I had the opportunity to play at Fox Hollow Golf Club a little over a month ago. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, each hole on this course presents its own unique set of challenges. While some have open fairways, strategically placed water hazards and sand traps will keep you honest. Some holes have tight, tree-lined fairways that provide visual intimidation. The fairways are at times flat, and at others undulating. Approach shots to the greens can be just as tricky. Most are quite large but with undulations and protective harzards that can leave you guessing. The variety of the course layout ensures you won’t hit the same shot twice. With five sets of tees ranging from 5200 yards to slightly over 7100, you can make this course more enjoyable by choosing the most appropriate for your group.
The conditions on the course that day were fine. The tees and fairways were in good shape, as well as the greens, which ran true but a little slow. The only negative was the many washed out sand traps and the enacted cart paths only rule, due to the amount of rain the previous day. But this is Florida in the summertime and the daily rain and thunderstorms (and the odd chance of a hurricane) are par for the course.
The staff was friendly and after check in you can go to their large driving range where you can practice every club in your bag. They also have a chipping and bunker area, and a nice sized putting green. If you have time before your round, I would suggest utilizing their practice area as it will certainly help once on the course.
The pace-of-play for three of us was just over four hours which isn’t too bad for a noon weekend start and cart paths only play. It seems like it always takes longer when the cart path only rule applies. I never seem to hit my ball near the cart path and end up dragging three or four clubs across the fairway on every hole.
I like playing Fox Hollow and will try to play again, however, the price for this course can be steep. They have several different rates that differ according to time and day of the week, and also time of year, so be sure to check their rates ahead of time to get the best deal. For more information regarding rates and tee times go to www.golfthefox.com.