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Foster’s Fairway: Champions Club at Julington Creek

Whether you’re visiting Jacksonville, St. Augustine, or planning a golf vacation, playing the Champions Club at Julington Creek should be something to add to your list.

The rules of golf allow for players to carry no more than 14 clubs in their bags for any given round of golf.  Not using a driver, pitching wedge, and putter for most of your round of golf is a bad thing, it always adds a nice challenge playing a course that requires you to use all 14 of those clubs in the bag. 
Playing 6,908 yards from the back tees and holding a 72.4 rating, the Champions Club at Julington Creek might not seem to be a course that requires a players to fully utilize his bag.  But don’t let the scorecard fool you.  With a number of doglegs, guarded greens, and sculpting tree lines, the layout of the course makes it play a lot longer that it might seem initially.


Take for example the opening dogleg right 1st.  Playing only 368 yards from the back tee, unless you’ve got the ability to play a 30 yard cut/draw, you’ll almost certainly find yourself through the fairway with a driver.  Given this, a three or even five wood is the better play off the tee.  Depending on the tee shot, you could have anywhere from a seven iron to a wedge in to the green.


Another great example of how the course layout and architecture require many different club selections is on the par-5s.  At 526 yards, the par-5 eight is certainly not short, however a large tree and hazard lining the right side of the fairway almost guarantee that you’ll be pulling out an iron for your lay up. By the same token, the 520 yard par-5 also adds length with a sharp dogleg left.  You’ve got to make sure you not only have an accurate tee shot, but one that’s the right length as well.


While it seems like more often than not your number one concern when out playing a round of golf is to just put the ball in play and try to avoid any trouble. But having to consider different shots, club selections, and course strategies certainly adds enjoyment to your round.  You’re certainly not going to get up to every tee, pull out driver and aim right down the middle of every fairway.  The course layout really forces golfers of all skill levels to think about shot selection, especially off the tee.


Whether you’re visiting Jacksonville, St. Augustine, or planning a golf vacation, playing the Champions Club at Julington Creek should be something to add to your list.