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The par-3 16th hole on Oak Marsh at Omni Amelia Island Plantation jump starts a fantastic three-hole finish. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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More wetland protects the 18th green on the Oak Marsh golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Bunkers block the route to the second green on the Oak Marsh golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Oak Marsh G.C. - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 6th
Water and a waste bunkers keep players honest on the sixth hole of Oak Marsh at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Oak Marsh G.C. - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 7th
Bail out right, if you must, on the par-3 seventh hole of the Oak Marsh golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Oak Marsh G.C. - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 8th
A water hazard dissects the eighth fairway of the Oak Marsh golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Oak Marsh G.C. - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 9th
Wetland runs up the right side of the par-5 ninth of Oak Marsh at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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The narrow first green on the Oak Marsh Course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation sits behind a pond. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Finish strong on the scenic Oak Marsh golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort in northeast Florida

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- When comparing Oak Marsh to Ocean Links, it's the marsh versus the beach at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort.

While the five beach holes of Ocean Links are sensational, the marsh holes on Oak Marsh are almost as good. A young Pete Dye built the 6,500-yard Oak Marsh Course in 1972 just after finishing the famed Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Oak Marsh shows signs of Dye's handiwork. There are 14 holes featuring water or wetland. The largest marsh comes into play on four excellent holes. The par-5 ninth runs along its northern shore. The daunting three finishing holes are across the way. A crosswind makes the par-3 16th hole a brute that requires a 171-yard knockdown shot over the marsh and a deep front bunker.

The most difficult hole of the day comes next, the 441-yard 17th hole with wetland up the entire left side. Risk accompanies the 523-yard, par-5 finishing hole. To reach the green in two, bombers must carry the wetland; one final dramatic encounter with the hazard that defines the whole round.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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Finish strong on the scenic Oak Marsh golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort in northeast Florida