When you pull up to the clubhouse at The Palencia Club, you may think you've mistakenly arrived at a grand hotel. You walk through the high gates past the bag drop and think you've entered a Roman arena - you half expect trumpets. The layout spreads out below you like Shangri-La, green and inviting - a golfer's paradise.
Designed by the legendary Arthur Hills, this 7,071 yard, par 72 layout is one of the most exclusive courses in the area. Carved out of 200-year old oak trees, the Palencia Golf Course offers you a challenging layout as you go through your round of 18. The conditioning is immaculate and the fairways are the very definition of the word lush.
It's a beautiful layout, winding through the low country just to the west of the Intracoastal Waterway, with elevated tee boxes and greens affording views of gnarled, centuries-old oaks and, on some holes of the waterway itself and its surrounding marshes. However, accuracy is a must, more so for the coastal winds.
Hole three, called "Leaning Tree," features a mature live oak whose main trunk reaches across the fairway. But don't worry, it doesn't obstruct your shot, unless you hit a low line drive. Number six features a high green with a view of the tidal marshes and Intracoastal Waterway. Hole sixteen is the course's signature hole, it is framed by magnificent oak forests and offers a wide view of water behind the low, open green.