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Course Hole by Hole Tour

Explore each of the perfectly manicured 18 holes at our private Florida golf club. Click on any "Hole Number" tab below:

  • 1


    Indian River Club will swat you with a heavy hand later in your journey, but welcomes you with a velvet glove at the first hole. A generous fairway beckons you off the tee with lots of room to spray your driver to the right. Of some concern is the marsh which must be dodged off the tee and a bunker on the left can create problems at the 150-yard marker. The slightly elevated green is framed nicely by palm trees enhancing the view left, but there is a menacing bunker for those who stray too far right.

    Origin of Hole Name

    The early Spaniard explorers called the extensive wet grass prairies they encountered "Savannahs" after the grasslands of Africa. A remnant of those "Savannahs" can still be found along the right side of hole 1.

  • 2


    A collage of colors dress the landscape from the trees, the blue of the water, the emerald green of the fairway, the dazzling white of the bunker which stretches down the entire right side of the hole. There are options aplenty off the tee of this short par 4, choose a driver, a fairway wood or a long iron and plan your journey accordingly. A deep bunker in front of the green will gobble up all mis-hits. Like many of the sloped sides which drop from Indian River's greens, this one features shaved links-type areas which encourage you to putt or bump-and-run your way back up should you bound off the putting surface.

    Origin of Hole Name

    A long carry over water and a formidable sand bunker give this hole its name.

  • 3

    Oak Hammock

    No. 3 opens with a drive down an alley between stands of stately oaks. The second shot must flirt with natural wetlands positioned left of the fairway where the hole takes a slight dogleg left. Optical illusions abound as the green is partially concealed by mounding and bunkers, making the approach shot appear more difficult than it actually is. The green has a definite double tier, so you must get the proper yardage with your short iron.

    Origin of Hole Name

    No. 3 plays through a native oak hammock of large live oaks.

  • 4

    High Low

    Pick your own poison - how much of a challenge do you want? As with all holes at Indian River, five distinct teeing areas give you a wide variety of yardages, angles and degrees of difficulty over water and clusters of bunkers. Lots of movement on this green makes three-putts a definite possibility if you don't wind up close to the pin.

    Origin of Hole Name

    The hole offers a choice of two tees. A low, shorter shot across the lake, or a longer shot offering bailout opportunities.

  • 5

    Pine Valley

    Gorgeous views from the tees where expansive areas of natural white sand blend in with water and long-needle pines. The tee shot must split the gap between two opposing bunkers. Another long flash of alabaster sand dresses up the left side of the fairway leading to the green. The last 100 yards is played down a chute between a long waste bunker and a stand of pines.

    Origin of Hole Name

    Named after the famous course that plays through a similar environment of sand pines and oak scrub.

  • 6

    Scrub Jay

    The most intimidating tee shot on the course, demanding a carry over a beautiful nature area of scrub brush and majestic old scarred pines. Successfully reach the fairway and you will be hitting to the green from a banked fairway. The fairway drops to a small green guarded on the left by another huge Garl bunker.

    Origin of Hole Name

    The endangered birds that are denizens of this rare dune scrub habitat give this hole its name.

  • 7

    Water Oak

    This short par 4 begins with a drive over marshland, water squeezing you on the right. A line of bunkers down the left side define the landing zone of this dogleg right beauty. Don't push your approach shot to the right or it will meet a watery grave.

    Origin of Hole Name

    A long lake with a sentinel oak overlooking the fairway.

  • 8


    Another intimidating tee shot at this lengthy par 3. Be on target to the peninsula green or be in the water! You might get away under-clubbing, since a huge bunker in front of the green provides a safety net.

    Origin of Hole Name

    The arched cart bridge over the lake guarding the green names this hole.

  • 9


    Your tee shot must carry the lake-the wide landing area tempts you to "let out the shaft." The third shot truly makes this hole, hopefully a short-iron arched to a green beautifully propped with wooden bulkheading. The narrow green is framed with high banks behind and the wetlands in front. Make sure you have the right club.

