Shots of all caliber soar above a landscape of well-kept fairways lined with palm trees, cypress trees, and australian pine trees at Magnolia Valley Golf Club’s 18-hole, 6,600-yard course. The par 72 layout challenges golfers and evokes an appreciation for nature with sweeping views and flagsticks that recite transcendentalist poems. Before taking to the course, golfers can warm up swing muscles at the driving range, hone putting strokes at the practice green, or fuel up with food and drinks at the bar and grill. In addition to its championship layout, Magnolia Valley features a par 33 executive course for players looking to squeeze in a round before the sun sets and their golf bag turns back into a pumpkin.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,600 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.2 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees * Five tee options
At Wentworth Golf Club, golfers are treated to two distinct modes of golf course design within one 18-hole layout. The front nine showcases a classic parkland setting, complete with towering forests of pine, oak, and cypress trees. Play opens up significantly as players make the turn, where they emerge from the woods and embark on a back nine that bears more resemblance to the traditional links courses found in Scotland. The course bunkering is another feature that resembles golf's birthplace, as more than 100 bunkers litter the course and give players plenty of opportunities to scrawl letters of encouragement for golfers behind them in the sand.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,459 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 144 from the back tees * Link to scorecard
Silver Dollar Golf Club’s 18-hole course is designed to challenge both beginning backswingers and golf gurus. Focus on fundamentals and follow-throughs as you and a friend vehemently cart around fairway bunkers and traverse through the well-manicured course. Water hazards and majestic trees surround the sprawling course, making precision a crucial factor in preventing mulligan malpractice lawsuits.
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
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
The course at Plantation Palms Golf Club slithers among numerous water hazards and over an incessant barrage of elevation changes, keeping golfers on their toes. David Harman orchestrated the links-style layout to tangle with the natural lay of the land and added his own flourishes in the form of large, white sand bunkers and gently billowing greens.
Players make swift acquaintance with local difficulties on a par 5 first hole that stretches 561 yards from the back tees. Elsewhere on the front nine, two par 3s measure 198 yards and 221 yards, calling on golfers to exhibit distance and accuracy or the ability to hypnotize opponents into believing they just saw a hole in one. Plantation Palms' on-site restaurant, the Oasis Bar & Grill, is open to the public and has a menu that features items such as a grilled mango fish sandwich and the Plantation Palms club sandwich.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,824 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73.4 from the back tees
Course slope of 139 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole