It's been just over a decade since Chi Chi Rodriguez used his talents to redesign Palm Cove Golf & Yacht Club.
He was brought in to make playable a course that had the reputation of penalizing just about every shot. Over the years, the course has continued to evolve and become even more golfer friendly.
Those who played the course before Chi Chi's work remember a plethora of strange humps and mounds that resembled buried cars. Those are long gone, along with the severe bunkering and those annoying Brazilian Pepper Trees that pinched the fairways.
The course is relatively short, but don't let this cause you to let your guard down. If you have a club that you can hit straight, by all means, bring it!
Palm Cove measures 6,226 yards from the tips. But, there are tees for everyone, five sets to be exact. The course can play as short as 4,399 up to 5,798 with two sets of tees in-between before you have to venture all the way to the back. Most of the length is chewed up by the final pair of par-5s on the golf course.
There is a lot of water, which comes into play on all but two holes. The greens are smaller than most courses, but they should be with the lack of length. The fairways are well famed and there is room to miss the green and still find a way to get up-and-down. This is not to say that you can spray the ball. If you do, bring an extra sleeve or two. I managed to leave a Bridgestone in someone's pool!
The par-3 eighth, in my opinion, is the best hole on the front side. The 187-yard hole from the back tees requires a very good shot to a timber-walled green. You must avoid going left or being short.
It may not look it, but there is plenty of room for your tee shot at the par-5 14th. On the card, it's the longest hole on the golf course, but smart play will yield you a good chance at birdie. The lay-up area is larger than it appears from where you're standing after your tee shot.
The 16th hole is the widest on the golf course, and if you've been itching all day to really let the driver out, here is your chance.
Number 18 is my favorite. It's reachable in two if you want to gamble and try for eagle, or you can play safe, avoiding the water to the right, and take your par or maybe a birdie.
Palm Cove Golf & Yacht Club is a track that requires accuracy, and you can forget over-powering the course. If you get wild, it will eat you alive! Take what it gives you, use your head, play from the proper set of tees and bring a good short game for when you miss the small greens, and you'll do well.
To experience Palm Cove Golf & Yacht Club, give them a call at (772) 287-5605 or visit www.palmcovegolf.com.
New Boss at PGA Village
The PGA of America has a new sheriff in town. Jimmy Terry, whose quarter-century of management experience includes serving as PGA Senior General Manager for PGA Tour Course properties at TPC San Antonio and TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, is the new General Manager at the PGA of America's flagship facility, PGA Village in Port St. Lucie.
The 52-year-old Terry is responsible for managing all programs, sales, marketing and community relations plans to fulfill the mission and objectives of the PGA's only owned and operated golf resort destination.
"In order to launch an exciting new era at PGA Village, we searched across the country for the most qualified person to lead our facility and elevate its stature in being recognized as one of the top golf destinations in America," said Ted Bishop, PGA president. "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jimmy Terry, who brings an award-winning track record of customer service, sales, marketing and revenue development."
"To serve as General Manager of my Association's own facility is a dream come true and an honor for me," said Terry. "The PGA Village must serve as a source of pride for each and every PGA member and apprentice, while our club, staff and operations must be considered as the very pinnacle of our industry."
For more information on the PGA Village visit www.pgavillage.com or call 800-800-GOLF (4653).
Who Wants to Win?
A few weeks ago I wrote about several sunglass companies. I now have a few pair and a couple of two-pair kits to give away. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a postcard at PO Box 2012, Palm City, FL 34991, and I will draw winners from those of you who write come Nov.1.
James Stammer has been an avid golfer and golf enthusiast for nearly 40 years. He hosts the Thursday Night Golf Show on WSTU 1450-AM. Contact him at email@example.com.