Starting out at the Lakes, you could be forgiven for being led into a false sense of security with a relatively straightforward opening par four, that should offer a birdie opportunity with two solid shots. However, don’t let the benign opening hole convince you otherwise because the moment you walk over to the second hole, the course immediately starts to get much trickier.
A large pond and bunkers protect the second green's left side and walking away from this hole with a par will likely feel like you have picked up a shot. The third hole at the Lakes course can easily confuse you. A straight tee shot over the trees may end up in the water, so be prepared to lay up with a long iron and play this short par four smart otherwise, you could be visiting an area more accustomed to the local alligators.
The eighth hole is perhaps the signature hole on the Lakes course, both in terms of appearance and because of the treacherous nature of this short, yet intimidating par three. Avoid the water hazards that line both sides of the fairway, along with a steep false front that will see many a ball roll back towards the hazards. An undulating green will test even the best putters, and to walk off this green with a par will do nothing but help your scorecard.
For those visiting Peninsula with the hope of seeing a variety of wildlife, the Marsh course is perhaps the best place to experience alligators, eagles, and other unique species. With natural vegetation throughout this property, the Marsh course offers perfect conditions to ensure a diverse range of ecosystems remains prevalent, despite the golf course thriving along this stretch of the Fort Morgan peninsula.
However, for the golfers hoping to keep their ball on the fairways, this is another challenging nine holes with the par-three fourth the signature hole. Frequently playing into a prevailing wind, those opting to play from the back tees will face a 215-yard shot with water, trees and sand protecting the green. Aesthetically appealing to the eye, yet a brutal challenge when hitting against the wind, this is one of several challenging holes on the Marsh course.
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club prides itself in keeping all three courses in impeccable condition, creating the perfect golfing experience that is unequivocally one of the best on the Gulf Coast. With a number of enhancements and upgrades both on and off the course throughout 2021, a visit to Peninsula is a must for all standards of golfer. Some of these improvements include strategic updates to several holes, cart path repairs, and brand-new E-Z-GO golf carts to enhance comfort.
Off the course, a renovated clubhouse and for the non-golfers, resurfaced tennis courts, new pickleball courts and fitness equipment create a fun-filled family experience for everyone visiting Peninsula.