At West End Golf Club, the 3,940-yard executive golf course, driving range, and putting green are all fully lit, allowing players to tee it up during the day or night. Scott Dombeck oversees the pro shop, which has been arming golfers with equipment from brands such as TaylorMade, Ping, and Wilson for more than 30 years. The shop also helps golfers shave strokes with custom club repair, private and group golf instruction, and associations for men and women.
Meadowbrook Golf Club's 72-hole championship course, designed by acclaimed golf course architect Steve Smyers, is a picturesque playing field that appeals to golfers of all skill levels. Enjoy 18 holes of golf and greenery with today's deal, weaving in and around the course's rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, and running streams. Tee-totalers in a time crunch can haul clubs quickly and efficiently by zipping around in a rental power cart, instead of mailing them to the back nine.
Rainbow's End Golf Club's nine-hole fairway chain rolls across 2,883 yards for a par-36 layout. Rounds begin with a 445-yard par 5, where a drive that bisects the tree-lined corridor should set up a favorable opportunity to glue another birdie-celebrating rhinestone on your putter. A relatively open and player-friendly layout, the bulk of the course's difficulty stems from 50 feet of overall elevation changes, which can set up tricky shots toward downhill or elevated targets. The club also encompasses a driving range and a pro shop that offers golf equipment, apparel, and club repair for shafts snapped in frustration about unfulfilling TV series finales.
Course at a Glance:
Boasting an 18-hole championship-style golf course and a golf school helmed by experienced professionals, Country Club of Orange Park helps duffers hone swings on and off the course. Cure chronic slices or the putting yips with the help of former PGA Tour pro Charles Raulerson and assistant instructor David Ven Vertloh. During small-group lessons of less than 10 students, Charles focuses on the simplistic but crucial elements of posture, alignment, and technique to help pupils on their path to mastering the subtle art-science of the golf swing. Charles also draws from a professional career that included three PGA Championship berths, several International Tour victories, and earning global renown for matching plaid with argyle.
Tree Tops Golf curates competitive fun and practice at a sprawling facility that encompasses a driving range, a miniature golf course, and batting cages. Airborne golf shots take flight at the driving range, where grass tees appeal to those who prefer a natural feel and artificial hitting mats cater to prima donna pitching wedges that demand a perfect lie every time.
A canopy of vibrant palms forms cool shadows over the 18-hole mini-golf course as putters tap orbs across a winding circuit of artificial turf lined with brick rails and rocky outcrops. Two Iron Mike pitching machines lob high-arching, slow-pitch softballs in two batting cages, helping batters to prepare for their next opportunity to ruin a water-balloon-toss competition.
Nestled in the scenic shadows of the Smoky Mountains, Bent Creek Golf Course's 18-hole layout stretches across 6,182 yards of fairways that rise and fall among rolling foothills and pristine valleys. Golf legend and course designer Gary Player made deft use of a babbling mountain stream by running it through the course and seamlessly uniting two distinct nines: a front nine that sprawls across the valley floor and a back nine that roams the hilly mountainside like a forlorn sasquatch. The overall effect is a course that does justice to both the sheer scope of the rising peaks with bottom-up views and the panoramic splendor of Great Smoky Mountains National Park when seen from the cresting hilltops of the back-nine. The inventive layout is perhaps best characterized by the 11th hole, a 362-yard par 4 where a 90-degree dogleg-left plays into a green completely surrounded by the creek's rippling waters. A blend of bent and bermuda grasses grows resiliently for golfers striving to play all year-round, and fragrant wildflowers blossom at every tee to warm the hearts of world-weary nine-irons.
Bent Creek bolsters the pin-hunting prowess of its golfers with a staff of PGA-certified instructors that conducts lessons and presides over the domain of their full-service pro shop. A practice putting green helps players trim their score by reading dicey slopes, and the Creek Side Grill hosts postround revelry and community gatherings to decry the historical hardships of the mashie niblick.:m]]
At the tee box on Cimarrone Golf Club's 12th hole, golfers face a dilemma: play a drive safely out to the right—where, at worst, the ball may stray into the rough—or attempt an aggressive shot over the water on the hole's left side, cutting off much of the dogleg and setting up a closer approach. With multiple bending fairways, deep bunkers, and a water hazard or marsh feature on every hole, the 18-hole, 6,891-yard course presents high-risk, high-reward scenarios at nearly every turn, delighting golfers who like to live dangerously and favoring those whose sand wedge moonlights as an actuary.
