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GOLFER’S GUIDE Central Florida Edition C

November/December 2010

Grande Pines Golf Club Central Florida’s Most Dynamic Golf Course

Hunter’s Creek A Favorite Vacation Location

Also Inside: Local News, Maps and Directories

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t is beginning to feel a lot like golf season in Central Florida. The cooler weather is beckoning us to the links and this issue of Golfer’s Guide is your guide to a season full of great golf! Grande Pines Golf Club, located in the shadow of Sea World in the heart of Orlando just off International Drive, is our November/December cover story beginning on page 8. Grande Pines offers great challenge for the accomplished golfer while not proving too penal for the novice or higher handicapper. Also home to the Faldo Institute by Marriott, Grande Pines aims to challenge and stimulate golfers of every level. Our January/February cover story features Eagle Creek Golf Club. Eagle Creek is located just two miles off Hwy 417 and 11 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. At Eagle Creek, golfers will experience firm and fast greens, friendly service, and you will enjoy true Scottish golf. The club’s attention to environmental details has resulted in inclusion among the Audubon Society’s International Silver Signature Courses. Read about this fabulous facility beginning on page 14. Hunter’s Creek Golf Club boasts 18 funfilled holes of golf, featuring five sets of tees ranging from just under 5,000 yards to a daunting 7,268 yards. Their story begins on page 26. Enjoy this beautiful time of year and make the most of every day on the links!

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Contents

Grande Pines Golf Club Pg. 8 8

Eagle Creek Golf Club Pg. 14

Grande Pines Golf Club Visually enticing and strategically demanding, Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club is one of Central Florida’s most dynamic places to play. The layout is a mesmerizing mix of long and short holes complemented by world-class service.

14 Eagle Creek Golf Club By not overseeding the summer Bermuda with winter rye, Eagle Creek gives you a taste of Scottish-links golf, with dry, hard and fast fairways and firm greens.

19 Feature Courses Our guide to many of the courses that have made Central Florida as much a golf destination as one for the parks.

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26 Hunter’s Creek Minutes from the Disney attractions and Orlando International Airport, award-winning Hunter’s Creek is a “must play” during a visit to the Magic Kingdom.

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59 Accommodations Golfers do not live by tee times alone. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the area’s off-course hospitality.

64 Area Maps/Directory We’ll help you find the courses and the best way to get there.

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Bold and Beautiful

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efore Steve Smyers and his architectural team softened the course, Orlando’s Grande Pines Golf Club developed a reputation as a punishing track. Bunkers were seemingly unavoidable and tufts of wispy native grasses served as final resting places for wayward shots. The club’s slick, sloping greens were as difficult to read as an article on the intricacies of the credit default swap. The 2003 re-design that would eventually earn Grande Pines the distinction of

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Marriott Golf property of the year (2008) removed bunkers, widened landing strips, dialed back native areas and installed doglegs. The inherent qualities of the layout remained intact, but the course became much more playable. While Grande Pines is less daunting now, it continues to be a stern test of shot-making ability. And while they roll true, those greens still take some getting used to. A new maintenance practice will only magnify the improvements at Grande

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Grande Pines is Central Florida’s Most Dynamic Layout Pines, cementing its status as a “must play” for the coming season. ason. Grande Pines will be doing its first-ever ever full tee-to-green rye and Poa overseed,, and is expected to be in all-time form for the start of 2011. Grande Pines has more tree-lined fairways than a typical Florida course, and visually imitates a more forested setup you’d find in North Carolina. As the upscale resort course enters a new decade, this Marriott masterpiece is arguably the most dynamic layout in FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Central Florida. Aesthetically pleasing and well-kept green complexes are the hallmark of the design. Many greens are guarded by deep bunkers, water features or both, and narrow, elevated openings leave little or no room for error. Placement is also at a premium. A number of the smooth, pristine putting surfaces have multiple tiers. If your approach comes to a stop in the wrong section of a green, two-putting becomes a

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difficult proposition. Overall yardage from the back tees is listed at 7,012, but Grande Pines tends to feel shorter if you can take advantage of the angles and shortcuts available to you. Driver is not a must on every hole. In fact, some fairways on short par 4s won’t hold a tee shot struck purely depending on the tee box you’re hitting from. A unique mixture of short and medium length par 4s keeps the golfer’s mind sharp throughout the round. On the front side there are two par 4s – Nos. 3 and 7 –

that measure less than 350 yards from the tee, but present winding doglegs to deal with. By contrast, the front nine features three holes that exceed 400 yards, including the striking 429-yard 6th that features a bend to the left and a sizeable greenside lake. Like the front, the second nine wastes little time showing off the goods that keep golfers coming back to Grande Pines. Rated as the second toughest hole on the course, the 551-yard par-5 11th is certainly a classic. Water looms on the right side for the duration of this true three-shot par 5, putting more value on accuracy than 10

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length. A birdie is possible if you can leave yourself with a short approach and avoid the water and bunker fronting the green. The remainder of the back nine is highlighted by a trio of par 4s – the 14th, 16th and 18th – that will test every aspect of your game from driver to flat stick. All three measure over 435 yards from the back tees, and feature severe doglegs and require deft approach shots to challenging greens. Thankfully, a pair of quality par 3s break up this stretch of impressive par 4s, providing golfers with a brief respite before the next challenge arrives. The ability to draw the ball from right to left, and cut it back left to right is always a valuable skill. It can be the difference between a routine green hit in regulation and a difficult up-and-down out of a sandy grave at Grande Pines. At its core, Grande Pines is a thinking man’s golf course where potential problem areas are more likely to be visited by aggressive players. Calculating a proper game plan and deciphering the quick, well-contoured greens necessitates patience and repeat play. “It’s a course that has to be played and studied and understood,” Smyers told the Lakeland Ledger when Grande Pines reopened in 2003. “You’re not supposed to get it the first time around.” “The idea was to not make the course too tough off the tee with forced carries and length, but to create a golf course where you really had to place your ball,”

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said Grande Pines Director of Golf Andy Mitchell. “The course is entirely out in front of you, but there are places on every hole you simply can’t hit the ball and not pay a price.” Smyers, who teamed with player consultant Nick Faldo at Grande Pines, has built outstanding layouts from the heartland of the U.S. to Australia, but he’s saved some of his best work for his home state of Florida. In addition to Grande Pines, which was known as International Golf Club before he got a hold of it, Smyers is the architect of record for the award-winning Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club in Haines City and Old Memorial in Tampa. He also revitalized prestigious Isleworth Golf and Country Club. Grande Pines has kept its promise to preserve and protect the environmental integrity of the land it was built upon. You’ll notice unaltered marsh and native areas as you move from one hole to the next. This eco-friendly approach was celebrated in 2007 when the course earned Audubon Certification through the Audubon Coop-

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erative Sanctuary Program for golf courses. Golfers staying at the doorstep of Disney will discover that Grande Pines is a quick and painless commute. The golf club is located just down the road from Sea World off of International Drive. Four sets of tees give beginners a chance to play Grande Pines, and all golf carts are equipped with GPS systems that give real time yardage readings. You can even order lunch from the comfort of your cart and have it ready, warm and waiting as you make the turn. Those looking to take their game to the next level should check out the Faldo Golf Institute across the road from Grande Pines. The premier golf instruction outfit has programs to match each player’s skill level and desired goals. Applying expertise matched to your game, the institute caters to elite players, new players and everyone in between. For more information on Grande Pines Golf Club, the Faldo Golf Institute, current specials and rates or to book a package, special program or tee time, visit www. grandepines.com or call (407) 239-6909.

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Grande Pines Golf Club

Redesigned by Steve Smyers, Grande Pines is Orlando’s finest “new” golf course.

