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Course Management Key at the LPGA International Hills Course

When you combine the Rees Jones Course and the Hills Course, LPGA International is a great destination for those looking for that memorable golf vacation. Each course has its own character and challenges that give great variety for one venue.

A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the signature Rees Jones Course in Daytona Beach.  Now, we’ll take a look at the second course that calls LPGA International home, the equally challenging and memorable Hills Course.


Playing just under 7,000 yards from the Black Tees, players will find that it is the course’s layout, rather than length that provides the true challenge.  There are plenty of places on the course where poor course management can make a 370 yard hole a lot longer. Take, for example, the 386 yard par-4 first.  When you first step up to the tee, a relatively open fairway may invite a more aggressive tee shot, however players must be mindful of where they intend to land the ball.  A tee shot that finds the right side bunker or rough will likely lead to a blind second shot into a small green guarded by a front right bunker.


Then there is the short par-4 fourth.  With the sharp dogleg creating an ideal landing area somewhere around 200-230 yards from the back tees, you won’t need a driver off the tee.  Of more importance however is the placement of the tee shot. In order to have a clear shot at the green you’ll have to avoid intelligently placed bunkers on the left and right side of the fairway, along with a water hazard in between the fairway and hole. 


You’ll also find similar defense on the tenth and eighteenth holes which also requires accurate and thought-out drives to provide for the best approach shot. It is easy to see how the eighteenth in particular plays as the hardest hole on the golf course. A large tree on the left side of the fairway makes positioning your drive crucial.  
Depending on what time of year you’re playing there is one other layer of defense that the course has --  the rough.  While it might not compare to rough you typically see at the U.S. Open, there are spots on the course where a tee shot or approach shot that is a few degrees off can lead to trouble and added shots.

When you combine the Rees Jones Course and the Hills Course, LPGA International is a great destination for those looking for that memorable golf vacation.  Each course has its own character and challenges that give great variety for one venue


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