Video: 526 Yards to Island Green at Odyssey Country Club
Golf pro Rich Santangelo shows off the signature 16th hole at the Odyssey Golf Course, a par-five hole with an island green believed to be one of the first of its kind in the United States.
The signature hole at the Odyssey Golf Course isn’t your typical island green, and it’s fitting that for the first three years, the 16th hole green wasn’t surrounded by water.
But after a few years in business, course consultant and Odyssey golf pro Ed Staffan decided to create a signature hole for the course.
“Twenty years ago, I don’t know if there was a par-five in the country with an island green,” Staffan said. “It turned out great because it’s short enough where a big, strong golfer on a windy day can reach it in two, but he’s got to make that decision if he wants to go for it or not. We might have been the first golf course with an island-green par-five (hole).”
Odyssey golf pro Rich Santangelo played the part of gracious host as he demonstrated how he attacks the 526-yard signature hole.
“There are two sand traps on the hole, but with a wide fairway, there is some room for error. Not much, but some,” Santangelo said.