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rande Pines Golf Club, which re-opened in 2004, Orlando, FL Orange County has established itself as a “must play” for visitors to Central Florida. Voted one of “America’s Best Resort (407) 239-6909 www.grandepines.com Courses” by Golfweek magazine, this 18-hole championship AMENITIES gem is also highly desired by the locals, offering up a distin• TaylorMade Rentals • Adidas Rental Shoes guished experience every time it’s played. Grande Pines was • Lockers and Showers available designed to challenge the inner champion in every golfer and • Prolink GPS will cater to the boldest of players, while still offering options • Full-Service Restaurant • Full-Service Bar at every turn for the more conservative player. • Earn Marriott Reward Points • Expert Instruction by the Faldo Nestled among sparkling lakes, towering pines and Golf Institute flourishing palms, Grande Pines was recently certified as • 3-Day, 7-Day and Annual Memberships an “Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.” Not to forgo a single • Juniors Play and Rent for Free ounce of quality, the course boasts the latest TifEagle and Program • Military Discounts Year-Round Tif-Sport grasses. You’ll also find the latest collection of top • Located One Mile South of Sea name brand merchandise and equipment in the golf shop, World Off International Drive and the clubhouse offers breakfast or lunch with full bar ser- • Call for Current Specials STATISTICS vice from the Greenside Grille which overlooks the 9th and Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope 7012 74.3 140 18th green. With its picturesque setting, strategic challenges, Black Green 6612 72.2 135 and a staff that is committed to excellence, it’s no wonder Gold 6070 69.6 133 White 5418 71.6 126 why Grande Pines was voted 2009 “Property of the Year” 12 Map Key Number amongst Marriott Golf’s entire portfolio. 12

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Eagle Creek Golf Club

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agle Creek Golf Club is a spectacular Orlando course with a European flair that opened to rave reviews. Central Florida’s only par-73 championship course with five par 5s, Eagle Creek sports a unique Scottish experience that will require all your imagination. This designated Audubon International Silver Signature Course is also Florida’s first to use Mini Verde grass, delivering exceptionally fast and vibrant greens. State-ofthe-art Precedent golf carts all feature Parview GPS. Eagle Creek’s vintage New England Manor style clubhouse offers a full-service pro shop, 120-seat restaurant, banquet facilities, plus locker rooms with showers. Five-Star tournament service creates the ultimate experience and convenience for groups seeking a higher standard of play. Eagle Creek is also home to The Graves Golf Academy. With its nearby location to Orlando International Airport, Eagle Creek has quickly earned the reputation for Home of the delivering “The Best Round for Last!” Graves Golf Academy

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Orlando, FL Orange County (407) 273-Golf (4653) www.eaglecreekgolf.info RATES Please call the Pro Shop for current rates. STATISTICS Par: 73 Black White Yellow Blue Red (L)

Yards Rating Slope 7198 74.2 130 6857 72.5 128 6407 70.4 122 5929 68.3 115 5324 69.4 124

PERSONNEL Architects ............................. Ron Garl Howard Swan General Mgr. .............. Tony Crawford Superintendent ........Josh Czarnecki Director of Golf .......... Lance Reaves Merchandise Mgr ....Larissa Knott-Scott

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Eagle Creek Golf Club Orlando’s True Scottish Golf Experience

Picture this: The breezes are blowing across Central Florida (aren’t they always?), but unlike other courses in the area, Eagle Creek is firm and fast, with Scottish-style revetted bunkers between you and the pin 40 yards away. You shape a bump-and-run shot within three feet and drain the putt to get into your buddy’s wallet. You’ve just experienced something you’ll find nowhere else in the Orlando area, the true Scottish golf experience of Eagle Creek Golf Club, located just southeast of Orlando International Airport. From the moment you arrive inside the gates at Eagle Creek and are greeted by the Union Jack flying alongside Old Glory, you know you’re in for a unique round. By the time you leave, you’ll likely

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have not only used every club in your bag, but something even more important, your imagination. For Eagle Creek offers a challenge nobody else in Central Florida can, or will. By not overseeding the summer Bermuda with winter rye, Eagle Creek gives you a taste of Scottishlinks golf, with dry, hard and fast fairways and firm greens. At Eagle Creek, brown is beautiful. Oh, the folks at Eagle Creek aren’t just letting the sheep roam a dormant course for the winter. It’ll still be immaculately manicured, the greens cut to exacting specifications and the sodstacked bunkers groomed as smoothly as any course anywhere. But Eagle Creek thought you might enjoy the challenges of the great links courses of Scotland and

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Ireland, without the hassle of the trip overseas. You’ll certainly hit your drives longer, you’ll play an entirely different game, on a course that’s got a lot of character, but won’t beat you up. And when the day is over, you’ll probably have more stories to tell your friends about the unique, and fun round of golf you just played. And isn’t that what the game is all about? The “game” at one of the country’s only par-73 layouts has always been distinctive, a European/American design of Floridian Ron Garl and Englishman Howard Swan, exemplified by the final hole. It

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was originally designed as a long par 4 with a lake behind the green and a shaved area behind that saved for lawn bowling, croquet and the like in front of the clubhouse to complete the European theme. During construction, course owner Peter Emerson Jones had the brainstorm to move the green behind the lake and make the hole a fabulous 535-yard risk-reward par 5. That forcedcarry finish over a coquina rock bulkhead ended up costing Jones $250,000 to

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reconfigure the hole, but the “extra” par 5 that brings the course to its signature par73 has created more than that in “buzz,” much of it from the players in the Belfry restaurant that now overlooks the green, where the advice to “lay-up” or “go for it” flows freely. You think former Gator Chris DiMarco laid up when he set the course record of 63? Maybe DiMarco’s success with the European flavor at Eagle Creek was a precursor to his great run at the British Open? Eagle Creek is also the first course Central Florida to install Mini Verde grass on its greens, a strain designed to hold up better under the stress of the Florida climate. And when tightly-mown, the Mini Verde greens run better than 10 on the Stimpmeter. For a course known for the playability of its par 5s, the par 3s, as a group, might affect your score more. Three of the four are handicapped among the 12 toughest holes on the course, because they’re all over 170 yards even from the mid-handicap yellow tees. The 11th is home to much of what makes Eagle Creek distinctive, a waste area trimmed by native grasses near the tee and a large green guarded by a trio of Swan’s sod-stacked bunkers, manicured to give you brick wall-like feeling of denial. Among Garl’s signature bunker complexes (there are 98 bunkers at Eagle 16

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Creek, not counting the waste areas) are sets of cross-bunkers on two of the par 5s and a combination of four revetted bunkers in the front of the par-4 14th green. Has it worked? Course critics, professionals in the golf industry, and most importantly, players like you, continue to add to the accolades at Eagle Creek. It all began soon after the first tee went into the first tee box, when Travel & Leisure G Magazine Golf s selected it as o of the best one c courses to o open in Florid since 2000. da A Among the o other “bests” f from the criti include ics F Florida Golf C Central’ s “Best 18th Hole in F Florida” award f the 535for y yard signature finishing hole. The 18th was also honored as one of the “Best 18 in Orlando” by Golfweek’s Golf Life Orlando Magazine and even the 19th hole (home of the Belfry restaurant) is on a list with such private clubs as Isleworth in Orlando Magazine’s “Best 19th Holes.” You always like to be recognized by your peers. Eagle Creek had held a number of Florida State Golf Association events in its first seasons, but was honored with hosting the 62nd Florida Open in the fall of 2006, won by former Florida Gator All-American Camilo Benedetti. FSGA Executive Director Rick Whitfield commented that Eagle Creek’s layout was “unusual compared to the typical Florida course. It has great bunkering, some elevation change and there are several great

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risk-reward holes that added excitement to the Florida Open.” Eagle Creek also played host to the Hooters’ Collegiate Women’s Match Play Championship in the fall of 2006 and the 2007 Florida State Public Links Championship. But the most important reviews came from the golfers who play Eagle Creek every day, and they gave the course 4-1/2 Stars in Golf Digest’s Places to Play. Nobody in the state rated higher. And Golf Digest readers ranked Eagle Creek among the very best in “consistently excelling in the area of customer service.” Eagle Creek is home to the internationally-recognized Graves Golf Academy, where Todd and Tim Graves have developed training techniques based on the teachings of the legendary Moe Norman, who’s simple and efficient swing theories have helped thousands of golfers improve their games. Going the extra step has led to the success of a place like Eagle Creek. The club’s attention to environmental details has resulted in inclusion among the Audubon Society’s International Silver Signature Courses. The professionalism of the staff that’s committed to exceeding expectations is one of the reasons so many groups have enjoyed successful outings at Eagle Creek that come with the Five-Star Tournament experience that includes being featured on the Parview GPS system along with updated leaderboards from the pro tournaments. The awardwinning FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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banquet and catering staff looks forward to hosting your special event for up to 150 guests, but just as important is the iced towel on a warm Florida afternoon offered by the customer service rep overseeing the pace of play. Eagle Creek Golf Club was designed to blend unobtrusively within the masterplanned Eagle Creek golf community that is developing a variety of single-family homes, villas, townhomes, condominiums and apartments to create a unique neighborhood close to schools, shopping, fullservice recreation facilities and a network of walking trails. You can find out more about the development online at www.eaglecreekcommunity.com. Located just two miles off Highway 417 (Central Florida Greenway) and 11 minutes from Orlando International Airport, with shower and locker facilities in a gorgeous 14,000-square-foot New England manor clubhouse, Eagle Creek is still the best place for that “last” round of Orlando golf for vacationers. And now it’s the place for the most unique round. For tee times, or more information on groups, outings and memberships, call (407) 273-4653 locally, toll-free at (866) 324-5342, or visit their website at www.eaglecreekgolf.info.

