Snuggled among 35 acres of wild flowers, old-growth trees, and verdant greenery, Country Oaks Golf Course delights divot diggers with a slew of scenic yet challenging holes. The course, full of narrow fairways and strategically located greens, rewards golfers' accurate drives and skillful approach shots with the ability to speak French. Errant whacks may land in Country Oaks' treacherous water obstacles, tree stands, and sand traps, while the undulating terrain demands subtle reads as players prepare their shots. Golf carts are included, allowing players to save their energy for more important tasks, such as retrieving errant shots, showing off on the driving range, or forging unused clubs into a mega club at the course's 3,500-square-foot clubhouse.
Designed by the late Dean Refram, a former PGA Tour pro and course architect who worked with Arnold Palmer, The Golf Club at Summerbrooke's 18-hole, par 72 course bounds over a diverse landscape of rolling hills, dense groves of trees, and waterways and ravines. Measuring 6,845 yards from the farthest tees, the course begins with a relatively open, par 4 first hole, graciously letting duffers find their groove before hitting into tighter fairways and treacherous tree lines. An 80-foot-deep ravine surrounds the green of the par 3 15th, which marks the beginning of the three-hole Contemplation Corner, a climactic gauntlet that challenges clubbers with forced carries, bottomless ravines, and burbling water hazards. A relaxing finishing hole, the par 5 18th settles the nerves, letting golfers swing freely as their pin-hunting odyssey draws to a close.
Course at a Glance:
Golfers drive, chip, and putt their way across Hilaman Golf Course, a 30-year-old, par 72 layout that spans 6,333 yards of player-friendly terrain. On most holes, players look out onto wide, unobstructed fairways that invite them to swing freely with their driver or steer their golf cart blindfolded. Water comes into play on multiple holes—a small pond sits directly in front of the fourth green, and holes 11–16 strategically wrap around two large water hazards to make the back nine slightly more challenging. The course complements its 18 holes with a restaurant that serves up sandwiches and salads, a driving range for golfers to hone their game, and four tennis courts where players can learn how to hit short irons off of asphalt.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,33 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.7 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
Originally sculpted into the landscape in 1956 and renovated in 1998, Jake Gaither Golf Course invites golfers to launch golf balls into lower orbit from Tifway 419 Bermudagrass fairways onto contoured Tifdwarf greens. Players encounter a meandering stream and 12 sand traps as they make their way through all nine holes of the Sonny Hay design, strategically placed to lure stray golf balls and any golfer who mistakes his putter for a metal detector. Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,109 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 127 from the back tees
The par 3 executive course and two-tiered driving range at Cross Creek grant golfers of all ages and abilities ample space to perfect swings and short-game finesse. Nine crenshaw bentgrass greens allow for a relatively brisk round that frees up the rest of the day for polishing drivers and watering divot gardens.
Though the short layout makes play a relatively stress-free affair, water borders many of the bermuda-grass fairways and frequently swallows up errant shots. Both the course and the driving range feature overhead lights that click on once the sun goes down, allowing for evening excursions around the course or late practice sessions on the range's mat and grass hitting areas.
Although comparable in length and difficulty, River Pointe Golf Club's front and back nines present two distinct challenges. The front eases golfers into the round with a traditional layout interspersed with only occasional water hazards. The second act could be traversed as easily by canoe as it is by cart. Built around wetlands, the back puts water into play on the majority of holes, where golfers will often catch views of passing alligators, turkeys, foxes, and other wildlife.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,919 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 136 from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard