|Redesigned in recent years by Gene Bates, the Old course at the Broken Sound Club has hosted the Allianz Championship on the PGA Champions Tour since 2007.|
The Broken Sound Old Course is somewhat unique in that it does not wind through the prototypical Florida housing development. Also, most people are surprised by the size and maturity of the trees. The opening hole is welcoming, a backward S par 5. Aim aim at the fairway bunkers off the tee. There is a water hazard right about 150 yards out. It doesn't take long for Broken SOund to show it's teeth. The second hole is tough. A long par 4 with OB left. Right is better off the tee. The approach is to an elevated green with a water hazard right and OB left. The par 3s 3, 8 and 14 are the requisite Florida par 3s with carry over water and in this case bunkers. The 4th hole is a short par 4 and a birdie oppty. However, there is a waste bunker and OB the entire left side of the hole. Another raised green slopes left to right and is well protected with bunkers. The 5th is another birdie oppty. All you have to do is hit it straight. The 6th is a long par five dogleg left with water on the elbow. Left off the tee is better as there are a plethora of hazards right. Hit your second shot to give yourself your preferred wedge yardage. The 7th is a classic risk reward short par 4. It is driveable, but danger lurks, large waste bunker left, several other bunkers on both sides. Oh, i forgot to mention the water. Regardless, a fun hole. Conversely, the 9th was not so fun. Of course when you duck hook your drive into the water hazard left you get what you deserve.
The 10th is a super golf hole. The fairway is split by an oak tree on the right and palm trees left. As a hooker i aimed at the oak tree and things worked out much better than 9. This requires the player to strategically plan how they want to execute their tee shot. Water all the way down the right. The 13th is one of the toughest hole on the golf course. To have a chance you must hit a good drive, hazards on the left and trouble right. The green is a peninsula and multi-tiered. The par 5 16th is reachable, but be wary of the cluster of oak trees on/in the right side of the fairway. The slight dogleg left par 4 17th looks more intimidating than it is. Choose your aiming point carefully off the tee to carry and cut the water hazard. The par 5 18th i do not like at all. It seemed way to tricked up. Dogleg left, over water with a narrow driving slot. After that you must maneuver around 7 scattered fairway bunkers to a well protected green.
Good but not great