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Exceptional location, new enhancements and online best rate guarantee highlight this Orlando favorite. The traveling golfer must consider many factors when choosing a destination, and ultimately a golf course to play when they get there. Questions traveling golfers often ask themselves after choosing Orlando as their destination: What course is close to the Disney area resorts? 15 minutes from Walt Disney World Are there any courses close to the airport? 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport Where is the best value? Book online for the “Best Rate Guaranteed” at golfhunterscreek.com Can my child play with me for less? Kids play free when accompanied by an adult Can one course meet all these goals? Absolutely! Hunter’s Creek Golf Club 26

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Whether ether you plan on playing one round or multiple days, Hunter’s Creek Golf Club needs to be included in the Orlando golf vacation itinerary. There are many reasons this “Must Play” is popular not only with visiting golfers but area residents alike. Hunter’s Creek Golf Club boasts 18, fun-filled holes of golf, featuring five sets of tees ranging from just under 5,000 yards to a daunting 7,268 yards. Its meandering fairways carve through majestic, towering pines and around 13 shimmering lakes, highlighted by strategicallyplaced white bunkers. Hunter’s Creek has been recognized nationally with awards and accolades, highlighted by being honored by Golf Digest as one of the “Top 75 Courses to Play” in 1990. Hunter’s Creek is also a popular site of numerous golf events and tournaments,

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having hosted the U.S. Open qualifying, a PGA Tour qualifier and recent FSGA Florida PG State Public Links Championship. St Location, Location, Location Lo What sets Hunter’s Creek apart from the rest in Orlando is its close proximity to th a majority of the city’s major attractions. In fact, golfers staying at the Disney resorts or around the Orange County Convention center need only travel 10 to 15 minutes or so be on the first tee at “The Creek.” Additionally, Hunter’s Creek convenient location near the Orlando International Airport (roughly 10 minutes away) makes this the perfect stop for an “Arrival Round” or an “Emergency 18” on the last day of your trip. “Surf The Creek” for the Best Rates Guaranteed! In response to the growing popularity of online golf booking and research, Hunter’s Creek Golf Club is rewarding cyber-savvy golfers by offering them the Best Rate Guaranteed for tee times booked online at their official website, www.golfhunterscreek.com. In addition to preferred rates, golfers also receive the best access and selection of available tee times, no hassle cancellation policy and no prepayment required for tee times made on golfhunterscreek.com “Our pledge of offering the Best Rate Guaranteed on golfhunterscreek.com lets our customers know that we are committed to providing them with the best price, best value, best access and no hassle cancellation policy at one of Orlando’s favorite golf courses, Hunter’s Creek Golf Club,” said Phil Green, president of OB Sports Golf Management (management company for Hunter’s Creek). Kids Play Free! And speaking of great value, it is also worth noting that Hunter’s Creek Golf FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Club recently unveiled their new “Kids Play Free” program which offers a free round of golf to junior golfers under the age of 18, when accompanied by a regular paying guest. “Kids Play Free” is offered Monday through Thursday anytime and Friday through Sunday and Holidays, after Noon. Now professionally managed by Scottsdale-based, OB Sports Golf Management, Hunter’s Creek proudly boasts enhanced course conditions combined with friendly and engaging service that traveling golfers have come to expect from the leader in boutique-style golf course management. So whether you are playing one round or five, make sure your next Orlando Golf Vacation includes a trip to Hunter’s Creek Golf Club! For tee times and more information on Hunter’s Creek Golf Club, call toll free at 866-319-9793 or book online at www.golfhunterscreek.com.

HUNTER’S CREEK GC AT A GLANCE LOCATION: 14401 Sports Club Way Orlando, FL 32837 Phone: Call Toll Free: (866) 319-9793 Par: 72 • Yardage: 7,268 Architect: Lloyd Clifton One of the best golf values in Orlando, Hunter’s Creek Golf Club offers the BEST RATE GUARANTEED for tee times offered on their official website: www.golfhunterscreek.com. Make sure your next Orlando Golf Vacation includes a round at Hunters Creek! Approximate drive time from key locations to Hunters Creek Orlando International Airport – 10 min. Walt Disney World Resorts – 10-12 min. Orange County Convention Center – 12-15 min. Universal Orlando Resort – 18 min. Hunter’s Creek Golf Club is Professionally Managed by OB Sports

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The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

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he Legends features 18 beautifully-designed holes Kissimmee, FL Orange County of championship golf sitting on flawless playing (407) 905-1331 surfaces that blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape which highlights a truly memorable RATES golf experience. A signature design by Arnold Palmer, Please call golf reservations at (407) this 7,072-yard championship course offers two distinct 239-1050 for current rates and play experiences. Scottish-style golf is featured on the out- specials. ward nine; while the towering pines, majestic oaks, wind- STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope ing fairways and flowing water on the inward nine are Teal 7072 74.3 132 6665 72.0 129 reminiscent of the Carolinas. Offering first-class customer Black Blue 6263 70.3 124 service, and a friendly professional staff The Legends at White 5780 67.5 121 Yellow 5188 69.6 120 Orange Lake is Central Florida’s best kept golf secret!

Rated 4½ stars by Golf Digest.

PERSONNEL Architect ......................Arnold Palmer Director of Golf .......................Jody Seifert Superintendent. ................Jerod Jesso Head Professional.....Stew McComb,PGA Teaching Professional .................................... The McCord Golf Academy Course Record .....Kyle Reddington, 63

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The Oaks at Stonegate

SolivitaÂŽ Village Center

The Palms Amenities Center

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Jkfe\^Xk\>fc]:clY Semi-private Stonegate Golf Club with two championship 18-hole golf courses, The Oaks, designed by Ron Garl, and The Cypress, an original Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin layout redesigned in 2006 by George Clifton. The golf club includes the Grille at Stonegate, a casual restaurant and watering hole; a well-stocked pro shop; and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locker facilities. Outside is a deck overlooking the course, an aquatic practice facility, practice chipping and putting greens. K_\FXbj>fc]:flij\ Designed by Ron Garl, The Oaks Course is bordered by hundred-year-old oak hammocks, lush colorful greenery and abundant streams and lakes. Meticulously created to blend in beautifully with the 4,300 acres of natural wetlands and mature hardwoods, this 18-hole, 7,000 yard masterpiece rewards you with exquisite views and an unmatched golfing experience. K_\:pgi\jj>fc]:flij\ Originally designed by Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin and recently modified by golf course architect, George Clifton, who exceeded long-time expectations. Spanning 6,800 yards from the back tees, this course boasts abundant water features, beautiful lakes and white sand bunkers. The Cypress proves to be challenging to even the most experienced players.

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• Recognized by Golfweek Magazine as a “Top 50 Best New Course, 2008” • Par 72 Championship golf course open to the public • Golf instruction & practice facility • Full-service restaurant & bar open to the public • Banquet facility available for weddings/special events

Providence Golf Club 1518 Clubhouse Blvd., Davenport, FL 33837

863-420-2652 | www.providence-golf.com

To schedule a tee time call 863-420-2652 or online at www.providence-golf.com Located off Hwy 17/92 in Davenport. From Hwy 27 turn east on Ronald Reagan Pkwy. Turn right onto 17/92 and proceed 2 miles. Entrance to Providence is on left. From I-4 take exit 58(CR532). Turn east and follow to 17/92.Turn right on 17/92 and proceed 3.5 miles. Entrance to Providence is on left.

