Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Year Opened: 2006
Location: Millsboro, Delaware
Slope: 143. Rating: 75.4
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,302
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 458 Yds    10 - Par 5 593 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 581 Yds    11 - Par 4 459 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 351 Yds    12 - Par 4 416 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 390 Yds    13 - Par 3 190 Yds
                      5 - Par 3 194 Yds    14 - Par 4 495 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 395 Yds    15 - Par 4 338 Yds
                      7 - Par 5 535 Yds    16 - Par 3 208 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 460 Yds    17 - Par 4 458 Yds
                      9 - Par 3 216 Yds    18 - Par 5 565 Yds
                      Par 36  3,580 Yds     Par 36  3,722 Yds

Awards Won: Ranked #2 Best in State (Delaware) by Golf Digest (2007-08),
            Winner, Private Club - Development of the Year by Golf Inc (2006),
            Best Environmental Land Development/Community (2006).


HISTORY: You're given a landscape that was once an 800-acre chicken feed farm,
features  great  water views and is  surrounded by a 225-acre protected nature
preserve  and  you're object is  to craft  a layout worthy  of the best in the

So  the  call goes out  to the  world's greatest golfer  and one of the finest
architects of our time, Jack Nicklaus to do the deed. Nicklaus, who has six of
his  designs  in the  latest Golf  Digest Top-100  rankings, created his first
private course in the state of Delaware.

"We  did this  golf course  for the  people  who are  going to  live here  and
recreate  here. When you do that, then you do the golf course differently than
you would when you build a golf course for a tournament."

Nicklaus  did  just that,  creating  a  venue  that's visually  appealing  and
challenging  for  all levels under championship playing conditions. Surrounded
by water on three sides, seven of the 18 holes hug the waterfront along Indian
River  and Lingo  Creek.  The Peninsula  is the  first  exclusive golf  course
community in Delaware.

The  Golden  Bear has high  hopes for The  Peninsula, commenting that it "will
become the Pebble Beach of the East."

REVIEW:  The Peninsula  opens with a rock-solid par four, which doglegs to the
left.  Water and a  150-yard bunker guard the left side, while trees flank the
right.  A drawing tee shot will set up a medium-iron to a sloping green. Avoid
the  deep bunker right and the chipping area, left and deep and you'll survive
the first with par.

The  second,  one of the longest  holes on the  course, is a dogleg left, over
water  par five. Framed  by bunkers on the right side of the fairway, the play
is  to cut as much off the tee shot as possible, setting up an outside shot to
get  home in  two. There is plenty of  bailout area to the right, as the water
runs  right up to  the left side of the green. A pot bunker in front and traps
right and deep will get plenty of action. The putting surface is not deep, but
very wide with a ridge in the center. Par is not a certainty.

No  matter what tee box you play on the third, this short par four is a birdie
hole.  Just  351 yards from the  tips, the key  here is avoiding the series of
fairway  bunkers  dotting the  twisting landing area.  Once successful, just a
short  pitch remains to a very accessible green. Leave yourself below the hole
and you just might make a three.

Although the fourth is not overly long, it can be treacherous, as water guards
the  entire right side  of the hole. The fairway is generous, so play sensibly
left  with  a fairway-metal,  leaving just a  short-iron to the back-to-front,
sloping  green. Sand  right, runs down to  the water, and the bunkers left and
rear  are no bargain either. A back-right pin could be a nightmare, especially
with the wind in your face.

One  of the many signature holes on the course, the fifth is a sensational par
three,  with views of the Tidal Wetland and Indian River Bay in the distant. A
medium-  to  long-iron must be  struck precisely,  avoiding the marsh left and
short  and the sand  right. The long and narrow green, slopes gently from back
to front, making par a possibility.

Following  a  gentle stroll through  woods and marsh to  the next tee, we come
upon  the  par-four sixth. One  of my least favorite  at the Peninsula and not
because  of the  layout. The  luxury condominiums  that stand  high above  the
fairway  down the left side, take away from the beauty of the hole. Bending to
the  right, this  subtle par four is  under 400 yards in length, however water
guards  the  right side  of the  generous landing  area, while several fairway
bunkers  cover the left.  The green is long and wide, with a bunker left and a
steep slope right that slides toward the water. Homes will be built behind the
green which will block some of the strong winds from the bay.

In contrast, one of my favorite holes on the course is the reachable, par-five
seventh.  Just 535  yards from the tips, the hole meanders alongside the Tidal
Wetlands  and Indian  River Bay to the right with sensational views. Stay left
off  the tee, as  sand proves to be a burden on the right. The wide layup area
near  the green features a bunker, smack dab in the center, so steer clear for
the  best  results. The green  is Nicklaus at his  best, subtle, yet tricky. A
small  pot bunker guards the entrance, as the putting surface slopes from back
to  front  with a  spine in  the center. Anything  worse than  par should be a

From  the black tees,  the eighth is the longest par four on the front nine, a
rugged,  460 yards.  Not only that, it  doglegs to the right with homes and OB
left  and sand  and  marshland to  the  right. The  S-shaped  fairway must  be
dissected  in order  to reach the green,  as sand on both sides of the landing
area  makes  for a difficult  par. With  the wind in  your face on your second
shot, an extra club or two is required to reach the wide putting surface, as a
large trap fronts the green.

Another  great  par three,  the ninth  is all carry  over water  to one of the
largest  greens on  the  course.  This one  takes  "Cojones."  Wind will  most
certainly  be  a factor, especially when  the pin is back-right. Bunkers and a
chipping  area  will keep you  honest down the left  side of this huge putting
surface.  It's not often  that a one-shotter gets a handicap rating of nine on
the scorecard.

If  you thought the  front nine was a test, wait to you see what's in store on
the  inward holes. Measuring 3,722 yards from the black buttons, there is only
one  par four under  400 yards, both par three's play over water and marsh and
the two par five's average 579 yards!

The  tenth  is a zigzagging  par five,  the longest hole  on the course at 593
yards.  Nicklaus  has given the  player ample  opportunity to hit the fairway,
however,  stray every  so slightly and you'll  end up in one of the half-dozen
bunkers that guard the short grass. Water comes into play with your layup down
the right side, while three bunkers pinch the landing zone. Just a short pitch
remains  to a  slick putting surface with bunkers guarding the front and sides
and water to the right.

One  of the  hardest holes on the course,  the 11th is a long, dogleg left par
four, with water down the entire left side from tee to green. It also features
some  of the  prettiest  homes on  the  property,  some of  which  look to  be
transplanted  from the Jersey Shore or Cape Cod. Even after a modest tee ball,
you'll still need a medium- to long-iron to cover the remaining yardage to the
pin.  A back-left pin will bring the lake into play and any shot missed to the
right  will  be swallowed  up by  sand. The putting  surface is two-tiered and
quite long, so club selection is key.

The  12th is  one of the few straight  holes on the course. Just 416 yards, OB
left and a long waste bunker right, make accurate driving a must. The green is
very  receptive, however  a medium-iron must negotiate the oversized trap left
and the pot bunker right. The T-shaped putting surface slopes hard to left and
is one of the most difficult on the course.

Island  greens are  cropping  all over  the world  and  Nicklaus provided  The
Peninsula with its own version, the 190-yard 13th. All carry over a lake, this
gem  features  a raised putting surface,  with slopes heading down towards the
water,  not to mention  one of the largest greens on the course. Sand right is
little consolation for an errant shot, but it sure beats being wet.

On most golf courses, the next hole would normally play as a par five, however
the  14th  is a  495-yard par four  at The Peninsula.  Bending slightly to the
right,  this  is one "Bear" of  a hole, as  it requires length and accuracy to
have any chance at par. Three fairway bunkers must be avoided, leaving a long-
iron or fairway-metal to a large, elevated green. Whatever you do, shortsiding
yourself into the sand on either side of the putting surface, can only lead to
bogey...or worse.

