The Morgan Cup is just a couple of months away and as THP prepares the final details of this extraordinary event, the courses are being properly prepared for such a challenge. Reunion Resort is the venue for this special weekend and the courses are ready for the challenge as the two teams prepare for their journey to Orlando, FL.
While the resort has three championship courses that guests can enjoy, The Morgan Cup will be played on two of them. On Saturday teams will be taking on the Independence Course, designed by Tom Watson, from a set of tees that will measure 6319 yards for 36 holes. If the course is a challenge, it is certainly a beautiful one. A traditional parkland layout with a windswept, native appearance, this par 72 beauty is framed by 15 varieties of native grasses, azaleas, hibiscus, camellias and other foliage. Says Watson: “Golf attracts more players than any other outdoor sport. No doubt there are almost as many reasons for this as there are players, but one reason is certainly shared by all. It’s the simple pleasure of being on a beautiful course.”
Set on the lower end of the Highland Ridge and Davenport Creek Preserve, theIndependence Course offers un-Florida like undulating terrain with elevation variations as much as 45 feet from tee to green. The first Tom Watson-designed course in Florida, the Independence Course will instantly join the ranks of the Sunshine State’s most challenging and visually appealing layouts. A traditional, parkland style course with a windswept, native look, the Independence Course provides beauty and challenge. Watson deftly designed subtle openings to greens to demand a strategic, well thought out approach shots from players. Spacious, closely mown green complexes put a premium on a creative short game. Holes two through six border the Davenport Creek Preserve.
Sunday will feature 18 holes of singles and that will be played on The Tradition Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, at a distance of 6537 yards. Precision shot making certainly comes into play on the par 72 Tradition Course. Unlike the severe hills of the Legacy and Independence courses, this Parkland-style layout is a natural gem…smooth and flowing, with long horizon lines as well as elevated tee boxes and greens. Utilizing the dramatic elevation changes inherent to the site, Nicklaus has created a unique variety of risk/reward opportunities, with each hole challenging the golfer to organize a series of shots in his or her mind before ever stepping up to the ball.
As a layout, The Tradition Course contours naturally to the landscape. Not necessarily a hilly course like Tom Watson’s Independence Course, The Tradition Course was designed to flow smoothly and gently from tee to green. A target, parkland-style course, it was designed to be a players’ course rather than what is often referred to as “resort golf”. The layout is not exceptionally long by today’s standards, but postage-stamp greens, forced carries that lead to fairway targets sometimes only 50 yard long and fair amount of trouble for wayward shots give the course plenty of bite.
Both courses will offer separate and unique challenges to the golfers as they prepare to embark on this event. The Morgan Cup is a one of a kind weekend of golf sponsored by TaylorMade Golf and Callaway Golf as they give 16 amateur golfers the chance of a lifetime to feel what it is like as a tour player for a weekend. Click here for more details on the ultimate weekend of golf for 16 lucky participants.
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