Loblolly Golf Club, which opened in 1988, is one of Pete and P.B. Dye’s unsung layouts that simply bristles with style. Formerly known as Loblolly Pines, this is Floridian seaside golf from the top drawer.
Located next to a wildlife refuge in Hobe Sound, on the southeastern coast of the Sunshine State, the fairways have been set out in a tight, triangular-shaped property within a large residential development.
Stronger holes on the front nine include the 457-yard right doglegged 4th and the 576-yard 6th, which veers almost at a right angle to a water-protected green. On the inward half, the short par four 13th is a really fun hole in the corner of the property whilst and the 440-yard 18th doglegs right to the home green, ending the round in solid style.
The home hole begins from an elevated tee to a fairway bordered on the right with water, and bordered on the left with long fairway bunker. Approach an elevated green with a bailout on the right hand side when avoiding the extremely deep bunker on the left.
Note that the most difficult hole is the 3rd (Par 4). The #1 stroke hole provides a temptation to drive over the bunker on the right hand side. If the challenge is met, you will be left with a 200 yard shot into an extremely elevated green.