Country Club Review
I got a good deal on GolfNow to play the new Champions Gate Country Club course. There isn't acually a clubhouse there yet, but I am sure that it is coming soon.
Despite the course not having been open very long, the reviews I'd seen were all very complimentary. I am not going to disagree about that. The tees, fairways and greens were all in very good condition.
The front 9 have fairly wide fairways and are house-free, the back 9 is a little tighter and has a lot of houses bordering the holes.
There isn't a lot of water on the course, but it does come into play on the 15th (I think) and 18th. The 18th is probably the nicest hole on the course, but there aren't really any bad holes.
My one complaint is possibly the length of the tees. The whites are around 5700 yards, but the next length up is 6450 yards. I'd have hoped for something in between as well.
There are two courses at Champions Gate, the International, and the (or so I'm told) easier National. I played the National.
The first hole is pretty uninspiring, but it certainly isn't an easy par. After that it improves a little. Generally the fairways are wide and inviting, while the greens are very well protected by bunkers. The most memorable hole is the par 3 15th, where the green is hidden behind bushes from the tee to the green, and all you can see is the top of the flag.
The trick hole is the 17th, where three out of four of us played to the wrong green!
The course had recently had a lot of work done on, so I maybe didn't see it at its best. Would I play there again? Yes. Maybe I wouldn't rush back though.