Finally,  a  breather of sorts.  Just 338 yards, the  15th is the shortest par
four  on the course,  but certainly no pushover. The opportunity to go for the
green  off the tee is present, but the sensible play is a long-iron or rescue-
club over the marshy, waste area will leave around 100 yards to a well-guarded
green.  The putting  surface is the smallest  on the course and trapped on all
sides.  With such a  short club in hand, you should be able to attack and make
birdie.  When playing  downwind, take out the  big stick and smash a high draw
and who knows, maybe you'll have an eagle try.

The appearance of condominiums will certainly damper the view of the par-three
16th,  but it won't change the challenge. A long-iron must carry over marsh to
a  long, undulating  green with  sand left  and right.  Missing left  is jail,
making for a difficult up-and-down, as the green slopes to the south.

The 17th is another, long and lean par four stretching a tough, 458 yards from
the tips. Fairly straightaway, the landing area is generous, but missing right
will  land in  sand and  left, a  marshy, watery  grave. A  mid- to  long-iron
remains  to  an elevated green  with sand left  and right. The putting surface
slopes to the front, so stay below for your best chance at saving par.

Closing  holes on Nicklaus courses are usually sensational and the 18th at The
Peninsula  does not  disappoint. A double, dogleg-left par five, this 565-yard
monster  wraps around  wetlands from tee to  green. Out of bounds on the right
will keep you honest off the tee, but the fairway is generous. Your layup shot
must be played across the corner of the water, setting up a pitch of under 100
yards.  The putting  surface  is surrounded  by four  pot  bunkers and  shaved
chipping  areas,  putting a premium  on accuracy, as  you try for that closing

FINAL  WORD:  This is  vintage Jack  Nicklaus. No  it's not Muirfield Village,
Shoal Creek or Castle Pines, this is resort golf at its best.

Let's  start at the top. Well manicured fairways and tees, sculptured bunkers,
numerous  water  hazards, waterfront views  of Indian  River Bay and a relaxed
atmosphere,  unlike  the stuffy feeling of  those old private clubs. What more
could one ask for?

Still  in the  works is the clubhouse,  which will overlook the ninth and 18th
greens.  It  will include both men's  and women's locker rooms, a well-stocked
pro  shop, dining  facilities and  of course,  a dedicated  staff, managed  by
world-renowned Troon Golf.

Even more appealing, is that the course is for all types of players. Four sets
of  tees,  ranging from 5,200  to over 7,300  yards. Generous fairways for the
average  player,  and yet, quite  a challenge  for the single-digit golfer. If
it's  just practice  you want, the warm-up facility is a perfect complement to
the course, complete with chipping and putting areas.

The  Peninsula,  however is  more than  just golf. Just  some of the amenities
afforded  to  the membership include, a  Tennis Center with stadium seating, a
state-of-the-art  Athletic  Club,  the  Calmwater Spa,  Nature  &  Exploration
Center, walking and biking trails, and a Kayak Center and fishing pier.

The "Peace de Resistance" however, has to be Lakeside Village. The centerpiece
of  The  Peninsula, this family-oriented epicenter, features dining, shopping,
luscious  landscaping and  cascading fountains and a soon-to-be opened Gourmet

Lakeside  Village is  also home to a  Fresh Water Wave Lagoon, complete with a
waterslide and sandy beach, not to mention indoor and outdoor pools.

When  complete,  The Peninsula will feature  a 1,400 home community of villas,
condominiums,  townhouses and  spacious  homesites. Even  more appealing,  The
Peninsula  is just two hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia
and  only minutes  away  from Rehoboth  and Bethany  beaches  and Ocean  City,

Nicklaus  and  developer Larry Goldstein  have struck  pay dirt with the first
exclusive  golf community  in  Delaware. It  comes as  no  surprise that  it's
already  been ranked  as the second-best golf course in the state of Delaware,
less than a year after opening.

Aesthetically   pleasing,  impeccable  conditions,  sweet  rolling  greens,  a
challenging  layout  and world-class  amenities, what more  could a player ask