Over this weekend, I had my first opportunity to play the Breakers West property. This is a Rees Jones course, which has been lengthened to a maximum of 7100 yards, with a par 72 layout. The front nine is a par 35 layout, with the back nine consisting of 3 par 5’s in a 5 hole stretch, for a backside par 37 format. As South Florida has been getting killed by rain the last week, I was curious as to how the course conditions would hold up. The Breaker’s Ocean Resort guests can also play the course, via a short 15 minute shuttle from the ocean location. Add this to the fact that everyone has been unable to play for the last few days, and we have the making of a possibly long day. Let’s see how the course and playing conditions held up!
Upon arriving at the club, we checked in though the gated entrance and were directed to the clubhouse. We were greeted at the bag drop and offered complimentary valet, though was unnecessary as parking was adjacent to the range. After checking in, the course did seem pretty busy, and tee times were full. There is a nice layout of practice facilities located very near the clubhouse and first tee. With a driving range, separate putting, chipping, and first hole warm-up area, there was plenty of space provided. Warmed up and ready to go, let’s get to the course.
The overall feel of the course is very similar from the first tee on. This course is very playable, providing enough challenge for any golfer, but has enough wiggle room for any level of player to have a good day. Many of the holes are slight doglegs, but the landing areas are pretty forgiving. The bunker layout again does not require too much addtional shot altering, and will mostly effect extremely errant shots. A good number of the greens are accessible, though there are more than a few holes with water on one or multiple sides. A few standout holes were the par-5 6th, which is a slight dogleg right. Unless you really get ahold of your driver, you will have a challenging layup with water down the right, and bunkers on the left. Even with a successful second shot, the green is large and open in the front, but surrounded by water on the other sides. Another standout hole is the short par 4 9th. Direct line tee to green was 315 yards, but this is directly over water. The hole is a big, sweeping dogleg left with water down the left the entire way. You can hit anything from a 6-iron to a driver, depending on how much you want to cut off. A really great risk- reward hole.
As for the overall condition and playability of the course, I was happily surprised. There were some soggy fairway areas as expected, but the course held up extremely well to the weather. The greens were consistently in good shape, rolling really well, and still moving quickly. Even though the course was full, the fact that we were a twosome playing behind a foursome, the round was just around 4 hours, and moved at a very good pace. It was apparent that the members were used to this pace, and everyone seemed to be on the same page. As discussed previously, I was expecting a much slower pace due to all of the factors, but not once did I really feel like we were moving too slowly. It was just a nice enjoyable round, with the beautiful weather we all have come to expect. If you are thinking about the Breakers, it would be a great place to check out for the golf life, and offers all the additional activities that you can experience in South Florida!