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The Rebirth of a Legend Continues… Orlando’s Newest and Finest Semi-Private Club

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GREENS & CLUBHOUSE • Magnificent 18-hole Championship Golf Course • Full-Service Restaurant and Bar

Call now to book your tee time at 407-876-4410 or online at www.windermeregolf.com Directions: Take I-4 West towards Tampa and Disney. Take the East-West Expressway (408) WEST. Exit at West Hwy 50. Turn Left on Highway 50/West Colonial Dr. Go to the 3rd traffic light at Maguire Road. Turn Left. Go three miles to the 3-way stop sign at Park Ave. Turn right on Park Ave. Go west approximately 1.2 miles to a turn-out on the right. There is a black and gold sign that says “Windermere Club.”Turn right into the gated neighborhood. The Club is about ½ mile down on the left.

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Windermere Country Club

2710 Butler Bay Drive North, Windermere, FL 34786

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A pair of distinctive nines combine into one memorable golf experience at Timacuan Golf Club.

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hen it comes to solid golf course design, Lake Mary, FL Seminole County with a great layout that plays differently (407) 321-0010 every time you tee it up, there aren’t many www.golftimacuan.com m golf courses in Florida that can beat Timacuan, historiRATES cally ranked among the top courses in the state. Please call the Pro Shop for New tees have added length to some key holes, and current rates and tee times (407) numerous bunkers are being improved. Improvements 321-0010 or visit us online at www.golftimacuan.com have been made to the club’s lighted practice range, STATISTICS where it’s common to see top PGA and LPGA touring Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope pros working with world-class golf instructor Mike Gold 7047 74.3 136 Blue 6531 71.8 129 Bender. White 6001 69.1 120 Timacuan Golf Club is conveniently located in Lake Green 5343 70.6 125 Red 4693 66.4 117 Mary, just off Interstate 4 at Exit 101A. Timacuan is a semi-private club with public tee times available nearly PERSONNEL Architects ............................................ every day. Ron Garl & Bobby Weed Jr. For tee time reservations, golf events or memberDir. of Golf/General Manager ............ Tony Johnson, PGA ship information, please call (407) 321-0010 or book Head Pro. ......................... Tony Miller online at www.golftimacuan.com. Teaching Pro. ...... Mike Bender, PGA Superintendent .........Barry Shuman Course Record .......61, Mike Bender Map Key Number 106

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Highlands Reserve Golf Club

A mix of Scottish Links and Old Florida design make Highlands Reserve Golf Club a unique experience.

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ombine one of the best layouts in Central Flor- Davenport, FL ida with 120-foot elevation changes and superb Polk County (863) 420-1724 customer service, and you’ll understand why (877) 508-4653 golfers from all around the world have put Highlands www.highlandsreserve-golf.com Reserve at the top of their “must-play” list of Orlando RATES golf courses. Please call the pro shop for current rates. The goal at Highlands Reserve is simple – offer the best value of any championship golf course in the STATISTICS Yards Rating Slope Orlando area. Highlands Reserve is open to the public Par: 72 Black 6647 72.9 134 at all times, and takes pride in welcoming golfers from Gold 6042 69.9 130 Jade 5062 65.4 114 around the world. Hundreds of Orlando area golfers also make Highlands Reserve their home course. PERSONNEL General Manager .........Kyle Mooney The course is located on U.S. Highway 27 just PGA Head Professional ......Greg Tebbutt north of Interstate 4 and just south of Route 192, the Superintendent .........David Schmidt Architect .................. Michael Dasher main route into Disney World. All golfers are welcome and public tee times ONLINE TEE TIMES www.highlandsreserve-golf.com are available every day at (877) 508-4653 or (863) 420-1724. Tee times also can be reserved online at www.highlandsreserve-golf.com. The Euro-friendly golf course of Central Florida

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Stoneybrook East Golf Club

For a true championship test and a memorable experience... you’ve gotta play “The Final Four!”

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toneybrook East Golf Club is a stunning chamOrlando, FL pionship golf course located in East Orlando on Orange County (407) 384-6888 S. Alafaya Trail. www.golfstoneybrookeast.com st.com Each hole plays out to a strategy of its own. Some place a premium on the tee shot either over wetlands RATES or lakes, while others demand an exacting approach Please call the pro shop for current to multi-tiered greens. Native wooded areas have been rates carefully preserved to provide artistic hole framing, STATISTICS Yards Rating Slope guiding the player to proper landing areas. One thing Par: 72 Champ. 6827 73.1 135 is for sure: you’ll need all your clubs to play StoneyMem. Back 6297 70.3 128 Mem. Forward5767 68.6 122 brook. Forward 4804 68.1 114 Stoneybrook boasts “Central Florida’s Finest FinPERSONNEL ishing Holes... The Final Four.” Holes 15 through 18 ........... Clifton/Ezell/Clifton will test any player’s nerves and skill and will not soon Architect Superintendent ....... Harold Wilhelm be forgotten. For a true championship test and a memorable experience... you’ve gotta play “The Final Four!”

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Is Your Game feeling a little Down Under?

Architects: Perry Dye & Jan Stephenson Par 72 Yardage: 7,115 Rating: 74.3 Slope: 143

Elevate your game – and your spirits – with a round at Walkabout Golf Club. Our 7 year-old gem in Mims was inspired by the famous LPGA Tour player and native Austalian, Jan Stephenson. Just 30-minutes from Orlando/Daytona, the lush rolling fairways weave beautifully through the undulating landscape, serene lakes and native wetlands. Once negotiated, the fairways lead to the course’s best feature…the multi-tiered Tif dwarf greens – among the fastest and smoothest in Central Florida. A wonderful risk & reward venue. Come try Walkabout – and have a G’day!

Bring this magazine for a FREE bucket of range balls when you warm up! 3950 Walkabout Way • Mims

866-GOLF-FLA www.walkaboutgolf.com

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Deer Island Country Club

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eer Island Country Club is Central Florida’s most unforgettable golf experience. Enjoy the panoramic views and wildlife as Deer Island carves its way through the environmentally-protected Florida wetlands. Our black tees, playing more than 7,000 yards, will challenge any golfer, but with five different sets of tees, Deer Island accommodates every level of golfer. Accentuated by water on every hole and Joe Lee’s signature finger-style bunkering, Deer Island is a golf course with true character. This secluded 400-acre island lies amid the St. Johns River Basin, Florida’s largest chain of natural lakes making it a paradise for golfers, boaters and nature lovers. Deer Island Country Club was established in 1994 and offers a championship Joe Lee-designed golf course. Renowned golf course architect Joe Lee, also know for designing Cog Hill, Doral, Interlachen and Bay Hill, calls Deer Island “the most unique golf course I’ve ever designed.”

Deer Island, FL Lake County (352) 343-7550 (800) 269-0006 www.deerislandgolf.com RATES Please call the Pro Shop for current rates. STATISTICS Par-72 Black Gold White Blue Red

Yards 7029 6670 6284 5745 5139

Rating Slope 74.5 136 72.8 135 70.8 132 68.6 119 70.4 118

PERSONNEL Architect ............................... Joe Lee Head Pro ..................... Mike Meyers Teaching Pro ............... Mike Meyers Superintendent .... Mike Brownsberger

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Stoneybrook West

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orld-renowned golf course architect ArWinter Garden, FL L Orange County thur Hills designed Stoneybrook West to become another top-ranked championship (407) 877-8533 www.golfsbw.com public golf course. GolfWorld ranks Hills No. 2 on its list of “The Games Hottest Architects” and GolfLink. RATES com puts Stoneybrook West at No. 9 on its statewide Please call the pro shop for current rates. countdown of “Best Courses to Play.” Stoneybrook West’s unique location provides STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope elevation changes that will produce spectacular apBlack 7101 74.8 135 proaches against dramatic backdrops. Blue 6455 71.4 131 5801 68.2 124 Carved out of orange groves and overlooking Black White Red 5173 70.1 117 Lake, Stoneybrook West displays Hills’ trademark PERSONNEL bunkers and undulating fairways. Architect .......................... Arthur Hills After carefully thinking and playing your way to General Manger ...........Mark Bearss Head Pro ........................ Chad Poling the green, be prepared to face some of the swiftest Superintendent ...............Juan Perez greens in the area, produced by installing the latest F&B Manager ...............Katie Repoff hybrid in putting turf (TifEagle). The Stoneybrook Grill is the perfect place to eat, drink and relax after a great round of golf. It is open daily for lunch and happy hour. 82 Map Key Number

