Isleworth is a fun course that meanders through a high end housing developement yet the houses are nicely set back from the course. Steve Smyers did a really nice job creating risk reward approach shots that tempt you to fire at short sided pin placements where if you don't pull off the shot you will be faced with a brutally hard recovery / up and down potential. The side boards on some of the greens are modest yet add to the fun to ensure that a well struck shot often funnels closer to the hole. The routing is interesting and keeps your interest far more than your typical Florida golf course. The modest man made elevation changes are an added feature that adds variety to what otherwise would be mundane terrain. The 2nd hole can be an early round crusher as the narrow shoot is quite intimadating and its a long par 3 which feels like it's almost all carry over water. Personally, it is too narrow for my taste but I can surely see the appeal for a hole that is different than nearly any you will find anywhere. See picture below. The finishing two holes are very strong with a great risk reward par 5 in the 17th followed by a challening and long par 4 18th. Interestingly, the 17th is a dogleg left and the 18th a dogleg right. This course is great training ground for a tour player and as you would expect the conditioning is excellent.
Date: December 29, 2020