Did you know GCFL has a great, 18-hole championship golf course? St. Joseph Bay Golf Club is open to the public with 65% of its golfers here on vacation. Why is it such a hidden gem?
Well, says Dan VanTreese Adventure Guide and President of the Club, it is actually kind of hidden! 14 out of 18 holes involve water or are on it. The Club is surrounded by a coastal outlet stream. It makes it the perfect habitat for small alligators, birds of all nature. You will often see a herd of deer across the fairway. We’ve seen everything from a Florida panther, turtle, bobcats, eagles; we have two ducks that come back every spring. We know them by their markings and mannerisms. The water does not make it a difficult course to play though. It is fun for all golfers.
“We always tell people to bring a set of binoculars and a camera to see some great wildlife. But, don’t reach too far in the woods to go get your ball!!,” laughs Dan.
The second nine holes are totally different from the first nine but most feature or are near water. No two holes are alike. And, each hole has five sets of tees – so there’s lots of options and combinations. (ladies, seniors, men’s white tees, and blue are the pro tees) Most people assume it’s a short course but we have a lot of wide-open space. (The course is 6,655 yards long.) This makes it great for people and animals alike!
Dan may be a little biased (he is President after all) but he recommends coming out to St. Joseph Bay Golf Club and checking it out for your self. The views are great; the fairways long; and the animals will always keep you company.
Updated: Dec 08, 2017 0:07
Published: Feb 01, 2016 20:24