Golf Course Architecture - Issue 73, July 2023

73 REPORT create an old-fashioned MacKenzie illusion,” he says. “The green is the largest on the course and has a giant ‘flea’ buried in the middle, exaggerating the reward for playing to the proper sides of the fairway.” The green on the sixth boomerangs around a hilltop. “The fairway severely pinches down in the driver landing area,” says Nuzzo. “On most holes the fairways will help the shorter hitter or force the longer hitter to be very accurate. There are large waste areas on either side of the fairway neck and the green has a significantly lower portion back right that many will need to study to get their putts near the hole.” A “devilish” 115-yarder seventh is followed by the more traditional 185-yard eighth that the architect describes as “Winged Footian”. The ninth fairway is the lowest spot on the property, requiring significant work to facilitate drainage. “The green is a stunner,” says Nuzzo. “The tenth looked like a short uphill hole once the old par-three practice tee was removed. Not exactly an ode to Pine Valley’s second, but it does have a very dramatic fairway and elevated green. “There are lots of angles to play to all different hole locations, and, in general, the longer the tee shot, the more restricting the angles become, and the fairways often narrow dramatically the further one carries.” Nuzzo has designed the par-three The Ace course with excitement in mind, with large features such as the quarry on the fifth, which the architect says is the size of a battleship. “There are ridges in front of greens, narrow greens, deep bunkers hard on the edge, greens that run away, greens that run sideways, one inspired by the eighteenth on the Old course at St Andrews, and the craziest waterfall green to finish the round,” he says. “This green has a hidden back portion after carrying the hilltop ridge. It even transitions into the 60,000-square-foot putting green that is significantly undulated across the base of the hilltop.” Image: Mike Nuzzo The 21 at Cabot Citrus Farms, designed by Mike Nuzzo, comprises a driving range and short game area, an 11-hole par-three course and a 10-hole course of 3,000 yards but with no designated pars