Eagle Landing at Oakleaf Plantation

Eagle Landing Golf Club - Orange Park, FLEast-West Partners, the developers who raised the bar in Jacksonville-area golf communities with the Eagle Harbor development in the ‘90’s hope to surpass that with Eagle Landing at OakLeaf Plantation in northern Clay county. East-West hopes to convince its newest residents that Eagle Landing is as much “resort” as it is “community” with a list of amenities longer than your best drive on its Clyde Johnston layout. Johnston, who also designed Eagle Harbor, expects the new golf course that is scheduled to open in October, to be similar in its difficulty, though it is an entirely fresh concept for the avid Jacksonville golfer.

“My goal is to intersperse classic holes such as the Redan Hole, the Eden, and the Cardinal into the routing in order to lend a sense of purity to the golf experience at Eagle Landing Golf Club. Those individual designs are so technically and aesthetically complete that they can truly elevate a golfing experience.” Yet through the use of six different tees, including youth tees, he’ll offer a fun challenge for players of all abilities.

Eagle Landing players will have their expectations raised on the driving range alone. The enormous double-ended practice area features target bunkers facing in both directions and even a lake for you to face your fears of hitting over water before it counts! An 8,000 square-foot practice green should also prepare you for the test ahead on Eagle Landing’s over-sized greens.

Eagle Landing Golf Club - Orange Park, FLThose expectations will likely be exceeded once you tee off on the beautifully-landscaped 7,037-yard routing through natural wetlands, conservation areas, and along the border of the 24,000-acre Jennings State Forest, home for an incredible array of neighboring wildlife from deer and turkey to wild hogs. Another example of “going the extra mile” is the large, unique bunkers, many of which have grass peninsulas, or “noses” in them. And rather than just have the elevated greens just fall-off on their backsides, Johnston has strategically placed grass bunkers, a reminder that longer isn’t necessarily better.

Johnston’s routing philosophy is to begin each nine easier than you finish it. Besides the classic-design holes and elevated greens, he’s placed split-level fairways on doglegs at #7 and #14 to give you risk-reward options. On the inside corner of the dogleg-right 17th is an Oakmont-like set of “church pews”, islands of wild bahia grass in the fairway bunker. The finishing holes of each nine dogleg around a common lake that’s the focal point of the clubhouse view, yet players on the two holes won’t see each other until they reach the side-by-side greens.

As for the non-golf amenities, residents will have access to a host of recreational opportunities. There will be a full-size gym, a swim park with water playground, a dozen Har-Tru tennis courts, even a “fun house” and tree house for the kids. East-West Partners has won environmental honors and awards for “Best Planned Community” for Eagle Harbor and in other markets. With eleven builders involved in designing homes from the $300’s and up, Eagle Landing residents will have many choices on how to live a golf resort lifestyle still close enough to enjoy the vibrancy of Jacksonville. For more information please call (904) 291-7200.

 

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