Hole 18 with the resort next to it

Bay Hill - 18th Hole

Northern Bay #18 - Par 4

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Arguably one of the very best finishing holes in all of golf is the 18th at Bay Hill. Bay Hill was built in 1961 and originally conceived as a private getaway for its investors. The 18th hole is a true test of the mental fitness of your game. The fairway seems very wide, but your tee shot needs to be left of center to avoid having an approach over water to a challenging green. Hit it right off the tee, and things can go from bad to worse quickly. A lake guards the entire right side of this long, kidney-shaped green. A tee shot hit to the right-side requires a long, delicate approach entirely over water. It's unlikely you'll have a short enough club in hand to allow you to land the ball softly on a treacherously fast, and undulating green. Putts over 120 feet are possible here.

Hole 18 with the resort next to it

Your Approach

The 18th green is not a good place to take risks if your match is on the line. It's got water on the right and bunkers on the left. If you're not sure about your approach, this might be a place to make the prudent choice and lay up short of the green and hope you can rely on your chipping and putting to help you save your par.

Hole with a large water feature on the left

Par wins here more often than not. Play it right, and victory will be yours, but play it too aggressively, and you'll probably be buying.

The 18th looks simple on paper at 441 yards straightaway, but that's where the simplicity ends. With the lake, bunkers, and mounds, it becomes easy to lose a championship on the 18th. Raymond Floyd once said, "The hole borders on unfair."

But, Robert Gamez recorded only an "eagle" two on this same hole on the 72nd hole of the 1990 tournament to beat Greg Norman by a stroke.

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