Dunedin Stirling Links' 18 par 3 holes sprawl across 27 acres of Scottish links-style fairways. Whereas a typical links course has few trees, this one is lined with pines and palms, blocking the wind from knocking shots off course and blowing up kilts. The course is short overall—its longest hole is just 163 yards—welcoming novice golfers and giving experienced players a chance to hone their short games. What the course lacks in length, it makes up for in challenging shots—the 10th, 17th, and 18th tee shots must each clear water hazards. Golfers can work toward improving their personal best at the practice facility, complete with a lighted driving range for evening repetitions and a 4,000-square-foot putting green. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 54 course * Total length of 2,264 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Carved into the natural landscape of the wetlands, Lansbrook Golf Club has been a favorite amongst golfers since opening in 1975 for its variety of layout challenges. A framework of trees and tall cypress hugs the course's tight fairways, and not a single parallel fairway means every shot requires a bit of ingenuity. As if that weren't enough, water comes into play on 16 holes, forcing players to either select their clubs carefully or outfit their balls with snorkels. Fans of the Masters may get a kick from the 11th hole, too, which is reminiscent of the 16th hole at Augusta National.
Away from the links, Lansbrook punctuates visits with a meticulously maintained practice facility. It features a large grass teeing ground, a chipping green with a sand bunker, and a putting green.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,846 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course rating of 73.3 * Course slope of 131 * Click here to view the scorecard
After a $1.8 million makeover in 2007, Largo Golf Course invites visitors to meander through its fairways and experience FootGolf. The course includes 8 par 5s, 1 par 4, and 9 par 3s, adding up to a total distance of 3,700 yards. The game combines soccer with golf and is played with a regulation soccer ball. The holes are typically shorter than regular golf holes, with 21-inch diameter cups adjacent to the standard cups.
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The course at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club finds itself among storied company as a signature design of famous architect Donald Ross, who sculpted such legendary courses as Pinehurst No. 2 and Seminole Golf Club. Built in 1925, the 18-hole layout features the hallmarks of a classic Ross course, including narrow fairways and strategically placed obstacles that force players to rely on accuracy as opposed to distance or telekinetic irons. In order to play to the course par of 71, golfers must avoid numerous water hazards and bunkers en route to greens made of Tiff Eagle bermuda grass, each meticulously mown to roll true. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,614 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole