As detailed in a feature of the ‘new’ front nine, a major part of SentryWorld’s renovation focused on reconfiguring and enhancing existing holes. We’ll continue our inside look by highlighting the four holes on the back nine that saw the most major changes: the tenth, eleventh, thirteenth and seventeenth holes.
HOLE 10 | PAR 5
612 CHAMP - 567 BLUE - 526 WHITE - 483 GOLD - 398 GREEN
The tenth hole at SentryWorld showcases the variety that has been built into the reimagined course. Created out of the former first and second holes, the new tenth hole combines a dogleg left with a dogleg right to become a very long par five—now the longest hole at SentryWorld. Golfers will experience a snakelike effect as they tee off and meander to the left, then shifting their focus to a long arc to the right. “The new tenth hole marks a very dramatic and exciting change,” said Robert Trent Jones, Jr., SentryWorld’s original course architect who also oversaw the renovation. “Although it occupies the same space as the former first and second holes, we’ve been able to create an entirely new experience utilizing that same corridor of land.”
HOLE 11 | PAR 4
319 CHAMP - 291 BLUE - 257 WHITE - 236 GOLD - 217 GREEN
The new eleventh hole adds another shorter par four into the mix at SentryWorld. Using the footprint of the former third hole, the new eleventh hole has been straightened out with the green shifted roughly 60 yards. With the hole’s reconfiguration, water is now featured behind the hole instead of on the left. “As with others, creating the new eleventh hole really allowed us to focus on increasing the fun factor,” commented co-project architect Bruce Charlton. “The redesign of this hole offers a fresh water feature perspective and introduces another shorter par four into the round that players of all abilities are sure to enjoy.”
HOLE 13 | PAR 4
424 CHAMP - 424 BLUE - 345 WHITE - 331 GOLD - 212 GREEN
Just as with the new ninth hole, golfers familiar with SentryWorld are sure to notice a significant change when teeing up on the new thirteenth hole. Formerly a 90-degree dogleg to the right with a lake through the fairway hidden from the tee, the redesigned hole is now a straightaway par four featuring an exciting tee shot played over the water. “The thirteenth hole might be the most dramatic change of any one hole on the property,” noted on-site architect Jay Blasi. “The old thirteenth hole could have been considered a bit awkward and the blind water hazard made it very challenging. By straightening out the hole and adding the tee shot over the water, we've added drama and eliminated the blind hazard. The hole will still be very challenging, especially for the scratch player who faces a 200-yard carry over water to the fairway—but we have provided tees suited to all skill levels.”
HOLE 17 | PAR 4
368 CHAMP - 334 BLUE - 310 WHITE - 284 GOLD - 271 GREEN
The new seventeenth hole occupies the same space as it had previously, but has undergone major refinements to the hole itself. The old seventeenth hole was extremely narrow and played through a wooded landscape. The second shot, although very beautiful, was very, very difficult and required a long approach shot over water to a small green. The new tee shot has been opened up to allow for many more options. The green has been moved closer to the tees, shortening up the hole, and the lake was expanded behind the new green. “We feel this is the perfect example of how a hole can be fun and exciting for everybody, but remain very challenging for expert players,” said Blasi.Next up is an inside look at SentryWorld’s iconic Flower Hole. Until then, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest SentryWorld news and updates.