Known as the "watery challenge", Longboat Key Club's 6,792-yard Islandside Golf Course borders the Gulf of Mexico and features water hazards that come into play on all 18 holes – making accuracy off the tee essential.
More than 5,000 palm trees and pink and white blooming oleander line the course's fairways and canals, making Islandside one of Florida's most spectacular golf courses. Tifdwarf grass on the greens ensures smooth putting surfaces, while the course's setting in a protected bird sanctuary guarantees an abundance of colorful "birdies" during your play.
Islandside's Signature Holes
Par 5 - 500 yards
The true definition of a risk/reward hole, this par 5 challenges players from the tee box all the way to the green. The hole is bordered by water on both sides for its entire length and must be crossed in front of the green. There is also a well-placed fairway bunker on the right side and a greenside bunker on the left. The longer player may choose to go for the green in two, but the penalty is severe if the second shot is miss-hit. Most players choose to lay-up short of the water in front and play a 100-yard shot to the rather large green that is sloped back to front.
Par 4 - 420 yards
Your drive must be long and straight to avoid the water on the right and out-of-bounds on the left of this challenging hole. There is also a fairway bunker on the right awaiting a pushed/sliced drive. The second shot will be from 175 to 200 yards to an elevated green that is bunkered on both sides. The green slopes back to front, so it is very important to be on the correct portion of the putting surface.
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