Golf

RIVER WILDERNESS Country Club

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W., Parrish.

PHONE: 776-2602.

WEB SITE: www.riverwildernesscc.com.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Private.

RATES: Call for membership.

YEAR/ARCHITECT: 1984/Ted McAnlis.

HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: A 30-station driving range, putting green, pitching green and sand trap, plus a 420-yard practice hole parallel to No. 18.

PAR/YARDAGE: Gold, 72/7,072; Blue, 72/6,550; White, 72/6,190; Green-Men, 72/5,628; Green-Women, 72/5,628; Red, 72/5,237.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Gold, 74.8/134; Blue, 71.8/127; White, 69.7/125; Green 67.7/116; Red, 71.1/118.

HEAD PRO: Doug Brown.

DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 301 North to Old Tampa Road and turn right. Travel south 2 miles to gated entrance.

UNFORGETTABLE: At 620 yards from the tips, No. 15 is all any golfer can handle. The downhill-sloping green is surrounded by water.

INSIDE INFO: River Wilderness and Michigan State annually host a major NCAA women’s tournament, scheduled for the middle of February.

DID YOU KNOW?: It never appeared on a scorecard, but PGA Tour star Paul Azinger hit one of the most remarkable shots in club annals. From the 16th tee, he skipped a 135-yard, 4-iron shot across the lake into a drain pipe on the other side to win a bet. “Skip, skip, skip, right in the center of that drain pipe,” Azinger recalled, laughing. “There should be a little plaque there.”

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