The first impression of TPC Treviso Bay is amazing: fountains, bridges, fancy homes and Mediterranean architecture are everywhere you look as you drive through the front gates and make the two-mile drive to the clubhouse area.
The Hal Sutton/Arthur Hills collaboration in Naples Florida is an 18-hole championship golf course that plays 7367 yards from the back tees for a par of 72. When designing TPC Treviso Bay, Arthur Hills’ goal was simple: “Create a unique and truly memorable golf course.” It is safe to say that he has accomplished this feat.
TPC Treviso Bay opened in 2008 and borders the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve. The club hosted the Champions Tour’s 2009 ACE Group Classic before financial troubles derailed its plans to stay private. The new owner, Lennar Homes, opened the club to the public last June.
Although there are no immediate plans to finish the shell of a clubhouse, the practice facilities and course make up for this.
As for the course, thick scrub vegetation, tree cover and wetlands make up this stunning layout. Water steals the show throughout the round, especially on number 11 and the long par 5s at numbers 12 and 18.
The personalized service and outstanding privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA Tour’s acclaimed TPC Network of clubs is prevalent at every turn. No matter your level of expertise, you are sure to enjoy your round at Treviso Bay.
Number 2: Par 5, 482 yards. The fairway trap on the left side of the fairway off the tee can come into play on this somewhat short par 5. A good drive and a good second shot can definitely get you home in two, however with the slightly elevated green and deep bunkers surrounding the green, be careful! The green slopes noticeably from right to left but this hole can definitely help your scorecard.
Number 4: Par 5, 543 yards. You’re looking at a very lengthy carry off the back tees just to make it to the fairway on this long dogleg left par 5. What you thought was a good drive when you hit it may end up in the marsh. Your line off the tee is the bunkers on the right side of the fairway. Your layup shot is no picnic either as water comes into play on the right side. Once again the green is elevated and surrounded by deep bunkers so shot making is important on your approach shot.
Number 8: Par 4, 389 yards. Another dogleg left with water making up the left side of the hole the entire length of the fairway. Fairway bunkers dot the right side of the fairway; just pick out a spot in between the two and go for it. A deep bunker short of the green and the water on the right can make for a tricky approach shot to the green.
Number 9: Par 4, 359 yards. Avoid the pot bunker in the middle of the fairway and your half way home! A decent drive will leave an approach shot of around 100 yards to a slightly elevated green protected on the left by water and a pot bunker short. You’ll need to fly the ball onto the green on approach if you want to score well on this hole.
Number 11: Par 4, 308 yards. This hole beckons you to hit the big stick off the tee, however the smart play is to hit a long iron or hybrid over the fairway traps and leave a short chip onto a small, narrow green protected on the left by water. Number 11 is modeled after the famous “Cape Hole” at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.
Number 14: Par 3, 169 yards. More water comes into play on this medium length par 3 that is all carry over water. Push anything right and you’ll likely find the sand. The green slopes left to right and features a lot of undulation.
Number 15: Par 4, 396 yards. No water to deal with on the left side of the hole this time, just sand! To shorten this fairly long dogleg right, play your tee shot over the group of bunkers on the right side; this is somewhat more difficult from the back tees. From there you will need to fly your approach shot onto the green as a large, deep bunker looms short of the putting surface. There is a second bunker on the right side.
Number 18: Par 5, 511 yards. You’ll need to hit a huge tee shot if you plan on getting reaching the green in two on this dogleg right par 5 finishing hole. Most players will want to favor the left side of the fairway – just be sure to avoid the many bunkers that dot the landscape over there! Shot accuracy both in length and aim is necessary on your layup shot in order to avoid the large fairway bunker that sits about 100 yards short of the green. From there you will need to carry the green; push it right and you’re wet. The green slopes ever so slightly from back to front and completes one of the best finishing holes in Southwest Florida.
Last Word:TPC Treviso Bay boasts 18 holes of picturesque and beautifully maintained golf although PC Treviso Bay, golfers have the opportunity to practice bump-and-runs, high fades, long shots, and the dreaded straight drives. Although not particularly long, there are some lengthy par 4s that will appeal to long hitters. The longest of these is the 462-yard 16th hole, which features short grass off the tee and a well-guarded green. Superior short game skills are a necessity on this hole. Water hazards come into play around the greens on half of the holes at TPC at Treviso Bay and there are numerous strategically placed bunkers throughout the layout.
Since opening for public play last year, golfers of all skills and abilities now have the opportunity to experience one of the top layouts in Southwest Florida. Tee times at Treviso Bay are available at many online tee sheets. You can also give them a call at (239) 331-2052. Their website is www.tpctrevisobay.com.