August 22, 2017
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This gorgeous golf course is situated within the city of Plantation, the heart of Broward County, and located on the historic land once occupied by the old Plantation Golf Club. Fact is, Plantation Preserve is now considered one of South Florida’s premier public golf facility. The land was transformed during 2005 and in February 2006 a championship golf course measuring 7,148 yards in length playing to a par 72 finally opened its doors. plantation preserve

Sea Dwarf Paspalum grass playing surface was used in all tee boxes, fairways and greens.

Within the Plantation Preserve property, visitors will find a very challenging golf course a beautiful clubhouse with stunning panoramic views, state of the art practice facilities including a private Member-only practice area, Everglades-inspired wetlands situated throughout the back nine and a 55-acre linear park complete with a 1.5 mile multi-use trail is one-of-a-kind in the country and safely bisects the front nine from the back nine. Every hole has been constructed with five sets of tee boxes, allowing players to set their own level of difficulty and enjoyment.   Designed by the famed architect firm von Hagge, Smelek & Baril, Plantation Preserve offers many different tests for all golfers to enjoy, including our signature 9th hole island green, our daring 14th hole split fairway and our huge conjoined 15th and 17th greens.  plantation_preserve_clubhouse_130410

Our review

Most difficult hole #14 (Par 4) 435 yards. It was difficult to pick the most difficult hole on a day when the wind was swirling back and forth and playing under threatening skies.  On paper, hole #4 is supposed to be the most difficult hole but today was playing downwind and we managed to score 2 birdies and 2 pars. Hole #14 (on the other hand) was playing against the wind and the results were totally different.  This mammoth of a hole is visually intimidating as all you see from the tee box is water and a tiny landing area. To carry the water, via left hand side of the fairway, it will take a perfect drive to a landing area of about 1000 sqft. (size of a medium size green). Today, I opted to go for the right hand side of the fairway and my ball rolled left to the large bunker area. I didn’t have a visual to the green so I decided to lay up with my 7-iron just short and right of the green. My third shot (from 60 yards) landed just passed the pin. Two putts later I was extremely happy as 2 of my playing partners picked up half way there. Trust your swing and aim to the right side of the fairway. You may not be able to see it from the tee box but it is a generous landing area.

Easiest hole #2 (Par 3) 178 yards. A plain and simple par-3 to a large and receptive green. On the score card is rated 2nd easiest just because it faces north and the wind could be a factor. Not today! On windy conditions get an extra club and try to swing thru the ball. Take advantage of this hole as there are very few and far between easy holes in the golf course.plantation preserve2

Most Scenic – Signature hole #9 (Par 4) 335 yards. Out of bounds left (tee to green) and a short and narrow fairway awaits right before the turn. Today I hit my 5-iron to the end of the fairway and had a great 2nd shot to the middle of the green; spectacular views of the lake and the clubhouse may distract you specially on your second shot to the semi-island green. Prevailing east-to-west winds may complicate things just a bit. Take an extra club on your second shot and aim just right of the bunker… you will be alright!plantation preserve3

Summary

Plantation Preserve’s is truly a magnificent place in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, beautifully appointed clubhouse, gorgeous golf course, great year around pricing and state of the art training facility makes this a must stop for all local as well as tourists visiting our area.   We’re sipping our traditional goose and tonic overlooking at the signature #9 island green at sunset. Plantation Preserve has hosted several international and local events and most recently hosted the 2nd Stage of the PGA Tour Q-School. Regardless of whether visitors are members or not, at this public facility, everyone enjoys a county club atmosphere with country club service!

I am Fernando, Editor and Publisher of South Florida Golf. My goal will always be to make sure you have a great time while visiting our website or reading our digital magazine. I'm an old school guy happily married with 35+ years of serious golf under my belt. Former mini-tour player, Florida Atlantic University Grad... I follow Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Panthers and anything related to South Florida .. Contact me at fs@sfgmagazine.com or @SOFLAGOLF

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