|Water comes into play at no fewer than thirteen of the holes on the Avila Golf & Country Club course. Originally constructed by Ron Garl, the layout was revamped a decade later by Nicklaus Design.|
This is a golfer's golf course. Demanding but fair and fun. By my count water comes into play on 14 holes, if you hit a big duck hook on 6 then 15. It is not a long course at less than 7000 yards but to score you are going to hit some precise golf shots.
The first hole is fairly welcoming. What you see is what you get. I would favor the right side off the tee. The 2nd is a bit more challenging, dogleg right with water in the elbow. Now it gets tougher. The 3rd is a long par four dogleg left. You need to be long enough and far enough right to ensure that you are not blocked out. I think it is the toughest hole on the course. The par 5 4th is a moderate S design and is a legitimate 3 shotter. Don't let the water hazard greenside left sneak up on you. The flip wedge 5th and the driver 8th are the almost compulsory Florida par 3s carry over water. The long par 47th requires a good drive and then a more demanding second shot that is just about all carry over the water hazard. The dogleg right 9th is a how big is your appetite. It is a water carry off the tee.
The back starts with a bang. A dogleg right with water through a fairway that narrow significantly the further right you go. We only had one ball in play and theri second shot was over 200 yards to the green. I am not sure what sage council I can provide other than, don;t hit it the water hazard or the trees. The 11th is a good par 5 with the green tucked right in the water hazard. I do not envision too many fools going for it in two as the water hazard runs the length of the hole on the right. The 12th is another dogleg right with the green protected by a water hazard on the right. This hole does have a generous landing zone. The dogleg left 13th may confuse your foursome as we have been trained to go right. This is a fun hole with water all the way down the left side and the green tucked into the water hazard. The 14th is another 200+ yard par 3. There is BAB greenside left, Not user friendly. The 15th is a slight dogleg right with water all the way down the right side. The 16h is a devious par 5 that can be reached, but you have to really earn it. Water down most of the right side. In the landing area there is a BAB and fairway narrows after that. The 18th is a demanding finishing hole. Slight dogleg left however there is a water hazard that sneaks into play. This will require a strong approach over the water hazard that is just about all carry.
A fun course, i would play it again