Sharks' Tooth has Bite, But Mostly it's a Tasty Treat

By: Tim McDonald

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I just got finished playing Shark's Tooth and I think – I think! – I may have seen a single blade of grass out of place.

The main selling point of this terrific course in Northwest Florida may be its impeccable conditioning. It looks like a vast, green watercolor painting by Gainsborough.

One of the first things you notice at Shark's Tooth is that even though it's in a development, you can only see homes if you really, really try. Some courses say their housing is set back tastefully; at Shark's Tooth, it's as though the few homes are made invisible by magic. I dare you to find them.

That's good because it's in a very green and watery setting, with good views of the surrounding Lake Powell, especially on the back nine.

Shark's Tooth was designed by Greg Norman, who has said he would place it in his top three designs worldwide. That's quite a compliment seeing that Norman has designed many highly-regarded layouts around the world.

Shark's Tooth doesn't have some of the more radical design elements of sister course Camp Creek. The former's pleasures are more subtle, like the routing that takes you through wild conservation areas and the  wooden bridges that elevate you over the marshes on your way around the course.

It is a very playable course -- 7,204 yards from the back tees with a manageable slope rating of 136. From the second tees, where most golfers would play, the yardage drops to 6,511 with a benign slope rating of 126.

The fairways are pretty forgiving and some of the greens feature big, smiling bailout areas.

Still, there are plenty of dangers. Some of the tee shots have intimidating, forced carries over marsh and water, and the slightly elevated greens are well-guarded by bunkers. Your approach shots must be handled delicately here.

Shark's Tooth is a private course -- with a big, ornate clubhouse and excellent facilities -- but you can play it if you stay at the Watercolor Inn or other St. Joe-owned vacation properties.

A number of resort packages are available now. Call 850-534-5024 for more information.

 

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