|Previously known as the Legacy course, the Palmer layout at the 54-hole Reunion Spa & Golf Resort opened in 2004 and is set within an enormous 2,300-acre former citrus grove.|
The Palmer course at the Reunion Resort is not your typical Florida golf course. The bunkers are more penal than the water hazards. Additionally, the greens are huge and multi-tiered. The only straight putt I had all day was 3 feet.
The first hole is welcoming, a mid-length par 4, dogleg left. The green slopes hard left to right with a water hazard right of the green. The 2nd is short downhill par 3. It is at least one club less. For you big hitters the par 5 3rd is reachable. For the rest of us choose your approach wedge yardage carefully. There is a huge waste bunker running the entire length of the hole on the left. The 4th is a birdie oppty. Off the tee aim right of center. There is another large waste bunker on the left and the green is protected by a BAB on the left as well. The par 4 6th is a slight dogleg right with a waste bunker down the right side and fairway bunkers guarding the landing area on both sides of the elbow. The green is multi-tiered with greenside bunkers, right and left. The 7th is a really cool hole. A short, and when I say short, 303 from the tips and then 274 and 249. It is reachable but has all the characteristics of a great risk/reward hole. Carrying the water hazard should not be an issue, but the deep bunker on both sides of a roller coaster green may cause you to reconsider. In our group we had two drives on the front of the green and two in the right bunker. One par and three bogeys. The front closes out with a tough a tough par and par 5. The 8th is a slight dogleg right with a fairway bunker guarding the elbow and a waste bunker running down the right. The 9th has large waste bunkers running most of the way on both sides. The fairway is extremely mogulled.
The back starts with a long par 5 dogleg right. This is a three shot hole. You will be tempted to cut the corner. Not a lot of upside to do this. There is a large waste bunker and fairway bunker. This green is well protected. The 11th is a birdie oppty. Off the tee favor the right side to avoid the fairway bunker on the left. The par 4 12th has a huge landing area. Your approach needs to be precise, there is steep dropoff right and bunker left. The 13th is a tough par 4, slight dogleg left. Be careful you don’t cutoff more than you can chew, there is water left, but there is also a colony of bunkers on the right. The short par 3 14th is a birdie oppty. It is the closest thing to a Florida par 3 on this course. You must carry the water hazard and the prime Florida swampland. The 15th is reachable in two if you have the courage to carry more swamp. A good risk reward where you can see the hazard and pick how aggressive, or not, you want to be. The 17th is another birdie oppty. Short dogleg left with waste and fairway bunker down the left side. I would suggest aiming at the large tree through the fairway favoring the left side. Not a good hole to hit driver. The 18th is a wonderful finishing hole. A demanding par 4 with a waste bunker all the way down the right side. Take an extra club on your approach as the green is elevated, two tiered and surrounded by bunkers.
Of the 3 courses at Reunion I would rate them Watson, Palmer, Nicklaus. This is a good, fair, fun test of golf.