Eagle Landing Showcases Both Classy and Classic Golf

By: Tim McDonald


If you're a roving golfer like I am, some of the holes might seem familiar as you play your way around the Eagle Landing golf course on the west side of Jacksonville. That's because architect Clyde Johnston has invoked some of the classic design holes from around the world.

This isn't a replica course; it's more of an "inspired-by" work. You might notice something else as well, as you traverse this excellent, scenic layout: The holes seem to get progressively more difficult. That's by design, too because Johnston likes to start each nine fairly easy and make them progressively more challenging.

It all makes for a great day of golf, especially if you arrive early and get to use the expansive practice facilities; the huge driving range has bunkers and a canal to hit over, possibly to help golfers get over their fear of water.

Eagle Landing has a great deal of subtle strategy built in. Yes, the fairways are wide, lush and inviting, but the course is laid out so that you need to hit your tee ball to certain areas in order to avoid going over one of the many large bunkers that guard the greens.

The course measures a tad more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, but you can soften it by picking one of the more forward tee boxes; there are six in all. Because the course sits on a huge piece of prime, wooded property - it's in a housing development, but vast stretches feel virtually isolated - tournaments are popular here.

The best part may be after you finish your round, when you can have a bite to eat at the elegant restaurant overlooking the water and the lush layout.

This is a course you'll want to play if you're in the area. Call 904-291-7200 for more information.

And click here for a short video of Eagle Landing.

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