Course Review - Camp Creek Golf Club
The par-5 No. 3 at Camp Creek Golf Club
Tucked away on Floridas panhandle, just west of Panama City Beach, is an absolute hidden gem of a golf course ' Camp Creek Golf Club.
Designed by famed golf course architect Tom Fazio, Camp Creek is situated just off Northwest Floridas Scenic Highway 30A in The St. JOE Companys ocean-side WaterSound community, a quaint coastal town located mid-way between Panama City Beach and Destin.
Opened in 2001, Camp Creek is a private members course but it also available for resort guests of the WaterColor and WaterSound Beach Resorts. WaterColor consists of a 60-room boutique inn on the Gulf of Mexico, as well as luxury vacation rental homes and condos. WaterSound includes luxury vacation home rentals and high-end condos located in the towns gatehouse and Compass Pointe District. So yes, you can play this beauty without being a member.
Ranked No. 6 in Golfweeks 2008 Best Courses You Can Play, it's clear once you get out onto the course why it has achieved this ranking.
The lush wetlands look as if you have gone back in time, nary a home or condo in sight. The course is kept in pristine condition, which adds to its stunning visual layout. Sand dunes frame many of the holes but due to its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, there is plenty of water hazards to be found.
With five sets of tees, the course offers a perfect challenge for a wide range of golfers and their handicaps. The fairways are for the most part generous and fair, but it is mostly approach shots that will get the golfers' attention. Typical Fazio greens - large and undulating - await, and with plenty of trouble to be had if you miss the green.
Two other St. JOE owned courses in the vicinity are Shark's Tooth and the Origins Course.
Shark's Tooth, designed by ' you guessed it - Greg Norman ' is an another award-winning course nearby that features plenty of visually stimulating holes as well. Sharks Tooth, similar to Camp Creek, can be played by WaterColor and WaterSound resort guests.
The Origins Course, designed by Davis Love's company, is a 6-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a 9-hole executive course or a 10-hole par 3 layout depending on the use of alternate tee boxes. It is open to the public as well as guests of the resorts, and was designed specifically for beginners and families.
The icing on the cake of this area, besides the outstanding golf, is the laid back surrounding area, with plenty of shops, restaurants and activities.
The par-4 18th hole, No. 2 handicap hole. It's one of the longest par 4s from the tips, at 453-yards. The landing area is dangerously close to the lake on the right, and the green is smaller than No. 9 green, the No. 1 handicap hole.
MOST MEMORABLE HOLE
The shortest par-4 on the course, the 352-yard par-4 13th. Fourteen bunkers and a long waste bunker, right, grace this two-shotter and make it appear more intimidating than it is difficult. The green, often described as 'wedding cake' is elevated and makes for a blind approach.
'As difficult as this golf course is (152 slope, among the highest in the state), the key is to take advantage of the enormous landing areas on most holes to have an approach shot in regulation to the severe greens. Miss the fairway and you're playing from behind.' - Will Hopkins, General Manager.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than one million cubic feet of dirt and 250 oak trees were planted to provide Camp Creek's 'dunescape' feel.
Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups
Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.
That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.
Watch the video below.
The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.
Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win
ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title
The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.
Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.
Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.
Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.
Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.
Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass
CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.
According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.
“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”
But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.
It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.
“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”
DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.
“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”
Bubba fires 63 to win his third Travelers title
Bubba Watson fired a final-round 63 to storm from six back and steal the Travelers Championship. Here’s how Bubba came from behind once again at TPC River Highlands.
Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-17), Stewart Cink (-14), Beau Hossler (-14), J.B. Holmes (-14), Paul Casey (-14)
What it means: This is Watson’s 12th PGA Tour win, his third of the season, and his third Travelers title. Watson picked up his first Tour victory at this event in 2010 – when he also came from six back – and won again in 2015 in a playoff victory over – guess who – Casey. Thinking he might need a round of 60 to scare the leader, Watson made eight birdies, the last of which came on the 72nd hole, giving him the outright lead by one. A short while later, Casey would bogey the 16th and 17th to end the drama and allow Bubba to breathe easy. With the win, Watson becomes the only Tour player to win three times this season. He moves to third in the FedExCup points race, behind two-time winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.
Round of the day: Cink’s round was a stroke better, but Bubba earns this title for winning the title. The left-hander made the turn in 2-under 33 and then ripped off five birdies on his back nine to take the clubhouse lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish.
Best of the rest: Cink looked as though he was going to record the second sub-60 round at the Travelers in the last three years. The 2009 champion golfer of the year played his first 10 holes in 7 under par on the par-70 layout. Cink added three more birdies but also added two bogeys to settle for 8-under 62, tying the round of the week. The 45-year-old has finished T-4 and T-2 in his last two starts.
Biggest disappointment: Casey (2-over 72) began the day up four and couldn’t close. Even par on his round through 15 holes, he missed a 4-footer for par on 16 and found the water off the tee at 17, ending his chances. The Englishman, who ended a nine-year Tour winless drought earlier this season at the Valspar, is now 1 for 4 with a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.
Shot of the day: Watson’s wedge from 77 yards at the 72nd hole, setting up his eighth and final birdie of the day.
Quote of the day: “That’s the best shot you ever hit.” – caddie Ted Scott to Bubba Watson on his approach at 18