Beacon Woods Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course in Bayonet Point, Florida that plays 6446 yards from the back tees on Bermuda grass. The course has a rating of 70.7 and a slope of 126; par is 72. There are 4 sets of tees so that the course can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. Beacon Woods was designed by William Amick and opened in 1976. Practice facilities include a driving range, sand bunker, and putting green. This course may well be the best kept secret in Pasco County.
Number 2: Par 4, 390 yards. Finding the middle of the fairway off the tee on this hole is a necessity; a well placed fairway bunker on the right side and the large tree on the left side of the fairway can hinder your approach shot. A large deep bunker awaits errant approach shots on the right side. The green is fairly large and slopes right to left.
Number 6: Par 3, 222 yards. Make sure you take enough club on this hole; you need to fly the ball onto the green off the tee. This green will not let you run tee shots onto the very large, elevated green that slopes back left to front right.
Number 7: Par 4, 373 yards. You have a somewhat blind tee shot on this dogleg left par 4. The water on the right side does not come in to play for most golfers. If it does, consider switching to tennis! Drives down the right side of the fairway will need to navigate a small pond on your approach shot to a large green that slopes from back to front. Par is a good score here.
Number 14: Par 5, 540 yards. This par 5 is a 3-shot hole for most golfers; you will need to keep your drive to the right off the tee for any chance to get home in two. On you 2nd shot, water will grab anything left. The fairway gets very narrow as you approach the green with a lake on the left and woods on the right. The green is small and very flat. The pond on the left side of the green has a spring that feeds all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. A good birdie opportunity with proper execution.
Number 15: Par 4, 351 yards. The best line to take off the tee is over the tall palm tree on the right side; this will take a little distance off of this dogleg right. Long ball hitters beware – a large tree on the left side of the fairway comes into play if you hit it through the dogleg. A good drive will leave you with an uphill approach shot to a large, flat green that is guarded with bunkers on either side.
Last Word: Rolling fairways, changes in elevation, water hazards and undulating greens make Beacon Woods a little different from most courses in the area. Although Beacon Woods is a private, member-owned club, tee times are available on a limited basis through some of the online tee sheets. Ownership of the course has recently become a court battle as two different parties claim that they have been offered the opportunity to purchase Beacon Woods. For more information or to book a tee time, you can reach them by phone at (727) 868-9528 or visit them online at www.beaconwoodsgolf.com.