Pine Tree Golf Club, US

Pine Tree is one of many golf courses in Florida and this one is located close to some of the greatest and most private clubs in Florida.2018-09-26 12.06.20.jpg

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View from the clubhouse

The course is located within a community, but contrary to many other courses it is not affiliated with the community. It is a private club and quite exclusive. I was looking forward to visiting the course and having played a lot of golf in Florida I had high expectations.

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short game area

The driving range was under reconstruction so I used some time to sharpen up my short game. Really nice practice area and perfectly maintained.

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2nd hole par 3

The course condition was perfect and the course is pretty difficult especially around the greens. Generally the greens are protected by bunkers pretty much all around. The greens are hard and fast, so coming from the rough with little backspin makes it extremely difficult to stay on the green. So in short, stay on the fairway to stay on the greens.

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2nd green with my tee shot. It was probably my best birdie opportunity which I missed.
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Here you get a good idea of the greens and bunkers. Many of the greens are elevated to make it even more challenging.

 

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Pin sheets in the cart which was a nice touch.

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Hole 13, par 3

A really well designed par 3 which just shows that they don’t need to be long to be difficult. I was in between clubs and took a the longer club which ended up in the bunker. Made a great sand safe.

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Mr. Woodland recently joined the club

 

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Hole 18, par 4

Nice finishing hole where I unfortunately never found my ball from the tee so ended up with a double bogey.

I shot 79 with a couple of birdies which was a satisfactory score on a difficult course. The condition was perfect and one thing I noticed was the setup of the tee boxes that are all on long rectangular shapes. I quite liked that setup and found it easier to setup for tee shots compared to the tee boxes aiming in different directions to the fairway.

I had a great time on the course and really enjoy these experiences as it is very different from what I am used to in Europe. Will definitely be back for the experience again.

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