"If you haven't heard about the Origins Course, it's a (Davis) Love Golf Design that's a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a 10-hole par-3 layout through the use of alternate tee boxes and auxiliary greens. Love's mission? Make golf more fun, accessible and attractive to families, beginners and casual golfers..."
- Golfdom Chip Shots
The Origins Course – a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a ten-hole par 3 layout through the use of alternate tee boxes and auxiliary greens – was designed and built with the "short course” concept at its core. The mission: make golf more fun, accessible and attractive to families, beginners and casual golfers. Via its non-penal design and manageable distance (approximately 1,800 yards) the Origins Course both appeals and caters to novices. Yet its regulation-length holes and greens dimensions provide enough challenge and strategy to retain the interest of avid and experienced players. The name, derived from the course’s eminently walkable routing, is an overt nod to the traditional origins of the game. The course was designed by Love Golf Design, founded by PGA Tour player and PGA Champion Davis Love III in the late 90s. Known for designing traditional golf courses with classical elements, Love Design and St. Joe share a commitment to creating golf experiences that are interesting, enjoyable and challenging.
Said Love III about the Origins Course:
"Our company strives to stay connected to the roots of the game. The very origin of the game of golf revolved around a community recreational activity that could be enjoyed by everyone. At WaterSound we have the opportunity to re-create that atmosphere in a way that will hopefully provide enjoyment for all who call this community home.”
In keeping with St. Joe’s commitment to environmental sensitivity and preservation, the Origins Course is turfed with "SeaIsle Supreme Paspalum,” developed at the University of Georgia. Paspalum came from Africa on ships to America, specifically South Carolina, where the grass was dumped into the harbor and along the shores. It started to grow on the shore banks and over time adapted to the salt water and became salt tolerant. Key benefits of Paspalum are it requires fewer chemicals for weed and pest control, making it one of the world’s most environmentally friendly turfs.