Golf Course Architect, Arthur
3001 SE Doubleton Drive,
Stuart, Florida 34997
(772) 220-6000, willoughbygolfclub.com
written by Joe Stine,
Hills took great care while designing the private 18-hole golf
course at Willoughby Golf Club back in 1988, and when asked,
the world-renowned golf course architect has nothing but praise
for how it turned out. I really like the routing at Willoughby,
said Hills to Florida Golf Magazine.
championship tees, (which have been used in several US Open qualifiers),
the course plays to just under 6,800 yards between towering trees
and natural wetlands, over azure blue lakes and around more than
55 all-too-inviting bunkers.
Located in Stuart,
Willoughby Golf Club is one of the most sought after golf communities
in Southeast Florida. Tradition is of the utmost importance to
both the club and its members. In keeping with the Arthur Hills
tradition, Willoughby is a shot makers course carved out
of the natural surroundings, giving it that Old Florida
Look that serious golfers love.
think the par threes at Willoughby deserve mention, said
Hills. In particular, I think the 208-yard 3rd hole is
very nice and the 169-yard, sixth hole is also interesting even
though its about as simple of a golf hole as was ever put
on a golf course.
Many of the picturesque
bunkers at Willoughby Golf Club are grass-faced with flat sand
lines that are very much like the dominant style at Pinehurst
#2. Like his predecessor Donald Ross, Arthur Hills also made
use of an assortment of bunker styles at Willoughby Golf Club
that are not grass faced.
The 364 yard par 4, 8th hole
at Willoughby Golf Club
shaping of the fairways at Willoughby is meticulously done, making
abundant use of hillocks and swales throughout to create the
most picturesque golf course in the area. The resultant varied
terrain also ensures that shot selection at Willoughby never
seems repetitive. With each days round, the sense of challenge
and fascination is renewed. Its no wonder that Willoughbys
members are so attached to their home course.
Every hole at
Willoughby Golf Club is worthy of being called a signature hole,
but among the members, the eighth and ninth holes seem to be
the two favorites on the front nine.
said, The eighth hole is a notably difficult par four because
there is water to carry to the green. And the par five, ninth
hole at Willoughby is also very challenging because the green
is out on a peninsula.
Hole #8, which is described in the yardage book as Over
The Lake And Around The Mounds, is the #1 handicap hole
at Willoughby. The eighth hole is wide open off the tee and not
real long, playing at 364 yards from the back tees. But, then,
theres the lake sitting serenely between you, your mid
iron and the green. Next comes the green itself, which is tucked
inside a series of mounds and theres hardly a flat place
Hole #9, comes with a warning. Caution: Uneven Terrain
Ahead! A real signature hole, this par 5 demands length
and great care. Off the ninth tee, you drive into a wide, rolling
fairway, then work the ball over a series of humps and between
trees, wetlands and a trio of bunkers on your second shot. Youre
then left with a short iron third shot to a narrow, bulk-headed
green with an expansive lake on the left and bunkers on the right.
Reaching hole high is vital on this two-tiered green where a
severe false front awaits anything short.
Playing at 385 yards from the back tees, the 18th is only the
eighth hardest hole at Willoughby Golf Club, but dont be
fooled by this difficult par four.
asked about a signature hole on the back nine Arthur Hills said,
The 18th hole at Willoughby is a difficult par four and
a very challenging finishing hole.
Hole #18, - Playing at 385 yards from the back tees, the
18th is rated as the eighth hardest hole at Willoughby Golf Club,
but dont be fooled. I liked this hole so much,
said Hills, that I built an exact copy of it in Kentucky
at a course called Champions Trace. In fact, during my whole
career, I think that was the only time that I ever deliberately
copied a golf hole.
Club Memberships - Options for Everyone
Willoughby Golf Club invites you
to discover the many satisfactions of membership.
both a private golf course in Stuart, FL for Club members and
a welcoming gated community in South Florida for estate owners.
The Club is also undergoing a significant shift in its member
mix, as the number of memberships among young, working professionals
and families continues to rise.
Club is a Florida Homeowners Association and all residents of
the community are members of the association through the ownership
of their home. There are a variety of golf and social membership
offerings available to residents, and most residents are Equity
Golf Members who participate in golf, tennis and social activities.
Nestled on over
400 acres, Willoughby Golf Club has a wide variety of custom-built
homes for even the most discerning of home buyers. Willoughbys
lighted HarTru tennis courts also support an active tennis program
that has won four league championships in the past three years.
Call 772-221-2509 to arrange your personal tour today. (See WilloughbyGolfClub.com)