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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.