Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
Like there was any doubt...
Jack Nicklaus is the greatest player in the history of golf.
Golf Digest (September 2000) released the results of their reader survey, polling over 11,000 golfers from 19 different countries. Golf Digest writes, "It came as no surprise that Jack Nicklaus was named the greatest golfer of all time by the survey participants in every country."
When Jack designs a golf course, he exudes the same level of passion that he demonstrated as a player.
This Nicklaus Signature Course is the focal point of The Club at Porto Cima - located immediately across the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge on the Shawnee Bend peninsula of the Lake of the Ozarks.
It is the only 18-hole waterfront Jack Nicklaus-Signature course in Missouri and was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top private courses in the nation.
The front nine is cut out of a thick oak forest and plays through undulating terrain with a number of elevation changes and uneven lies. This makes club selection and shot selection a priority.
The back nine opens up and has much gentler elevation changes. With five holes playing along The Lake of the Ozarks, maintaining your focus within the beauty is a challenge!
Hole by hole
#1 – Those weary of the driver may easily hit a 3-wood or hybrid on the opening hole. The wide fairway slopes to the left thus hitting down the right side will produce desirable results. Watch out for the false front on the right of the green.
#2 – This lengthy hole requires an accurate tee shot with two large bunkers that protrude on the right and another to the left. On the approach the fairway narrows to the right and slops to the left. The approach requires shots into a two-tiered green with a significant slope to the left.
#3 – A breathtaking par three, this hole is equipped with cascading waterfalls in the front and behind the green. Club selection can be a challenge with the yardage playing slightly shorter downhill into a two-tiered green. Beware of falling prey to the beautiful scenery surrounding this hole.
#4 – The first par 5 on the course provides a great opportunity for birdie. Avoid the creek that runs the length of this hole on the right and around the green. A timid second shot may catch one of the many intrusions of the creek into the right sloping fairway.
#5 – One of the harder par 4's on the golf course, the placement of the tee-shot is crucial to the approach. The fairway narrows for the longer hitters with a creek along the left that fills a small pool guarding the green. A ridge through the middle divides the green into two half's.
#6 – This par 3 offers the first view of the lake as it ripples into the cove. The two-tiered green offers a wide assortment of pin locations that can be greatly influenced by the gentle breeze coming in from the lake.
#7 – Driver may not be necessary on this short par 4 with a wide landing area into a fairway that slopes to the right. A small creek meanders its way around the right of the green and empties into the lake. A greenside bunker guards the left side.
#8 – An uphill dogleg left, this par 5 is a tough one to reach in two. The fairway slopes drastically to the left off the tee into a gradual slope up by the green. The placement of the approach shot will make or break the hole with subtle undulations planted in the green.
#9 – One last test before the back nine with a downhill tee shot into a fairway that slopes to the left. Miss it left and you'll be at the bottom of a small ravine lucky to have a shot. The green is slightly uphill from the separated fairway.
#10 – The shortest par 4 on the course, this hole is the epitome of risk vs. reward. Trees on the right guard the green and fairway bunkers to the left make club choice a challenge. Longer hitters can reach the fairway over the bunkers left, leaving a great angle into this narrow green.
#11 – This par 4 plays slightly down hill and sloping gently to the right. The tee boxes may be out in the open, but the fairway is completely encompassed by towering oak trees. The greens only bunker that guards the front right seems to funnel stray golf shots.
#12 –The twelfth hole heads back up the hill, which adds to the already lengthy hole. Relatively flat at the start of the fairway, the hole progressively slopes more to the left as it curls around to the green. The green contains a bowl in the front center that filters wondering shots.
#13 – This par 5 has a small creek that maneuvers is way in front of the fairway and down the left, funneling into the lake. Safe shots could end up in the only fairway bunker on the right or in the thick fescue rough on the side of a severe slope. From here the lake runs down the left side and guards the green.
#14 – This lengthy par 3 takes you over a deep ravine where the green sits on the side of a left to right slope. Two greenside bunkers guard the front right and the back left of this enormous green. A safer shot allows a player to sneak the ball onto the green from the left.
#15 – Considered the signature hole, #15 is probably the most photographed hole on the golf course. This stunning par 5 exhibits a gradual descent to a peninsula green that offers a panoramic view of the lake. Be sure to steer clear of the 12 bunkers strategically placed on this golf hole.
#16 – This relatively short par 3 is guarded all along the left and around the back by the lake. The green contains two tiers that can produce some challenging pin locations. The lower left side of the green requires players to carry tee shots over the lake.
#17 – The split fairway on this hole requires shots to carry over the lake off the tee. With a fairway that slopes toward a narrowing edge on the left, be sure to choose your target line carefully. The green sits on the side of a hill guarded by an 85-yard carry over the lake.
#18 – One of the tougher finishes in golf, this hole has produced many prolific endings. From the elevated back tees, the hole measures 461 yards. The tee shot plays over the lake into a fairway leading you uphill toward the clubhouse. The fairway runs along the meandering Borland Creek sprung from a 25-foot waterfall behind the green.
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