Hole by Hole Lagos
THE LAGOS COURSE
The Lagos Course begins with the same parkland character.
This course incorporates the only two lakes found on the entire site in the short par 3 third hole and a par 5 the sixth hole of this round. Holes seven and eight immerse golfers into the expansive dunes lands on the southwestern portion of the site. The round concludes ascending to the clubhouse and transitioning back yet again into a more parkland setting.
HOLE 10: 340 METERS, PAR 4
|The Lagos Course opens with a short par 4 designed specifically to entice golfers to cast aside all reason. The prevailing wind assisting players, combined with the pronounced descent of the golf hole from the tee, will produce a sense that the green is very much in reach. As if that was not enough to encourage calamity, the fairway was purposefully created with substantial width to visually short the hole as well.
Care should be taken to fight back this urge. While the fairway is wide in appearance, the right third will feed tee shots some 5 meters below the green elevation into a collection area right and out-of-sight from the tee.
A well placed tee shot can skirt the large fairway bunker located at 260 meters from the tee and will yield a short approach shot to the green, but a well placed tee shot short of this bunker will reward smart play with a full wedge approach.
The green itself is not receptive from the tee. Shallow and wide, the putting surface is protected in front by three bunker nestled into a steep face and in the rear bay a steep hillside.
HOLE 11: 424 METERS, PAR 4
|The first par four on the outward nine is one of the most unyielding golf holes at Palmares. From a completely exposed elevated tee, golfers must play to the crest of a fairway that appears to be located a kilometer away.
The tee shot must reach the fairway crest to offer a view of the green below. A singular pot bunker protects the front left edge of the green; another small bunker lurks opposite the green along the centerline of the hole.
The green is very deep but narrow and falls away from front right and back left.
HOLE 12: 160 METERS, PAR 3
|The charming par 3 is one of the most picturesque holes on the property. This medium length has blossomed into a spectacular hole. The putting surface is heavily protected left, front, and back by deep bunkering and tightly mown grass banks. Therefore, don’t play short.
Like a snookered cushion, the hillside behind will allow a long shot to roll back onto the putting surface.