Donald Sechrest created the Old Blue Golf Course during the early ‘70s, and a recent, expansive renovation by Tom Clark (Ault, Clark & Associates) has restored the original 18 back to its former glory. Now known as the “Heritage” and “Legends” nines (the front and back of the original 18, respectively), the course carries for more than 7,200 yards and features 79 bunkers.
The club is especially noted for its affiliation with baseball legend Mickey Mantle, who considered it his home course and hosted a charity golf tournament there during the ‘90s. Accordingly, the course’s signature hole is named after him, and with good reason.
No. 9 at the “Legends” is a par five that will be played last during most rounds at the Heritage/Legends route. It features two greens, both in play (with the leader of the round given the honor of choosing which to play toward). One is an island and one is longer to allow more of a run-up following the water crossing. The hole bears Mantle’s name because he once managed to score a double eagle.