place for your golfing headquarters for a few days.
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