At Highland Walk Golf Course, Bermuda grass fairways and greens arch over 6,407 yards of steep hills studded by tall Georgia pines for a challenging 18-hole layout. Throughout the round, the course’s dramatically undulating terrain gives way to sweeping views of the countryside as well as numerous blind shots, giving an advantage to players whose golf bags double as periscopes. Georgian course architect Denis Griffith’s creative use of the terrain is on full display at the signature 17th hole, where golfers drive the ball from terraced tee boxes and over the shadowy, intimidating depths of a ravine. Though the elevation changes place precise shot making at a premium, the course features relatively open fairways and greens, providing ample landing areas for aggressive drives and caddies airlifted in for emergency putt-reading services.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,407 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
With its titanic 8,000-acre breadth, Lake Blackshear presents opportunities for all types of outdoor fun—a natural source of recreation of which Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club takes full advantage. Across the resort's immaculate grounds, guests can hike through the woods or across the shoreline; swim; or rent pontoon, fishing, and ski boats for aquatic sports and exploration. The lake is stocked with bass, bream, crappie, and catfish, and offers hidden coves and shaded areas ripe for fishing.
The lake and its surrounding waterways also help shape one of the resort's main attractions: its 18-hole 7,059-yard golf course. Water hazards come into play on eight different holes, including the signature 15th hole, a par 5 with water all the way down the left side. Those who are able to keep their ball dry will still have to contend with sand traps—60 of them pepper the course—and tall loblolly pines, which hug the Tifway 419 fairways and dwarf bermuda greens throughout the layout.
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