    Origin of Hole Name

    With the wind at your back you may be tempted to try the green in two shots.

  • 10


    The back nine takes on a definite Carolinas feel with an expansive Pinehurst-look bunker decorating the area in front of this tee. There is a pronounced natural look throughout the hole which culminates with a Donald Ross illusion bunker. From out in the fairway the bunker appears to abut the green, but actually it is 60 yards short. Plenty of room here to work the ball into the green with a fade or a draw.

    Origin of Hole Name

    Though it looks as if it were nestled against the front of the green, the fairway bunker that defines this hole is 60 yards in front of your target.

  • 11


    This difficult par 5 begins with a lengthy carry over a lake to a fairway bordered by a majestic stand of pines. The fairway rolls and meanders through a forest cathedral of trees, bending to the right. The second shot must negotiate a stream which cuts across the fairway, adding another element of strategy. Beware of the water which lies in wait at the right front of the green!

    Origin of Hole Name

    This hole requires 3 good shots. Get impatient and you may find yourself in trouble.

  • 12


    You'll swear you are in the mountains when you stand on the tee of this medium-length par 3. Trees surround and isolate the entire hole with a waste bunker stretching from tee to green. Avoid it, or be prepared to pay the penalty!

    Origin of Hole Name

    A long sand trap, towering pines, and whispering wind may make you think you are in a different state.

  • 13


    The terrain has flattened a bit now. A bayou meanders down the left side, although it should not be in play. Aim towards the wide fairway bunker which borders the landing zone. Oops! Closer inspection reveals it's not a fairway bunker at all, but rather a lengthy beach bunker lying behind a stream guarding the green on three sides.

    Origin of Hole Name

    The green is guarded by a large sand bunker leading right into the water.

  • 14


    It's straightaway, it's short, and it's full of adventure. Use an iron off the tee and keep the ball on the flat landing zone, or pull out the driver and flail away-although you risk a chancy landing on the hump 90 yards short of the green. The green is the real problem here, divided into hemispheres left and right by a bisecting ridge. If the flag is on the left, make sure you hit left. An indifferent shot to the lower plateau on the right can lead to a nightmarish roller-coaster putt.

    Origin of Hole Name

    This short par 4 is named after the rare birds often seen here as well as the score many aspire for.

  • 15


    Don't miss your tee shot left! Aim for the Carolina pines off the right side. An iron off the tee is a definite consideration on this relatively short par 5, but don't even think about it if your irons have a natural draw. For Tiger Woods, this can well be a two-shot hole. If you try it, though, make sure you have enough club. Short means a bath in the lake or an impromptu trip to the beach.

    Origin of Hole Name

    Water down the left and trees along the right require a careful approach to this hole.

  • 16


    Another little beauty of a par 3 with a green framed by an amphitheater of trees. A small cluster of oak saplings guard the right side, making accuracy an absolute must. A high fade is the ideal shot.

    Origin of Hole Name

    The tee shot to this par 3 is defined by a narrow opening between trees.

  • 17


    Don't be fooled by its benign appearance. This is minimalist design to the max-no tricks, just straight-forward golf in classic Old Florida architecture. Shape your tee shot for a high gentle draw, but leave it right-center on this dogleg left fairway. A stand of pines at the left of the green and bunkers on the right make you thread the needle to reach the putting surface.

    Origin of Hole Name

    Though it doesn't seem difficult from the tee, this par 4 is much tougher than it looks.

  • 18

    On the Rocks

    Do you have two good shots left in you? Both the tee shot and the approach shot flirt with the lake which extends down the entire left side. Be as bold as you dare with your drive to shorten the second shot. The approach must be on target to negotiate water in front of the green. The boulder-lined bulkhead adds a finishing touch of beauty, not just to this closing hole, but to your entire golfing experience at Indian River Club.

    Origin of Hole Name

    Named after the green perched above a native stone outcropping, or the libation awaiting you at the clubhouse.



Indian River Club
800 Carolina Circle SW
Vero Beach, FL 32962