The TPC Sugarcane Course, also built in 1972, is the more challenging of the two Plantation courses although it boasts larger fairways and greens. The course demands you to negotiate forced carries and deep bunkers. The back nine is surrounded by newly created rivers and lakes and offers a much different look, never before seen at the old Cerromar and Dorado Courses.
Players have an opportunity for birdies early in the round, but by the 8th hole the course begins to show its teeth. Par is a great score on most every hole on the back nine, with a few birdie opportunities mixed in! Good thing the new Plantation clubhouse awaits golfers after their round, whether it’s for a cold beverage, a magnificent meal cooked to order, or to just relax on our deck that provides great views of the course.
Sugarcane Course Hole Descriptions:
Hole 1- Par 4
A very difficult opening tee shot. Players should aim just over the left edge of the right bunker. This will leave your ball in the widest part of the green. Players will be left with a short iron second to a well-guarded green with water left and bunkers short and right.
Hole 2- Par 4
This hole is a straight away par 4 with an open green in the front. On very windy days this hole can be driven by the longer players. The advantage is given to the straight ball. This hole will give you a good chance at birdie.
Hole 3- Par 4
This mid length par 4 has water all down the left hand side from tee to green. The best angle to attach the green is from the right hand side of the fairway; make sure to aim your drive just inside the right hand bunker. The green is guarded by two large bunkers in the front and left. Once on the green pay close attention to the break, there are some small undulations on this green that can make putting tricky.
Hole 4- Par 3
The fourth hole is the signature hole on the Sugarcane Course. This par three has a very narrow green guarded by bunkers short and long. Players must place a premium on distance control. Once on the green players face a two tear green. Hit it on the correct tier and you will have a great chance at making a putt!
Hole 5- Par 4
The fifth hole is longer par 4 with the wind blowing hard off the right. Players should aim their tee shots down the right hand side and the wind will push the ball back to the fairway. Once in the fairway players need to hit a shot a very accurate shot to this well-guarded two tiered green. Par is an excellent score.
Hole 6- Par 5
The sixth hole is the first par 5 players will see on the sugarcane course. Long hitters need to aim just inside of the right hand bunkers as there is a sneaky water hazard down the left hand side. A solid drive will give players a great chance to go for this large green in two! Once on the green the ball tends to break with the wind, so play the wind when reading the putt. Birdie is a very realistic score.
Hole 7 – Par 4
This long into the wind par 4 is a real challenge to even the best players. A solid tee shot is required to have a mid-iron into the green. The approach shot is very demanding, take one or two more clubs to compensate for the wind, a lower trajectory is ideal to fight the wind and have the ball reach the green. Once on the green be very aware of the undulation of the green. Uphill putts are slow and downhill puts are very fast. Par is an excellent score.
Hole 8- Par 3
This long into the wind par 3 is guarded by water and a bunker left and a small bunker short right of the green. A long to mid iron shot is required to this very visually intimidating hole. Once on the green, pay close attention to the slope. The best of players are happy to walk away with a par.
Hole 9- par 5
This reachable par 5 is an excellent chance to finish your front nine with a birdie. The ninth hole is the only hole on the course that does not have a water hazard on the hole. Aim your drive at the fairway bunkers on the left hand side, don’t worry you can’t get to them. Take advantage of the open fairway and be aggressive with your second shot. The closer you get to the green the better! Once on the green putts seem to roll much straighter than the eye sees.
Hole 10- par 4
In order to play this short par 4 well a premium is place on accuracy off the tee. Water left and out of bounds right guards this wide fairway. Long hitters have a chance at knocking their tee shoot up near the green. However the smart play is to use a long iron or hybrid off the tee for position. Once in the fairway play an extra club this large green, as the ball has a tendency to spin back off the short iron approach. Two solid smart shots give the best chance at par or birdie on this hole.
Hole 11- Par 4
The best tee shot is to play a draw for a right handed golfer off the right hand fairway bunker. Don’t worry if you have trouble playing the right to left shot the wind will help push the ball back to the fairway. Once in the fairway you are left to a semi blind approach to the green with the ball above your feet. Now putting, this green will force the balls down to the left so play enough break to offset the undulations.
Hole 12 – Par 5
The mid length par 5 is beautifully framed by the mountains in the background. Aim your tee shot right down the middle. A solid tee shot will leave you with a long iron or fairway wood into this par 5. If you choose to lay up, aim down the fairway for the best angle. Distance control is key to getting your third close to the flag as the green is very deep. Once on the green players have an excellent chance at making birdie.
Hole 13 – Par 3
This very challenging long par 3, plays into the wind and uphill. Two or three more clubs may be needed depending on the strength of the wind. The green is guarded by two very deep green side bunkers. Once on the green you will have a very straight forward putt. However if you miss the green a very challenging up and down awaits you.
Hole 14 – Par 5
This short par 5 is a great chance at birdie or even the elusive eagle. A strong tee shot can carry the right hand fairway bunkers leaving a mid-iron approach to this narrow well-guarded green. Once on the green pay attention to the break as the ball tends to fall towards the back of the green.
Hole 15- Par 4
The 15th hole gives players the toughest tee shot on the course. A forced carry from the back tees of over 200 yards should be played at the middle fairway bunker. Players from the forward tees need to put an emphasis on accuracy, the fairway pinches in very close leaving little room for error. Players will face a downwind approach shot to a well-guarded green. Once on the green a highly undulated green awaits the players. Par is an excellent score on this very challenging hole.
Hole 16 – Par 3
The 16th hole is an excellent par 3. Players should aim towards the right hand side and let the wind push the ball back towards the middle of the green. Once on the green players will face subtle breaks when putting but this small green offers players a chance to make a nice putt.
Hole 17 – Par 4
The 17th hole is a straight away par 4 with fairway bunkers right and plenty of room left off the tee. Players will be left with a short iron approach to a well-guarded green. Once on the green what you see is what you get so players have an excellent change for a good score.
Hole 18- Par 4
The 18th hole is long slight dogleg left. Water left and bunkers right guard the fairway so a long straight tee shot is key. Players will face an uphill approach shot with a short to mid iron. Be aware of the wind as it will take some distance off your shot. Once on the green players will face subtle undulations. Pay close attention to the breaks, this is your last chance at birdie!