Work Begins on Watson Course at Hammock Beach

In early April, construction began on a new Tom Watson-designed course in Palm Coast, Fla. Ground was broken on the Conservatory at Hammock Beach layout, which will serve the golf members at Hammock Beach, The Club at Hammock Beach and Yacht Harbor Village.

Accompanied by Bobby Masters, executive vice president of Ginn Clubs & Resorts, James Canfield, mayor of Palm Coast and Bob Van Bergen, general manager of The Club at Hammock Beach, Watson traveled to The Conservatory at Hammock Beach to witness the official groundbreaking, which took place next to Watson No. 8, a Par 3, 170-yard, island green, complete with a picturesque waterfall.

The functionality of the par-72 course comes from Watson, one of the golf’s most accomplished and popular players. The course involves extensive stone work, water features, rock bulk-heading and paved cart paths, all supported by elaborate landscaping.

“Our goal is to provide equal parts beauty, challenge and playability with equal consideration for the 2 handicapper and the 32,” said Wayne Smith senior vice president of Ginn Golf. “The course will accommodate all skill levels, with yardages stretching from just under 4,800 to more than 7,500 yards, but it will require precise approach shots and a deft touch around greens.”

If all goes well, Watson’s Conservatory at Hammock Beach will debut in spring 2005. For more information, visit