Back 9 Overview
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.