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Kings Ridge Golf Club

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ings Ridge Golf Club is located in the rolling hills of Clermont, Florida. There are two great courses from which to choose; the original Lloyd Clifton par-70 course designated as the Kings course, and the very exciting Ron Garl designed par 57, Ridge course. Our courses welcome new and seasoned golfers to a unique golfing terrain in Florida; with some of the highest elevations in the state. The challenging and narrow fairways, coupled with the birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye view, provide an interesting and challenging golfing experience with every round. Both courses offer local residents and snowbirds a great golfing experience. The clubhouse features light fare and beverages and the staff will treat you like royalty. This semiprivate club also offers lessons for new players and those wanting to improve their game. Kings Ridge Golf Club is part of Celebration Golf Management Company, which provides design, consulting, operational and management services for a wide range of courses. Our sister courses, The Legends in Clermont, Stoneybrook West in Winter Garden and Celebration in Celebration will make a golferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getaway the perfect package. 40

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Clermont, FL Lake County (352) 242-GOLF (888) 246-4843 Toll Free ee RATES Please call pro shop for for current rates. STATISTICS Par-70 Emerald Sapphire Diamond Gold

Yards 6183 5828 5489 5101

Rating Slope 69.6 120 68.1 116 66.4 113 64.4 110

PERSONNEL Architect ........................ Lloyd Clifton General Manager .......... Jay Scruggs Head Pro ............ Chris Russell, PGA Superintendent ........... Jason Morris

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Legends Golf & Country Club

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he Legends golf course is one of the finest accomplishments Clermont, FL Lake County of famous course designer Lloyd Clifton. This beautifully (352) 243-1118 manicured Clifton-Ezell-Clifton 18-hole course stretches 6,911 yards from the gold tees and is a test of any golfer’s skills at (866) 678-6919 Toll Free www.legendsgolforlando.com a par 72 with a slope rating of 130 and a course rating of 72.9. AMENITIES From the time you first tee off on No. 1 you will constantly • Restaurant & Full Bar be impressed with both the challenge of this excellently designed • Full Banquet Wedding Facility • Golf Academy • Driving Range golf course and the scenic beauty of the area. As you tee off from • Complete Tournament Services • Family & Single Golf Memberships No. 1 tee and play this rolling downhill hole, you’ll be afforded spectacular views of Lake Louisa to the south. RATES Call Pro Shop for current rates. Selected in an issue of a leading golf magazine as one of the top ten golf courses in Central Florida, this course is destined to STATISTICS continue to be recognized as one of Florida’s finest courses. In Par-72 Yards Rating Slope Gold 6911 73.0 131 an issue of Lihn’s Orlando Golf Guide, Legends was described as Blue 6491 71.1 125 “Featuring vertiginous elevations, cinemascopic horizons and White 6069 69.3 119 4859 68.1 108 breathtaking views, this handsome addition will definitely elevate Purple your spirits”. PERSONNEL Architect ........................ Lloyd Clifton Legends has hosted a Hooter’s Tour event and the National General Manager .......... Jay Scruggs Football Player’s Association tournament. Head Pro.......... Chris Russell, PGA Superintendent .......... Bill Amerman Also when in the attractions area visit our sister course, the beautiful Celebration Golf Club 70 Owned and Operated by Celebration Golf Management Map Key Number FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club

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ocated just minutes from Walt Disney World, Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club offers 18 championship holes that are challenging to the seasoned golfer yet remain playable for true amateurs. This Gary Player and Karl Litten designed course is nestled amidst the magnificent 100-year old oaks, the signature of this fine course. Graceful sloping fairways wind around crystal lakes. Wild turkey and sand heron provide a â&#x20AC;&#x153;galleryâ&#x20AC;? as well-placed shots land on meticulously-manicured greens. Kissimmee Oaks proudly offers complimentary rental clubs with each paid round so our out of town guests can pack light! Warm up on the large practice facility featuring 20 range stations with separate chipping and putting greens. Visit our well-stocked pro shop carrying the latest in golf equipment and apparel. After your round, relax with a cool drink in the air conditioned clubhouse or sit out on the patio and join us for lunch. Come and enjoy Kissimmee Oaks, where the beauty of Florida and great golf come together! 42

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RATES Please call the pro shop for current rates. STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red

Yards Rating Slope 6787 73.1 136 6386 70.8 133 5851 68.7 119 4939 68.5 121

PERSONNEL Architects ..................... Player/Litten Superintendent ............Ryan Herren

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MetroWest Golf Club “Best Public Course in Orlando” – Orlando Magazine

With superior year-round playing conditions and unmatched guest service levels, Metrowest is a golf experience not to be missed.

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oo famous to be forgotten, too close to the International Orlando, FL Drive area to be a “hidden gem,” this Robert Trent Jones Orange County (407) 299-1099 Sr. classic offers great variety and challenge. www.metrowestgolf.com www.twitter.com/metrowestgolf At more than 7,000 yards, MetroWest carries Four Stars www.facebook.com/metrowestgolf.club in Golf Digest’s 2007 Best Places to Play listing. Voted Best RATES For the best rates available become Public Course in Orlando by the readers of Orlando Magaa fan of MetroWestGolfClub on zine, MetroWest has established a stellar reputation in the Facebook. STATISTICS Central Florida area for its excellent playing conditions and Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope unmatched levels of service. Championship7051 74.1 132 Back 6619 71.1 130 Are you up for the John Daly Challenge? If the wind is Middle 6104 68.8 123 right, you may be able to reach the green on the short par-4 Forward 5325 70.3 122 ninth (pictured above) - it’s all carry over water. At MetroWest PERSONNEL Architect ........ Robert Trent Jones, Sr. you will find two of the best finishing holes in Central Florida Gen Mgr/Dir.of Golf ........Mike Pryor, PGA - a challenge for the most accomplished golfers when the wind Superintendent........Jim Kernohan, GCSAA Head Professional .......... David Taylor is blowing in off of Lake Hiawassee. This Robert Trent Jones Sr. Director of Instruction ..... Tom Creavy course was designed to provide each golfer with an enjoyable, Recently voted Best Public Course in East Central Florida by Florida Golf yet challenging golf experience at Metrowest. Magazine’s Readers Choice Survey Featuring Taylor Made rental clubs, ParView GPS and a Host Site of: large golf shop, the club also boasts fabulous food and one of U.S. Open Qualifier 2010 Champions Tour Q-School 2010 Orlando’s best “19th holes,” the Sundance Tavern. Map Key Number 16 Come play MetroWest.

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Kissimmee Bay Country Club

See Coupon in Local News Kissimmee, FL Osceola County (407) 348-GOLF (407) 348-4653 www.kissimmeebaycc.com RATES Public Welcome Call (407) 348-4653 for current rates. Juniors (16yrs or younger) play FREE with a paying adult after 2 p.m. daily. Featuring “ALL YOU CAN Practice, Play and Eat.”

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STATISTICS Par-71 Gold Blue White Red

Yards 6846 6383 5945 5171

Rating Slope 72.2 125 70.1 119 67.7 114 71.0 122

PERSONNEL Architect ........................ Lloyd Clifton General Mgr .....................Buck Stine Teaching Pros .............. All PGA Staff Superintendent .......Dave Bogaenko Course Record ......... 63, Diane Bohl Roy Henry Map Key Number

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nquire about our “All You Can” Can Practice Practice, Play and Eat Ultimate Golf Experience! Unlimited practice, unlimited golf on the outstanding 18-hole championship layout and all you can eat in the Remington Bar and Grille. Our walk-mown greens translate to the finest conditioned greens in the Orlando area. Awarded Four Stars by Golf Digest in “Places to Play for 2002-2008.”

STATISTICS Par: 72 Black Yellow Green Blue White

Yards 7111 6769 6328 5876 5178

Rating Slope 73.9 134 72.5 130 70.6 123 68.5 119 69.8 118

PERSONNEL Architect ........Clifton, Ezell & Clifton GOLF DESIGN GROUP General Manager ......... Mark Farrow Superintendent .......Dave Bogaenko All PGA Teaching Staff Map Key Number 116

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Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club Haines City, FL Polk County (800) 632-6400 (863) 421-4653 www.southerndunes.com om

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teve Smyers’ dramatic hillside layout features 100foot elevation changes that present spectacular views of the expansive fairways that are flanked by more than 180 bunkers. Players are encouraged to use their imagination to maneuver around the slopes and contours of the layout that features massive, high-lipped bunkers and large, undulating greens. The distinctive look, imaginative design and impeccable playing surfaces of this Steve Smyers masterpiece, have kept Southern Dunes consistently ranked among the nation’s best.

Please call for current rates. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Black 7227 74.7 135 Blue 6803 72.6 129 White 6298 70.2 123 Gold 5633 72.4 126 PERSONNEL Architect ......................Steve Smyers Dir of Golf....................... Shane Trice Head Pro. ..................Kevin Woodard Superintendent. .............Tyler Green This Steve Smyers Masterpiece is consistently ranked among the nation’s best. “Best Places to Play” ★★★★ 1⁄2 by Golf Digest # 6 in Florida by Golf Digest “Best in State” # 8 in Florida by Golf Week’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” Top 100 Courses in America (1997 – 2001) by Golf Week “Top 10 Courses Built in America in the Past 10 Years” (1987 – 1997) by Links Magazine

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his Joe Lee design is one of the finest layouts in Central Florida. Located on the north side of Clermont, it meanders through the rolling hills and unique scenery of Lake Minneola. Great course conditions and friendly service will keep you coming back again and again. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Orlando and 40 minutes from Disney World and the Orlando attractions area.

STATISTICS Par-72 Black Gold White Red

Yards Rating Slope 7004 73.8 127 6418 71.2 123 6063 69.6 119 5524 72.1 122

PERSONNEL Architects .............................. Joe Lee Head Pro .................. Earnest Collins Superintendent ......... Troy Blackwell

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issimmee Golf Club has long been a favorite for locals and visitors seeking quality, enjoyable golf at a reasonable rate. The course is extremely golfer-friendly, as is the attitude of the staff. Enjoy the day playing or practicing, as this semi-private club boasts a terrific practice facility. Undoubtedly the best golfing value in the area. Call for great rates and easy directions. Home of Tee to Green Golf School.

STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Gold Red

Yards 6537 6010 5530 5026

Rating Slope 73.0 126 70.2 120 67.9 116 68.6 116

PERSONNEL Architects ..................Reed Berlinsky Bill Bulmer Superintendent ........ Darin Martinez Teaching Pro .................Ian Peterson Course Record ........60, Dirk Schultz

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Diamondback Golf Club Haines City, FL Polk County (863) 421-0437 (800) 222-5629 www.diamondbackgc.net

Golf Digest – ★★★★ ★★★★½ ½

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iamondback was designed by Joe Lee and is located in Central Florida, just 30 minutes from Disney World. The par-72 championship course is carved out of 240 acres of virgin Florida forest, offering a non-residential setting where you can challenge yourself on the rolling tree-lined fairways, undulating greens and preserved wetlands that create the ultimate atmosphere for all golfers. Diamondback has a full-service bar and restaurant open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch.

RATES November – December Monday-Friday ............................$42 Sat-Sunday .................................$47 36 hole M-F ................................$71 36 Sat-Sun..................................$82 January - March Monday-Thurs .............................$69 Fri,Sat,Sun ..................................$75 36 hole Mon-Thurs .................. $122 36 hole Fri, Sat,Sun ................ $130 STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Gold 6893 73.1 131 Blue 6420 70.5 129 White 6046 68.7 124 Gray 4973 65.1 98 Red 4872 69.9 119 PERSONNEL Architect ................................ Joe Lee Director of Operations .....Lynn Zemba Asst. Golf Pro ................A.J. Plecenik Superintendent ................. David Hill Course Record ..........62, Bill Shriver 114 Map Key Number

New Smyrna Beach Golf Club New Smyrna Beach, FL Volusia County (386) 424-2190 Pro Shop (386) 424-2192 Starter

RATES Please call (386) 424-2190 for current rates.

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esigned by famed architect Donald J. Ross in the late 1940’s, New Smyrna Beach Golf Course has received a total restoration and reopened in late 2006. Bobby Weed of Weed Design, Inc., who created and supervised the restoration, predicts this course “will become the number one municipal course in the state of Florida!” Handicapped cart, a fully-stocked pro shop, top notch practice facility and the Tiano’s Restaurant add to the reasons our course will be No. 1!

STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red

Yards 6521 6155 5584 4863

Rating Slope 71.4 130 69.8 124 66.9 117 67.8 114

PERSONNEL Architect ....................... Donald Ross General Mgr ..................... Gary Wintz Head Professional ........... Gary Wintz Superintendent .............John Yancey Like to Walk? Call for available times.

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wo distinct golf courses – equally beautiful, challengingly different. That’s the delight of golf played at The Plantation Golf Club. Giant oaks provide dappled shade, but narrow fairways on the Otter Creek course. Abundant bunkers, water hazards, elevation changes and five unforgiving par 3s make Crane’s Roost a survival course in its own right. The unique pleasure of Plantation golf awaits you. Are you ready?

STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Gold Red

– OTTER CREEK Yards Rating Slope 6264 70.1 127 5900 68.5 123 5248 65.3 111 5032 69.5 116

STATISTICS Par-71 Blue White Gold Gold (Ladies) Red (Ladies)

– CRANE’S ROOST Yards Rating Slope 6005 69.3 122 5553 66.8 117 5042 64.0 105 5042 69.3 117 4532 66.1 110

PERSONNEL Dir. of Golf ........................Lee Wilson Superintendent ............. Bill Beasley Teaching Professional ..... Jim Sharer Map Key Number

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RATES Please call the pro shop for current rates.

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ucked away in the rollin rolling hills just five miles northwest of Apopka, Zellwood Station offers challenging golf for all skill levels. Dubbed as one of Central Florida’s best kept secrets, Zellwood Station brings rolling greens and fairways and unsurpassed beauty. With four new holes and a brand new practice facility set to open in the New Year it may be hard for Zellwood Station Golf Club to remain a secret. Call for your tee times today!

STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Red Gold

Yards 6473 6034 4855 4462

Rating Slope 70.7 123 68.9 118 68.2 113 61.6 99

PERSONNEL Head Pro .......... Christopher C. Tyler Superintendent . Rodney Stevenson Course Record .....61, Tim Loustalot FEATURES/AMENITIES 18-hole, semi-private facility with pool, tennis courts and other member friendly perks! Map Key Number

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he Deltona Club, situated between Daytona Deltona, FL Volusia County Beach and Orlando on I-4 offers an unmatched (386) 789-3911 experience in Central Florida. The five different sets of tees and wide generous fairways provide a fun RATES yet challenging round of golf for all skill levels. Likened Please call for current rates. by some to be the Whistling Straits of the south, the STATISTICS vast sandy blowouts and extreme elevation changes will Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope I 7070 73.8 127 provide a look and playability uncommon for Florida II 6607 71.8 124 golf. The Deltona Club is also the home of Chuck Waltz III 6143 69.8 121 5555 66.8 118 Golf School. This 7,070 yard par 72 is sure to keep you IV V 4770 63.2 106 coming back for more. Come play the course that was rated the 28th best PERSONNEL Architect ......................... Bobby Weed new public course in the U.S. and 16th best place to Director of Golf ............. Artie Wilson, PGA play by Golfweek magazine. This is Central Florida’s golf Superintendent..............................Pete Webb Head Professional .......... Artie Wilson at its finest. FEATURES/AMENITIES • Driving Range • Snack Bar/Restaurant • Putting Green • Short Game Practice Facility Map Key Number

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Map Key Number 47

4279 S US Hwy 27, Clermont FL 34711

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BREVARD COUNTY 19

Walkabout Golf Club

Public

7115-4873/72

(321) 385-2099

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3230 Folsom Rd., Mims 32754; Entrance located at corner I-95 & SR 46, across street from McDonald’s.

FLAGLER-VOLUSIA 4

Deltona Club

Semi-Private

7070-4770/72

(386) 789-3911

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1120 Elkcam Blvd, Deltona 32725; I-4, exit 111A CA, left on Normandy Blvd. right on Elkcam Blvd.

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LPGA International

Semi-Private

7088-5131/72

(386) 274-LPGA

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1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach, 32124; I-95 to 92 W., north on LPGA Blvd. (11 St.) 5 miles to Champions Drive.

150

New Smyrna Beach Golf Club

Municipal

6521-4863/72

(386) 424-2190

47

1000 Wayne Ave., New Smyrna Beach, 32168; I-95 exit at SR 44 east, travel SR 44 to Business 44/Route 1, north Route 1, West Wayne Ave.

LAKE-SUMTER COUNTIES 101

Deer Island Country Club

Semi-Private

7029-5139/72

(352) 343-7550

38

18000 Eagles Way, Tavares 32778; 441 N through Zellwood, west on Saddler (448) follow signs.

135

Kings Ridge Golf Club

Semi-Private

6183-5101/70

(352) 242-4653

40

(352) 243-1118

41

(352) 394-0085

46

(352) 365-0526 (352) 365-0526

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(407) 544-1128

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1950 Kings Ridge Blvd, Clermont FL 34711; 3 miles west of Hwy 50 on Hwy 27

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Legends Golf & CC

Semi-Private

6911-4859/72

1700 Legendary Blvd., Clermont 34711; West SR 50 to US 27, south 3 miles.

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Palisades Golf Course

Semi-Private

7004-5524/72

16510 Palisades Blvd., Clermont 34711; Hwy 50 to 27 N 2.7miles, left on 561-A.

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The Plantation Golf Club Otter Creek Crane’s Roost

Semi-Private Semi-Private

6264-5032/72 6005-4532/72

25201 US Highway 27., Leesburg, FL 34748; Six miles south of Leesburg on US 27

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Semi-Private

7076-5288/72

1455 Mountain Club Rd., Minneola, 34715; 10.5 miles off West Hwy 50 on CR 455 Scenic Hwy.

ORANGE COUNTY 56

Eagle Creek Golf Club

Public

7198-5929/73

(407) 273-4653 13-17, 80

14409 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando 32827; 417 to Narcoossee Rd. (15), South 2 miles to entrance on left.

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Faldo Golf Institute at Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort Public

Nine Holes

(407) 238-7677x4040 18

12001 Avenida Verde, Orlando 32821; 1.5 miles south of Sea World, across street from Grande Pines.

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Grande Pines Golf Club

Resort

7012-5418/72

(407) 239-6909

8-12

(866) 319-9793

26-28

6351 International Golf Club Rd., Orlando, Fl. 32821; 1.5 miles south of SeaWorld.

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Hunter’s Creek Golf Club

Public

7432-5755/72

14401 Sports Club Way, Orlando 32837, On Hunter’s Creek Blvd., between John Young Pkwy and Orange Blossum Trail, 1 mile S of 417

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Shingle Creek Golf Club

Resort

7213-5081/72

(407) 996-9933

20, 21

9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando 32819; 1/2 mile east of Convention Center, north/south complex; Beeline exit #2 on Universal Blvd.

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Stoneybrook East Golf Club

Semi-Private

6827-4804/72

(407) 384-6888

36

2900 N. Hampton Ave., Orlando 32828; 3 1/2 miles south of EW Expressway (408) on Alafaya.

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Stoneybrook West GC

Semi-Private

7101-3560/72

(407) 877-8533

39

5501 Towne Commons Blvd., Winter Garden 34787; 2.7 miles south of W Hwy 50 on S.R. 545.

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Windermere Country Club

Semi-Private

6558-5818/72

(407) 876-4410

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2710 Butler Bay Dr. North, Windermere 34786; From Conroy Rd. turn right on Main St. in Windermere. Take Park Ave. 1.2 miles to Winderemere Club.

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Zellwood Station

Semi-Private

6473-4462/72

(407) 886-3303

50

(407) 321-0010

34

2126 Spillman Dr., Zellwood 32798; 5 miles north of Apopka on 441.

SEMINOLE COUNTY 106

Timacuan Golf & CC

Semi-Private

7047-4693/72

550 Timacuan Blvd., Lake Mary 32746; Interstate 4 to exit #98, east on Lake Mary Blvd., left on Rinehart Rd., 1 mile on right.

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OSCEOLA COUNTY 129

Celebration GC

Public

6792-5724/72

(407) 566-4653

2-3

701 Golf Park Dr., Celebration, Fl. 34747; I-4 to 192 East (exit 64A), right on Celebration Ave, right on Golf Park Dr.

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Legends at Orange Lake

Resort

7072-5188/72

(407) 905-1331

29

8505 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee 34747; I-4 to 192, west 4.5 miles to Orange Lake Resort.

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Kissimmee Bay CC

Semi-Private

6846-5171/71

(407) 348-4653

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2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee 34744; Hwy 192 east to Boggy Creek Rd., east on Fortune.

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Kissimmee GC

Semi-Private

6537--5026/72

(407) 847-2816

46

(407) 933-4055

42

3103 Florida Coach Drive, Kissimmee 34741; Route 192 to Hoagland Blvd., south 2.5 miles.

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Kissimmee Oaks

Semi-Private

6787-4939/72

1500 The Oaks Blvd. Kissimmee 34746; South on John Young Pkwy from 1-4 approx. 18 miles. Turn left into The Oaks Community across form KFC and Publix.

116

Remington Golf Club

Public

7111-5178/72

(407) 344-4004

44

2995 Remington Blvd., Kissimmee 34744; Hwy. 192 E. to Partin-Settlement Rd., left on E. Lake Shore Dr. 2 miles.

117

Royal St. Cloud Golf Club

Public

7111-5531/72

(407) 593-7015

22-23

5310 Michigan Ave, St. Cloud 34772; Turnpike to Hwy 192, east approx 7 miles to Michigan, south 2 miles.

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Diamondback GC

Semi-Private

6805-6359/72

(863) 421-0437

47

(863) 420-1724

35

6501 SR 544E, Haines City 33844; I-4 to US 27, south to 544, 6 miles

68

Highlands Reserve Golf Club

Public

6673-4875/72

500 Highlands Reserve Blvd., Davenport, 33837; Hwy. 192 west to SR 27, entrance 3 miles south on right.

94

Providence

Semi-Private

6950-5110/72

(863) 420-2652

32

1518 Clubhouse Blvd., Davenport 33837; I-4 exit 58, east 1.5 miles to Lake Wilson Rd. Right 1 mile to Ronald Regan Pkwy, left 2 miles to 17-92, right 1 mile to community entrance on left.

53

Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita/Oaks Semi-Private Stonegate Golf Club/Cypress Semi-Private

7011-5285/72 6760-4822/72

(407) 622-6660 (863) 427-7150

30, 31 30, 31

(800) 632-6400

45

404 Village Dr., Poinciana 34759; Hwy. 192 to Poinciana Blvd., 13 1/2 miles south.

59

Southern Dunes Golf & CC

Semi-Private

7227-5633/72

2888 Southern Dunes Blvd., Haines City, 33844; I-4 W. from Orlando to Exit 55(US 27); seven miles south on left

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Sun ‘N Lake

MAP GOLF SCHOOLS 129 57 56 106

TYPE

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School School School School

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Knickers Bar & Grill

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Inn On The Lakes

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LOCATION

Golf Community

PHONE

PG.

(863) 386-9135

55

PHONE

PG.

(407) 566-1014 (407) 238-7677 (407) 273-4653 (407) 321-0444

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COURSE

TYPE

LOCATION PHONE

TYPE

LOCATION PHONE

Spruce Creek

SP

Daytona Beach

(386) 756-6116

(321) 664-3174

Sugar Mill CC

SP

New Smyrna Beach

(386) 426-5210

Coca Beach

(321) 868-3351

Tomoka Oaks CC

SP

Ormond Beach

(386) 677-7117

Titusville

(321) 269-5524

Turnbull Bay

P

New Smyrna Beach

(386) 427-8727

BREVARD COUNTY Barefoot Bay

COURSE

P

Sebastian

Cocoa Beach CC

M

The Great Outdoors

SP

The Habitat GC at Valkaria

P

Malabar

(321) 952-6312

Venetian Bay

PV

New Smyrna Beach

(386) 424-5775

Harbor City Municipal

M

Melbourne

(321) 255-4606

Victoria Hills

P

Deland

(386) 738-6000

Indian River Colony Club

PV

Melbourne

(321) 255-6058

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

La Cita G & CC

PV

Titusville

(321) 267-2955

Country Club of Sebring

SP

Sebring

(863) 382-3500

The Majors GC

SP

Palm Bay

(321) 952-8617

Golf Hammock CC

SP

Sebring

(863) 382-2151

Melbourne Municipal

M

Melbourne

(321) 722-6016

Harder Hall G & T

SP

Sebring

(863) 382-0500

P

W. Melbourne

(321) 723-3182

Highlands Ridge

SP

Sebring

(863) 471-2299

Patrick A.F.B.