Before rounds, golfers can warm up swings at the club's driving range, a much-needed confidence booster before taking to the water-laden course or betting that they can outdrive the staff's resident T-shirt cannon.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Placed in the top 10 among the nation's new golf courses by Golfweek and Travel + Leisure Golf, Sugarloaf Mountain sends golfers up and down elevation changes of more than 250 feet. The design by Coore & Crenshaw—Crenshaw, as in 1984 Masters winner Ben Crenshaw—takes advantage of the site's natural characteristics, wandering through verdant oak forests and at one point reaching the highest point in the state. The designers were so loyal to the landscape that they even decided to use native sand in the bunkers rather than trucking in moon dust.
Chiefland Golf & Country Club has invited players to rain iron approaches and dig up divots on its 18-hole course since 1974. The par-72 course stretches to a distance of 6,495 yards, which is short enough to keep novices coming back but long enough to give more skilled players plenty of time to really get to know a new gopher headcover.
Bermuda grass carpets the 18-hole course at Marion Oaks Country Club, but not all bermuda grasses are made the same. The club's grounds crew has gone the extra yard on all 7,031 yards, landscaping putting surfaces with a strain of grass that allows for a more predictable ball roll. Upon completion of a round, players can retire to the clubhouse, where they'll find a screened-in patio and a pro shop stocked with irons, woods, and argyle face paint.
A sprawling par 72 championship golf course challenges golfers to traverse its bermuda-grass greens and fairways. The course includes several elevation changes and provides sterling views of Ocala and its surroundings along the way. Novice golfers can brush up on their game with instruction from the club's golf pros, and experienced players can stock up on balls and apparel at the pro shop or refuel at the snack bar after their round.
The 27 holes that comprise Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club sweep across a 1,000-acre tract of Clay County rife with wildlife and picturesque forests of oak, pine, and magnolia. The three par-36 sides feature no parallel fairways, meaning golfers seldom worry about hitting other groups or face the temptation to joust with oncoming carts on adjacent fairways. As golfers tick off strokes, they may spot local wildlife such as deer, alligators, and waterfowl frolicking about in their natural domain. In 2006, the USGA elected to hold its final qualifying tournament for the U.S. Amateur at Magnolia Point, drawn to its scenic layout, challenging play, and abundance of bird informants who keep an eye out for unwarranted mulligans.
Course at a Glance: * Three nine-hole sides * Maximum 18-hole length of 6,796 yards * Five sets of tees per hole * See the scorecard
From 1998 to 2003, Eagle Ridge Golf Club bloomed from its original 18 holes into the 36-hole gem that it is today. Each 9-hole layout showcases the artistry of course designer Terry Doss, who carved the fairways through ponds and wetlands surrounded by the diverse population of trees. All four nines measure between 3,400 and 3,500 yards from the tips, so they can be played interchangeably to make for comparable 18-hole experiences. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at the driving range or head to the practice green to get a feel for how well to lather up the ball before putting.
Named one of the state’s top ten courses by GolfFlorida.com and the top New Affordable Public Golf Course by Golf Digest, El Diablo Golf and Country Club treats club-wielding contestants to a 7,045-yard stretch of challenging golf set amid an omnipresent forest of oak and pine. As players check off holes on their leafy sojourn, they’ll also encounter course architect Jim Fazio’s barrage of challenges, which range from extremely fast greens – never registering less than a 9.5 on the Stimpmeter – to deep bunkers filled with Floridian sand. Though the greens are speedy and will punish too-bold rolls, they nonetheless exhibit an underlying softness, helping each iron approach hit, stick, or even stop for a nap within feet of the cup.