Find a challenge at Cimarrone Golf Club in Jacksonville

By Travel ArticlesFebruary 2, 2012, 5:00 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are plenty of places to lose a ball at Cimarrone Golf Club, located along the southern border of the city just 10 minutes from the World Golf Village.

All 18 holes feature water or wetland of some type. Architect David Postlethwait took what the Florida swamp gave him and did his best to make Cimarrone more forgiving than its tough-guy image implies. There are few forced carries. And with five sets of tees, players can move up if things start to go sour.

'It is definitely challenging having the marsh or water on every hole,' said Assistant Golf Professional Mike Renn. 'Thats the biggest draw for people. It is a challenge.'

Most players choose the white tees since there's more fairway to work with from 6,103 yards. The 6,553-yard blue tees bring length and intimidation into play.

'Out here, if you are struggling off the tee, you should be up further to take the water out of play,' Renn said. 'For the average golfer, it is one of the harder courses (in the area) because it is so tight.'

It isn't just the water that defends par. Cimarrone's greens are smaller than many modern courses. Scoring requires precision and staying on the proper side of the hole.

Postlethwait doesn't waste any time in testing a player's nerves. With a strong drive off the first tee, it's decision time. Players can shoot directly to the green tucked behind a pond or layup along the left side for a safer approach with a wedge in hand.

The par-3 second, the narrow, par-4 third and the short sixth tend to intimidate right-handed slicers with water up the starboard side. The par 4s at No. 7 and No. 8 feature water left just to mix things up a bit. The ninth and 17th are similar 135-yard shots from the whites over marsh.

The best hole comes at No. 10, a severe dogleg right. The second requires a daunting approach over a pond to a green that slopes hard back to front. Back-to-back par 5s at No. 13 and No. 14 can relinquish birdie or double bogey. The 439-yard 18th remains one of Jacksonville's toughest finishing holes with water in play off the tee and a marsh protecting the green.

'The layout I love,' said Harold Ford, a local who plays the course regularly. 'It's always in good shape.'

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Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 10:19 pm

Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.

But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.

With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.

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Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time

By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.

In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.

His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.

“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”

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Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.

“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”

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DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 23, 2018, 9:20 pm

Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.

DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.

"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."

DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.

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Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 9:09 pm

In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.

With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.

The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher. 

The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.