The Waterway is a classic design featuring wide fairways, large greens and elevated tee boxes. Floyd’s philosophy of giving a visual perspective of how to play each hole is very evident on this nine. Most notable is the Par 4, 387-yard fifth hole, which borders the scenic Intracoastal Waterway.
By The Numbers
The Waterway Hole #1
To open The Waterway, a straight and solid drive is needed to avoid the bunkers left, and the mounds right. Your drive will funnel to the left with this sloping fairway. Your approach is slightly uphill with trouble short, so consider taking an extra club. Note: Fairway yardages are from low-point drainage basins unless marked to a bunker or a tree. The arcs designate layup or carry yardage from the tee box.
The Waterway Hole #6
This is perhaps the most difficult green to hit on the entire course and the putt that awaits you will likely have a severe break. It is crucial to take enough club here as any ball that comes up short will tumble down to the collection area in front of the green. A par here will win this hole more times than not.
The Waterway Hole #7
This hole is a true test! Trees line this gentle dogleg and finding the fairway is a must. Favor the right side as there is more room for error and ‘left’ is marked as a lateral hazard. The green has two distinct tiers and being on the wrong one will make two-putting difficult. Beware of the pond, it is sometimes unseen from the fairway.
The Waterway Hole #9
The finishing hole on The Waterway has determined more than a few matches. This par 5 is very reachable in two, but the green is complex and very well guarded. Do not try to fly the fairway bunkers from the tee, it is longer than it looks and can turn this fairly tame par 5 into 7 or 8. Also check the pin location, the green is well over 100 ft. from back to front.