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Foster’s Fairway: Slammer and Squire

Named for two legends of the game, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, the Slammer and Squire plays a little shorter than its King and Bear counterpart. At 6,939 yards from the stone tees, the course challenges players with club selection and course management, while also rewarding aggressive shots.

A couple months ago we posted an article on the King and Bear Golf Course, part of St. Augustine, Florida’s World Golf Village.  Today, we’ll take a look at the second course at the resort, the Slammer and Squire.


Named for two legends of the game, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, the Slammer and Squire plays a little shorter than its King and Bear counterpart.  At 6,939 yards from the stone tees, the course challenges players with club selection and course management, while also rewarding aggressive shots.


The par-4 first gives players a great feel for how the rest of the course lays out. Playing 385 yards, this slight dogleg right doesn’t require a long drive off the tee. Anywhere from a long iron to three wood will put you in good position to attack a green guarded by large bunkers.  With bunkers running down the right side of the fairway, and a water hazard lurking down the far left side, there are spots for trouble on the tee shot, however most tee shots that are on target should land you safely in the fairway.


After the first hole, players should have decent chances of scoring opportunities in the par-3 second and par-4 third before having to take on what is likely the most challenging three-hole stretch on the course.  Playing as the number one handicap of the course, the long par-5 fourth demands length and accuracy on both the tee and approach shots, forcing you to navigate two water hazards and a couple of fairway bunkers.  The straightaway par-4 fifth and dogleg par-4 sixth won’t allow you to let your guard down either.


Making the turn, players will find that the back nine has just as much in store for them as the front.  The short par-4 tenth and reachable par-5 eleventh can help to get a round back on track, while the 311 yard par-4 fourteenth should make for an easy par as well.  Throw in a challenging final three holes and the difficult par-4 twelfth and not only do you have an enjoyable back nine but a memorable round overall.


In all, it’s hard to beat the golf experience that the Slammer and Squire, King and Bear, and World Golf Village have to offer. Both of these resort-style courses are guaranteed never to disappoint, so if you’re looking for a great venue for a golf trip, you have to put these courses on your list.