|Not only did Arnold Palmer design the course at Adios Golf Club back in the early 1980s, he was also one of sixteen founder members that established the golf club.|
The history and founding of Adios Golf Club is almost as interesting as the course itself. The property was originally owned by a spinster named Eleanor Ritchey. She was the childless gran daughter of the founder of Quaker State Oil. While childless she did lack for company. When she passed on in 1968 she had 150 dogs on property. Her will specified that the dogs were to receive everything.
In the late 1970s a group of businessmen, led by Delvin Miller, a harness racer from PA, were looking for a property in south Florida that was devoid of the classic Florida real estate gold development clutter. Miller tasked developer Charles MacCallum with finding a suitable property. It took almost a year to find the parcel that would be big enough for Adios golf course. Some of the original partners included Arnold Palmer, Dave Thomas (Wendy’s) and Whitey Ford. Construction started on the Palmer design in 1982The club still has a huge athlete presence. We played with Jason Taylor and I was told Arod was on the course.
It is not an excessively long course, from the tips it is around 6800 yards. The first hole is a dogleg right welcoming par five. Stay left off the tee. The par 4 2nd is a big bender left. It comes down to your appetite, while you have to carry water the bigger challenges are the two bunkers on the inside elbow. The par 4 3rd, while it is the number 5 handicap, can be an excellent birdie oppty. However, if the pin is tucked front left, don’t go pin seeking. There is a good chance you will end up in the water. Five is another dogleg left with water running down the entire left side. I think the play here is not to get greedy, favor the left side and you should still have a scoring iron approach. The par 5 6th is a par 5 that actually deserves to be the number one handicap hole. Tight landing area off the tee, with a bunker chasing you all the way down the right. A couple of strategically placed fairway bunkers will force you to think about what club to hit on your second shot. Last but not least this is a well protected green. Eight and nine require accurate drives and crisp approaches over water. On 8 left is safe, except for the fairway bunker. A strong aggressive drive down the right side will give you a green light. On the 9th the right side is the best angle into the green, however, be cognizant of the water hazard.
The 10th is a straight way, what you see is what you get. The 11th, once again a sold tee shot is required to set up an approach over water. The short par 3 12th is supposed to be the easiest on the course. We made no pars. The green is shaped like a bicycle seat with bunkers on each side of the nose. If the pin is front proceed with caution. The 13th is a good risk reward par 5. Dogleg right with lots of water. You can cut the corner but the fairway narrows significantly in what should be the landing zone. The number 2 handicap par 4 15th is a tough hole. Long, straight, tight and with another approach carry over water. The short par 4 dogleg left 16th is a fun birdie oppty hole. You can cut the corner, but the fairway narrows with another approach over water. The 17th is the ubiquitous Florida par 3 with carry over water. The 18th is a great finishing hole, a longer par five with danger lurking all around. A tight driving hole with fairway bunkers adding to the compression. Your second shot must clear the water hazard bisecting the fairway. You guessed it another approach over water!
Super golf course that I believe should be rated much higher.