The only true oceanfront golf course to open in Florida in more than 70 years, Ocean Hammock Club near Palm Coast opened in 2000 and quickly earned accolades from pros and amateurs alike. Jack Nicklaus maintained the elevated mounds of scrub oak and native brush called "hammocks" to create natural ocean barriers and used native coquina sand to mold the distinctive cinnamon-colored bunkers. Michelle Wie won the US Women’s Amateur Public Links here in 2003. It’s also the site of several USGA and PGA qualifying events.
Ocean Hammock Golf Course was purchased from Centex Destination Properties at the end of 2006 by The Ginn Company (Ginn Resorts) along with the adjoining Lodge at Ocean Hammock. Centex had purchased these properties from the original developer, Lowe Properties, only a year earlier. With the acquisition of the golf course and lodge, Bobby Ginn fulfills a long held desire to round out the amenities at his Hammock Beach Club and Resort, which overlooks the course and the Atlantic Ocean.
Eight of Ocean Hammock's holes are on the Atlantic Ocean, while the remaining wind through unspoiled wetlands and past sparkling lakes. The last four holes of the par 72 course have been nicknamed the "Bears Claw" and are considered to be among the most memorable finishing holes anywhere. Watch out for the ever present wind which can easily make a two club difference. Many find the 16th the most difficult par 4 on the course. If you lay up, your second shot to a very narrow green is problematic. If you choose to hit away, you risk running through the fairway for a lost ball or unplayable lie.
Fairways have generous landing areas but narrow significantly on second shots. The difficult par 3s are handicapped lower than the reachable par 5s. Greens are large with undulations but putt truly. In typical Nicklaus fashion, the course is well bunkered with many deep faced. GPS equipped carts help you negotiate this beautiful layout. The staff is professional and very courteous.
Ocean Hammock’s practice area is fabulous. It’s one of the largest in the area with several target greens and a separate instructional area at the far end. The putting green is huge and, like the rest of the course, in great condition.
Ocean Hammock Club is semi-private. Memberships are available to Ocean Hammock and Hammock Beach property owners. The public is also invited to play but bring your credit card. Ocean Hammock is the most expensive public access course in the Palm Coast area. Complete your round with lunch or dinner and drinks at The Atlantic Grill in the Lodge overlooking the 18th and the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2006, the Ocean Hammock Club was purchased by Centex Destination Properties. In 2007, the club was subsequently purchased by the Ginn Company (Bobby Ginn). It has been incorporated into the Ginn amenity pool, along with the Hammock Beach Club and the Conservatory Golf Club. In March 2007, Ocean Hammock hosted The Ginn Championship for the PGA Champion Tour. It was the second richest event on the 2007 tour and by all reports a great success. Ocean Hammock will host the tournament again March 24 - 30, 2008. Ginn has renamed the course - The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach. All future updates will be to that page.