The water hazards at Lakewood Links may seem innocuous at first glance—until golfers realize that they are seemingly everywhere. Waterways come into play on 11 holes throughout the round, often in positions that leave golfers little room for error. On the ninth hole—a 421-yard par-four rated the most difficult on the course—a pond intersects the fairway right down the middle, making golfers think twice about hitting their driver off the tee. The par three 13th hole is the course's signature track, and for good reason: from the tee box, golfers take aim at a scenic island green stationed 173 yards in the distance. Before rounds, golfers can warm up with practice strokes at the driving range or by using their tees as chopsticks over lunch at the Bamboo Bar.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Length of 6,826 yards from the tips
* Course rating of 73.8 from the tips
* Slope rating of 124 from the tips
* Four tee options
Shannon Greens Golf Club's emerald-tinged fairways and lush, well-trimmed greens highlight this challenging par 72 course, which sends adventurous pairs on an 18-hole odyssey across its many lakes and slopes. Send pearly projectiles hurtling over water hazards on seven holes lined by watery shores, where ball-eating oysters greedily wait. Golfers cast picture-picture tee shots onto the course's signature island green, which players can travel back and forth to in a zippy cart. The course’s 18 holes are as well rounded as the dimpled spheres that litter their ridges, featuring an equal ratio of five par 3 and five par 5 holes. A slightly above average slope rating of 120 presents a formidable challenge for newcomers and experts alike. Shannon Greens Golf Club also offers a luxurious outdoor clubhouse deck, where golfers can enjoy a drink under a thick shade of palm trees.