Old Corkscrew Golf Club - greens
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - greens
Old Corkscrew Golf Club, despite playing as long as 7,400 yards from the back tees, is mostly known for its green complexes. Courtesy of Old Corkscrew Golf Club
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 2
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 2
The second hole at Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a short par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 3
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 3
The par-5 third hole at Old Corkscrew Golf Club can play as long as 575 yards to a peninsula green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 4
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 4
The short par-4 fourth hole at Old Corkscrew Golf Club is reachable off the tee, but there's lots of trouble in the way. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 5
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 5
The fifth hole at Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a moderate-length par 4 with a slightly raised green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - holes 11 and 12
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - holes 11 and 12
The 11th and 12th greens share a water hazard at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 17
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 17
The 17th hole at Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a short par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 15
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 15
The 15th hole is the last of four par 5s at Old Corkscrew Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - trouble
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - trouble
Old Corkscrew Golf Club has plenty of waste bunkers and water hazards to navigate. Courtesy of Old Corkscrew Golf Club
Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 14
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Old Corkscrew Golf Club - hole 14
The par-4 14th hole at Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a dogleg left. Courtesy of Old Corkscrew Golf Club

Scenic, natural and tough: Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Florida

ESTERO, Fla. -- One of southwest Florida's most demanding and natural golf courses is Old Corkscrew Golf Club , located in Lee County, just south of Fort Myers.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed course, set on 275 scenic acres, opened in 2007. With no development attached to the property, golfers can count on total tranquility -- and they'll need it, because Old Corkscrew has teeth.

Playing 7,393 yards from the championship tees, Old Corkscrew has a peak slope/rating of 77.6/153, making it one of Florida's toughest courses for low handicaps. There are five tee sets here, so choose accordingly.

While playing corridors and fairways are mostly quite generous, the green complexes make up much of the challenge at Old Corkscrew. For example, while the blue tees are a 146 slope, the white tees -- despite playing more than 300 yards less -- are still a 144. The greens are contoured and often surrounded with trouble in the form of deep bunkers or water hazards.

Nicklaus also has a habit of creating risk-reward par-5 green complexes that jut out into water (employed on three of the four par 5s). Those aren't the only risk-reward opportunities at Old Corkscrew, however.

Perhaps the most fun hole on the course is the short par-4 fourth, which has a fairway littered with bunkers. Those who play straight toward the green will have to carry traps and avoid water to the left, but a well-played shot has its rewards with a much easier chip onto the green than those who bail out to the right.

Old Corkscrew has a small clubhouse with a pro shop and grill that has a good lunch menu. The practice facility is a good one, with multiple greens and a large driving range.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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