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.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Total length of 7,045 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 75.3 from the back tees
* Course slope of 147 from the back tees
* Four sets of tees per hole
The nine holes of Point O' Woods Golf Club cluster around a single elongated lake, so water is never far from the golf balls?and minds?of players on this par 30 course. What the course lacks in yardage, par 5 holes, and surprise trap doors it makes up for in scenery, dominated by rolling emerald hills and aquatic wildlife. Its emphasis on the short game makes it a prime spot for seasoned golfers to work on touch around the greens and novices to make a smooth foray into the game by focusing on its most important facets: putting and building a smooth stroke.
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:
Nine-hole, par-36 course
Length of 2,883 yards from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 102 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Link to scorecard
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.
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.