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Highlighted by fast, firm and wide rolling fairways, a variety of strategically placed bunkers and large greens, the 7,154 yard, par 72 Watson Course, a Signature Design by Tom Watson, is as much about strategy as it is about length.

Demanding a well thought out approach from every player regardless of skill level, this course puts a premium on a solid short game with spacious green complexes where club selection can vary from putter to lob wedge to three-wood."

Course Accolades:

Golf Digest
America’s Best New Resort Courses - No.10 (2005)

GOLF Magazine
The Best Courses Near You, Florida - No.9 (2010)
The Best Courses Near You, Florida - No.9 (2008)
Top 10 Best New Courses You Can Play (2008)

Best Resort Courses (2017)
Best Courses You Can Play in Florida - No. 19 (2013)
Best Courses You Can Play in Florida - No.19 (2011)
Best Courses You Can Play - No.14 (2010)
Best Resort Courses - No.22 (2010)
Best Tour Courses You Can Play - No.22 (2010)
Top 100 Resort Courses (2009)
Best Residential Golf Courses - No.57 (2008)
Best Resort Courses - No.57 (2008)
Best Tour Courses You Can Play (2008)
Best Residential Golf Courses - No.56 (2007)
Best Resort Courses - No.36 (2007)
Best State by State - No.6 (2007)
America’s Best Residential Golf Courses - No.38 (2006)
America’s Best Resort Courses - No.29 (2006)
America's Best Public Access Courses, State by State List - Florida - No.4 (2006)
America’s Top 40 New Courses - No.12 (2005)

My Golf Spy
Top 10 Courses to Play in Florida - No. 10 (2016)

Links Magazine
Top 10 Orlando Courses You Can Play (2011)

The Orlando Business Journal
Top 25 Toughest Men’s Golf Courses - No.21 (2009)

Best Courses of the World - No.83 (2010)

About Tom Watson

As one of professional golf’s most prolific champions with eight major championship titles including five British Opens, Tom Watson is universally lauded for his passionate play, exceptional course strategy skills and attention to detail. As a golf course architect, Watson brings a similar focus and dedication to each of his designs. Since Watson designs only one or two courses each year, his commitment to excellence in golf course architecture is unquestioned. Each design exemplifies Watson’s fundamental requirements of an outstanding course - beauty, variety and challenge.

Hole 1

Par 5 | 562-544-528-508-470

Strategically placed bunkers and significant landscaping will test your skill. Pay careful attention to your approach as you are faced with a large two-tiered undulating green.

Hole 2

Par 4 | 364-353-319-303-267 Yards

This short par four will always post a strong challenge. Go for broke or play strategically on this risk-reward hole. A large collection area awaits those shots missed to the left of the green.

Hole 3

Par 3 | 170-152-142-124-101 Yards

Club selection is crucial into this difficult double-tiered green. Protected by bunkers on the right and a steep collection area to the left, par will be a respectable score.

Hole 4

Par 4 | 432-422-403-386-240 Yards

A well struck tee shot on this dog-leg right par 4 will leave a mid-length iron approach into the largest green on the front nine. Your work has just begun as you skillfully navigate this large and undulating putting surface.

Hole 5

Par 4 | 461-440-427-406-379 Yards

Drawing the ball on this hole makes great use of the design feature which will funnel balls towards the center of the fairway. Subtle breaks in this green will make chipping and putting difficult.

Hole 6

Par 4 | 366-340-317-301-237 Yards

The sixth hole offers two options off the tee. Avoid the bunker either left or right and find yourself with a short iron approach. A well guarded green requires a quick check of your distance.

Hole 7

Par 3 | 240-210-193-182-169 Yards

The seventh is a long and demanding par 3 that is guarded down the right side with sand and a collection area left of the green. A safe place to leave your approach shot is short of the green. Par will be a good score on this hole.

Hole 8

Par 5 | 281-537-518-499-444 Yards

A long straight drive sets up a strategic decision for your second shot into this risk-reward par 5. If you choose to lay up, take advantage of the generous landing area located on the right side of the fairway. Upon reaching the putting surface, this rolling green requires a deft putting touch.

Hole 9

Par 4 | 432-410-384-360-334 Yards

Don't be confused by this visually intimidating tee shot! The fairway is much wider than it looks, so relax and make a comfortable swing. A deep green with two levels places a premium on your lag putting.

Hole 10

Par 4 | 464-435-399-371-348 Yards

Bunkers down both sides of the fairway make it imperative to hit a solid drive. Favor the left side of the green and avoid challenging any back right hole location. Regardless of the wind direction, this is one of the most difficult holes on the course.

Hole 11

Par 4 | 385-356-333-307-280 Yards

The tee shot on this hole may not require your longest club. An elevated green with several levels requires precision with your approach shot. The greenside bunkers are nice to look at, but not to be in.

Hole 12

Par 3 | 202-185-175-170-150 Yards

Enjoy the panoramic view from the tee on this beautiful par 3. This long green has three levels, so judge the speed of your putt carefully.

Hole 13

Par 4 | 394-358-335-306-277 Yards

Check your yardage to the corner of this dogleg right hole. Your best option from the tee is to play to the left side of the fairway in order to have a look at the flagstick. An elevated green makes both depth perception and club selection dicey.

Hole 14

Par 5 | 525-489-444-436-354 Yards

This first par 5 on the back nine offers a realistic birdie opportunity. A solid tee shot down the left side will give the player a good look at what's ahead. Use your course management skills around the green and you will enjoy your score.

Hole 15

Par 3 | 172-151-124-115-110 Yards

A medium length par 3 that requires a significantly uphill shot. The prevailing wind is against the golfer and will often cause shots to end up short or in the right front bunker. An extra club may be recommended. The undulating green puts a premium on putting.

Hole 16

Par 4 | 419-396-376-368-347 Yards

You must avoid the deep bunker in the center of the landing zone. Right of the bunker provides a more generous fairway, but brings the greenside bunkers into play with your approach. It is essential that you factor the hole location into the length of your approach shot. Par may be elusive.

Hole 17

Par 5 | 554-518-500-472-444 Yards

The penultimate hole, where accuracy is the key. An arrow straight shot avoids the many bunkers and native grasses that outline this hole. The green is narrow, deep, and features many subtle breaks.

Hole 18

Par 4 | 431-401-383-368-344 Yards

This wonderful finishing hole requires a strong tee shot. Favoring the left side of the fairway leaves you the best approach. Greenside bunkers will challenge any shot hit short and right. A birdie finish will truly highlight your round on the Independence course.