Entire Course Overview
HOLE 1 - “STARTER’S CALL”
Appropriately named “Starter’s Call” for its close approximation to the Starter’s House, hole #1 demands a straight, accurate tee shot as out of bounds exists on the left and right side. The green complex is challenging, complete with bunkers that guard the left and right sides of the green and a two-tired green with several undulations.
As indicated above, favor accuracy over distance off the tee and you will have a good start to your day on this par four.
HOLE 2 - "NOT WATERPROOF"
Named “Not Waterproof” for an unsuspecting gentleman who suddenly realized the discount golf shoes he had recently purchased were allowing more water in than the Titanic, hole #2 is a beautiful par three over water. Framed with bunkers on the left and right side, the green is quite undulating with a predominant back to front slope.
Pay particular attention to the wind while standing on the elevated tee box. A front left pin demands the player to keep the ball under the hole.
HOLE 3 - "TORTOISE TRAIL"
Look for gopher tortoises on the left side of this hole, which gives hole #3 it’s name “Tortoise Trail”. Again, accuracy is important off the tee, which also includes a brief carry over water. As most greens do at Sebastian, the slope runs from the back to the front. A greenside bunker is situated on the right side.
Off the tee, do anything but go left, as out of bounds runs
down the entire left side of this par four.
HOLE 4 - "THE SANCTUARY"
This par five is appropriately named “The Sanctuary”, for the beautiful “backdrop” setting seen around the green. Watch out for the fairway bunkers in the landing area on the first and second shots. The green is well guarded by three bunkers, which include a front bunker capable of catching high pitch shots.
Again, off the tee avoid the left side. Second shot placement is crucial to set-up a third shot that can get close to the pin.
HOLE 5 - "THE HALLOW"
Completely surrounded by oak trees gives hole #5 its name, “The Hollow”. A bunker guards the left side while over-hanging oaks encircle the green complex.
Watch out for the back left pin placement. Hit to the middle of this small green and take your chances with the putt.
HOLE 6 - "BARRIER OAKS"
Complimenting hole #5, hole #6 also comes complete with over hanging oaks interfering with errant tee shots. Named "Barrier Oaks", this large stand of trees will catch golf shots hit to the left off of the tee. The green is one of the most undulating on the golf course and is protected by two greenside bunkers.
Off of the tee, favor the right center of the fairway thus avoiding the oaks on the left. Club selection into this green is extremely important; as this two tired green can yield three putts.
HOLE 7 - "SKYWATCH"
Located directly to the south of Sebastian Municipal Airport, hole #7 received its name, “Skywatch”, for the planes and skydivers that golfers can see. This straightaway par five makes the golfer think about the lay-up shot, as a pond guards the approach in front of the green. Like hole #6, #7 has an extremely challenging green, which is similar to greens seen at Pinehurst.
Golfers not able to clear the water in front of the green can avoid the water by aiming slightly left. On the putting green, do your best to keep the ball below the hole.
HOLE 8 - "GATOR BEACH"
You might have an alligator sighting on this hole, named “Gator Beach”. Once you have cleared the water off of the tee, be prepared to do it again on your approach shot to the green. Bunkers located in the front and on the left side guard the green.
Off the tee, hit a club that will give you about 120 yards in to the green. On the approach shot, a traditional southeast wind could mean hitting more club.
HOLE 9 - "EAGLES NEST SIGHTING"
Named “Eagles Nest Sighting” for the view of the famous Eagles Nest Restaurant standing behind the green, #9 entails a gentle dogleg right. The green is relatively flat and is protected by a front and back bunker.
Favor the left side of the fairway off of the tee, which will open the approach shot. Tee shots to the right will bring a large slash pine into play, causing the golfer to hit over or around the tree.
HOLE 10 - "CRANES CORNER"
One beautiful bird commonly seen at hole #10 is the Sand Hill Crane. Throw in a dogleg left hole design and you have hole #10’s name, “Cranes Corner”. After negotiating the dogleg on this challenging par five, the golfer is faced with one of Sebastian’s smaller greens. Despite the small green size, the green has a tricky undulation and is well bunkered.
Do not get greedy with a back left pin position due to front bunkers and a green that “falls off” to the back left. The safe approach is up the front right of the green.
HOLE 11 - "HOOKERS BATH"
Hole #11 is a dogleg left par four with water framing the dogleg on the left side. For the right-handed golfer who hits an unfortunate hook off the tee, his ball may find the water, which gives hole #11 it’s name, “Hookers Bath”. The green complex entails three bunkers and a two tired green with a huge slope separating the tiers.
