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Florida’s first reversible 9-hole golf course opens, part of $8 million facelift

STUART, Florida — Shirley English’s Friday golf games at the Martin County Golf Course had paused for about a year after the property closed for an $8.2 million facelift.

After pivoting to the Shores of North River Golf Club north of the Roosevelt Bridge, the Stuart resident returned Monday morning to the newly named Sailfish Sands Golf Course on Southeast St. Lucie Boulevard.

She was one of the first players to test out the first reversible 9-hole course in the state.

“It was really fun and really beautiful,” English, 90, said. “We were used to the old course. This is different, but it’s very nice.”

The county debuted the 60-acre course, which alternates weekly between clockwise and counterclockwise directions, as the first phase of renovations alongside a driving range with ball-tracing technology. Both routes have a variety of par 3s, 4s and 5s with five sets of tee boxes at each hole for varying skill levels.

English and her peers were one of about 25 groups who reserved tee times Monday for the course, which takes about two hours to finish.

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