Ocean Ridge Plantation and architect Tim Cate have always been held in high regard, but Tiger’s Eye, the third of the property’s four Big Cats, brought the facility national acclaim.
Tiger’s Eye opened in 2000 and it immediately became an area favorite as Cate’s use of locally harvested coquina boulders around nearly every lake helped created eye-catching aesthetics in a course cut from a pine forest.
Wide fairways are flanked by sprawling waste bunkers and bentgrass greens await on a layout that has been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.”
The par 3s at Tiger’s Eye are all easy on the eyes and require players to confront any fear they may have of hitting over water. The 11th hole, a 156-yard one-shotter with a green surrounded by water on three sides, is one of the layout’s signature holes.
The par 4s, as is often the case on highly regarded designs, features great diversity. From the 356-yard par 4 10th hole to the monster 452-yard 12th hole, the par 4s at Tiger’s Eye offer varied challenges.
Many players see a par 5 and instinctively think an opportunity to pick up a stroke awaits. That may be the case at Tiger’s Eye, but it certainly isn’t a given. According to the scorecard, three of the layout’s four hardest holes are par 5s, led by the 562-yard seventh hole.
If the course itself isn’t enough, Tiger’s Eye is home to a beautiful stand-alone clubhouse that offers a panoramic views of the course’s 9th, 10th and 18th holes.
It’s an outstanding golf course and it provides the experience to match.