The task was seemingly contradictory—create a more challenging SentryWorld golf course for low handicapped golfers while also making it more enjoyable for casual golfers.
That challenge is exactly what the SentryWorld golf course redesign principles, established by course architect Robert Trent Jones II, called for.
“We call this increasing the ‘fun factor,’” the principles stated. “We will create a new, enjoyable golf experience for a wider variety of players. In general, the new SentryWorld will be designed to put more demands on the better players while providing more width and bail-out areas for less seasoned players.”
Since opening in 1982, SentryWorld developed a reputation for being a technical, demanding course, and the redesign will in part add to that reputation. To make it even more challenging for experienced golfers, course designers added length from the championship tees. The total course yardage is now more than 7,200 yards. Additionally, designers enhanced the variety of shots, both in distance and angle. Every shot will present the low handicap golfer with options, requiring them to make use of every club in their bag for a round of golf.
However, the added variety will also make the course more playable and enjoyable for average golfers. Recreational golfers will now be able to choose from several tee boxes, adjusting hole lengths to accommodate their skill level and style of play. Wider, more open fairways will allow golfers, if they wish, to play around hazards. Additionally, recovery slopes and closely mowed areas around the greens will provide more options in approaching the green.
Contradictory task accomplished. Those who counted SentryWorld among their favorite courses will want to come back and experience it again, and those who have never played SentryWorld will want to discover it for themselves.