More often than not, an artist’s creation are reflections of his thoughts, emotions, and experiences. They are likewise an indicator of the creator’s level of expertise. This same philosophy holds true in golf course design. One perfect example is Tom Watson’s Conservatory at Hammock Beach in Jacksonville, Florida. The golf vacation destination holds the stories of Tom Watson’s prestigious life as a golfer, and the genius that he is in golf course design.
The 5-time British Open Champion, and the multi-awarded, well-celebrated golf legend that is Tom Watson has not only brought excellence into the Hammock Beach Resort with the Conservatory at Hammock Beach. He brought his own brand of excellence and it tells the champion that he is, with so much attention to every detail of the course. The inland layout is laden with 76 acres of lakes, waterfalls, brooks, and field stonework that make for a stunning golf trip experience. And stunning it is, both in scenery, and challenge that is best for golfers of ANY level. Watson also added 140 bunkers of white sand and coquina shell to the course, just the right mix of challenge and signature Florida golfing. If that isn’t enough yet, there are 3 sod-faced bunkers in the course too; Watson’s way of paying homage to British links style golfing that he has almost mastered.
The 18-hole Conservatory at Hammock Beach stretches to 7,776 yards from the longest tees and plays for a par of 72. And just as the golfing world has raved about Tom Watson’s skills in playing the sport, it has given the golf vacation haven a similar acceptance with its many accolades since opening in 2006, including 3rd in Golf Digest’s list of America’s Best New Public Courses (January 2008 issue).