Champions Club at Julington Creek a Good 'Buddy Course'

By: Tim McDonald


The Champions Club at Julington Creek is one of those fun "buddy courses," a well-kept layout that offers a challenge without demanding you and your friends play like PGA Tour pros.

This is a residential course in an upscale neighborhood just south of Jacksonville, in the Julington Creek Plantation. It's a pretty course, with pine and oak-lined fairways. Since it's a residential layout, there are homes along the perimeter, but the back nine, where the course really picks up steam, is largely designated wetlands so some holes could almost be called pastoral.

Here's what I've always liked about this course: It's 6,900 yards from the back tees with a fairly friendly slope rating of 132, so mid-handicappers like myself can play it from the back of the bus and almost feel like a pro, but only if you're hitting your driver with decent length.

That isn't to say it's a cupcake; there are some formidable holes, like No. 14, a risk-reward tee shot over a canal to a narrow fairway, the short, par-4 15th with a significant marsh carry and No. 16, a sharp dogleg left in which you'll have another marsh carry on your approach shot.

The greens are smallish with moderate undulation, and despite the marsh carries, there isn't a ton of water to get you into trouble. Most of the water is lateral, out of the normal danger zone.

The Champions Club is an excellent, semi-private residential course with interesting angles, a nice variety of holes that will keep you engaged and the kind of low green fees that will keep you coming back.

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