Off the tee, favor the right side of the fairway; do not try to “cut off” any of the dogleg. Make sure your approach shot to the green can carry over the front right bunker.
HOLE 12 - "SCRUB JAY"
Hole #12, named "Scub Jay" is a straightaway par four. To the left of this "sleeper" hole is a thick stand of palmettos, a common area where you will find the scrub jay. Bunkers on the left and right side guard the fairway. A water hazard is positioned along the right side of the fairway as well. The green comes complete with plenty of slope, character and many difficult pin placements.
Length is not near as important as accuracy on this short but tight hole. Keep your ball below the hole on the sloping green.
HOLE 13 - "THE OUTBACK"
#13 Located as far away as any hole from the clubhouse and you have the name of hole #12, “The Outback”. This long par four allows for a generous landing area in the fairway, but watch out for the extreme right side, which entails a sloping rough area directing errant shots toward a water hazard. The green complex is just as sloping and challenging as the previous green, complete with a variety of pin placements that will make any golfer work hard for a one or two putt.
“Tee it high and let it fly” off the tee, favoring the left side of the fairway. On your approach to the green, keep in mind that the trees surrounding the green can affect the wind.
HOLE 14 - "CEDAR"
#14 During the summer of 2001, hole #14, a beautiful par three was constructed. The construction was a result of “losing” a previously existing par three to Sebastian Municipal Airport runway expansions. The Golf Course greatly benefited from this, as hole #14 is now known as the “signature hole”. Named “Cedar” due to a large cedar tree positioned directly behind the green, hole #14 is framed by large slash pine trees, complete with a water hazard to the right. On calm mornings, the reflection of the slash pine trees in the water is absolutely stunning! Also stunning is the green complex, which is the highest elevated green complex on the Golf Course. This high position allows for devilish slopes that make two putting a difficult task.
Like so many holes at Sebastian Golf Course, stay below the hole or three putting can occur easily. It is always better to be a little short than long on this hole, so club selection and paying attention to the wind is extremely important.
HOLE 15 - "RUNWAY"
Hole #15 is a long par five dissected by a water hazard that crosses the fairway about 200 yards from the green. Named “Runway” for it’s close proximity to Sebastian Municipal Airport, hole #15 has one of the largest greens at Sebastian Golf Course. The green is bordered by a front, left and back bunker.
Favor the left side of the fairway off of the tee, thus avoiding out of bounds to the right. Know for sure that you can carry the water hazard on your second shot, if not, lay up. Pin placements on the right side of the green can be extremely difficult to negotiate.
HOLE 16 - "SWEET"
Named “Sweet” for the obvious “Sweet Sixteen” reference, hole #16 is a great par four. A water hazard, which crosses the fairway, drains into a large pond that runs along the left side of the entire hole. Situated about 150 yards from the green, a large mound is positioned in the middle of the fairway. Bunkers are located on the right side of the fairway and one greenside bunker is also located on the right side.
Many golfers need to play this hole as a short par five, avoiding the trouble on the left side. The putting green is sloped back to front and also left to right, so attempt to position your ball on the green accordingly.
HOLE 17 - "DIABLO PITS"
Similar to hole #14, hole #17 was constructed during the summer of 2001. And also like hole #14, number seventeen’s green is one of the highest elevated greens on the Golf Course. This short par three has been named “Diablo Pits” for two greenside bunkers that guard the front left and front right of the green. The bunkers, in conjunction with the elevated green, create the effect of deep, pot-like “hellish” bunkers.
A short, accurate shot is demanded on this hole. Shots coming to rest above the hole will result in an extremely difficult putt. Shots missing the green “pin-high” on either side are a sure way to make par almost impossible. If you miss this green off the tee, be short and straight!
HOLE 18 - "THE LAST TEMPTATION"
Hole #18 is one of the best finishing holes in Indian River County. Named “The Last Temptation”, this demanding par four entices the golfer to bring water into play, yet it is not entirely necessary. A large pond is situated on the right side of the hole, which creates a dogleg right appearance to the layout. The green is slightly elevated and is guarded by three (3) bunkers, one of which is about twenty yards in front of the green.
In a prevailing southeast wind, this hole can play extremely long. Favor the left side of the fairway off of the tee. Most golfers should play this hole as a short par five, taking the water out of play and laying-up on the second shot. Don’t be fooled by the front greenside bunker, there is still a lot of room in between the bunker and the green.