PV

Cocoa

(321) 494-7856

Lake Country GC

P

Lake Placid

(863) 465-5303

Port Malabar CC

SP

Palm Bay

(321) 729-6533

Leisure Lake G & CC

SP

Lake Placid

(863) 465-2888

SP

Avon Park

(863) 453-7555 (863) 465-4333

Palm Gardens GC

Rockledge CC Royal Oak Resort &GC

PV

Rockledge

(321) 636-3160

Pinecrest on Lotela GC

R

Titusville

(321) 269-4500

Placid Lakes Inn & CC

PV

Lake Placid

Sam’s Executive GC

P

Sharpes

(321) 632-2890

River Greens GC

SP

Avon Park

(863) 453-5210

The Savannahs

M

Merritt Island

(321) 455-1375

Sebring Golf Assoc.

P

Sebring

(863) 385-0889

Sherwood GC

SP

Titusville

(321) 269-4653

Sebring Shores CC

SP

Sebring

(863) 385-7113

P

Melbourne Beach

(321) 952-4529

Spring Lake Ex. C

P

Spring Lake

(863) 655-0202

Suntree CC

PV

Melbourne

(321) 242-6235

Spring Lake G & T

P

Sebring

(863) 655-0101

Turtle Creek GC

SP

Rockledge

(321) 632-2520

Sun ‘N Lake Estates G & TC P

Sebring

(863) 385-4830

P

Viera

(321) 639-6500

LAKE-SUMTER COUNTIES Baytree Golf Course

SP

Tavares

(352) 343-7227

Crane Lakes G & CC

SP

Port Orange

(386) 767-4653

Black Bear

SP

Eustis

(352) 357-4732

Cypress Knoll GC

SP

Palm Coast

(386) 437-5807

CC of Mount Dora

SP

Mount Dora

(352) 735-2263

SP

Clermont

(352) 394-6165

P

Wildwood

(352) 748-3293

SP

Lady Lake

(352) 753-5155

Spessard Holland

Viera East GC

FLAGLER-VOLUSIA

Cypress Point G & RV

P

Osteen

(407) 323-8798

Clerbrook Resort GC

Daytona Beach GC

M

Daytona

(386) 671-3500

Continental

Debary Golf & CC

SP

Debary

(386) 668-1705

Hacienda Hills

Deland Country Club

PV

Deland

(386) 734-3161

Harbor Hills

SP

Lady Lake

(352) 753-7711

Deltona GC

SP

Deltona

(386) 789-4911

Kings Ridge GC

SP

Clermont

(352) 242-4653 (352) 750-4414

P

Port Orange

(386) 756-5449

The Lakes GC

P

Lady Lake

Glen Abbey

SP

Debary

(386) 668-4209

The Links @ Spruce Creek SP

Summerfield

(352) 347-6172

Halifax Plantation

SP

Ormond Beach

(386) 676-9600

Miona Lake GC

SP

Wildwood

(352) 748-4200

Hammock Dunes

PV

Palm Coast

(386) 446-6222

Mission Inn Resort

(352) 324-3885

Hidden Lakes GC

P

New Smyrna Beach

(386) 427-4138

Monarch GC

Matanzas Woods

SP

Palm Coast

(386) 446-6330

The Oceans Golf Course

SP Daytona Beach Shores

GC at Cypress Head

Ocean Palm Golf Course

R

Howey-In-The-Hills

SP

Leesburg

(352) 314-9000

Mount Dora Golf Assoc.

P

Mount Dora

(352) 383-3954

(386) 788-2998

Nancy Lopez Legacy GC

SP

Lady Lake

(352) 753-1450

(386) 439-2477

Orange Blossom Hills

SP

Lady Lake

(352) 753-5200

P

Flager Beach

Oceanside CC

PV

Ormond Beach

(386) 672-1991

Palisades GC

SP

Clermont

(352) 394-0085

Palm Harbor CC

SP

Palm Coast

(386) 445-0845

Pennbrooke Fairways

SP

Leesburg

(352) 728-3200

Pelican Bay South

SP

Daytona Beach

(386) 788-6496

Sanctuary Ridge

SP

Clermont

(352) 243-0411

Pine Lakes CC

SP

Palm Coast

(386) 445-0852

Silver Lake G & CC

PV

Leesburg

(352) 787-3443

Plantation Bay CC

PV

Ormond Beach

(386) 437-4776

Swiss Fairways G & CC

SP

Clermont

(352) 429-9065

Riverbend

SP

Ormond Beach

(386) 673-6000

Tierra Del Sol G & CC

SP

Lady Lake

(352) 750-4600

Riviera Country Club

SP

Ormond Beach

(386) 677-2464

Water Oak CC

SP

Lady Lake

(352) 753-3905

Southridge GC

SP

DeLand

(386) 736-0560

Wedgewood GC

P

Grand Island

(352) 589-0072

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COURSE

TYPE

LOCATION PHONE

MARION COUNTY

TYPE

LOCATION PHONE

OSCEOLA COUNTY

Baseline GC Country Club of Ocala

COURSE

P

Ocala

(352) 245-4414

ChampionsGate

R

ChampionsGate

PV

Ocala

(352) 237-6644

Harmony Golf Preserve

P

Harmony

(407) 891-8525

Orange Lake

R

Kissimmee

(407) 239-1050

CC of Silver Springs Shores SPOcala (352) 687-2828

(407) 787-4653

Del Webb’s Preserve GC

SP

Dunnellon

(352) 861-9899

Reunion Resort

R

Davenport

(407) 390-9665

Del Webb’s Eagle Ridge

SP

Summerfield

(352) 307-1668

Waldorf Astoria GC

R

Orlando

(407) 597-5500

Golden Hills G & TC

SP

Ocala

(352) 629-7980

POLK COUNTY

Golden Ocala Golf & EC

(863) 956-4179

PV

Ocala

(352) 629-6229

Huntington GC

P

Ocala

(352) 347-3333

Juliette Falls GC

SP

Dunnellon

(866) 924-4047

Lake Diamond

SP

Ocala

(352) 687-1000

Marion Oaks CC

P

Ocala

(352) 347-1271

P

Ocala

(352) 854-0122

SP

Ocala

(352) 732-4653

Oak Run Golf Club Ocala Palms

Cypress Greens GC

SP

Lake Alfred

Cypresswood G&CC

PV

Winter Haven

(863) 324-6174

Cypress Lakes G & CC

SP

Lakeland

(863) 859-6871

Deer Creek Golf R

SP

Davenport

(863) 424-3153

P

Winter Haven

(863) 291-0930

Four Lakes Grasslands G & CC

PV

Lakeland

(863) 680-1600

The Hamptons GC

P

Auburndale

(863) 666-8442

Highland Fairways

PV

Lakeland

(863) 858-0947

Imperialakes G & RC

PV

Imperialakes

(863) 425-1154

Pine Oaks of Ocala

M

Ocala

(352) 401-6941

Rainbow’s End G&CC

SP

Dunnellon

(352) 489-4566

Rainbow Springs G&CC

SP

Dunnellon

(352) 489-3566

Royal Oaks GC

SP

Ocala

(352) 861-1818

Indian Lake G & CC

SP

Indian Lake Estates

(863) 692-1514

PV

Winter Haven

(863) 299-2683 (863) 324-4579

Rolling Greens Exec.

SP

Ocala

(352) 624-0511

Lake Henry GC

Stonecrest GC

SP

Summerfield

(352) 245-0565

Lake Region Y & CC

PV

Winter Haven

(352) 307-1766

Lake Wales CC

PV

Lake Wales

(863) 676-6519

Lily Lake Golf Resort

SP

Frostproof

(863) 635-2676 (863) 676-8558

SummerGlen GC

SP

Ocala

ORANGE COUNTY Bay Hill Club & Lodge

PV

Orlando

(407) 876-2429

Oakwood Golf Club

CC of Orlando

PV

Orlando

(407) 425-2319

Polo Park GC

P

Lake Wales

SP

Davenport

Dubsdread GC

M

Orlando

(407) 246-2551

(863) 424-3341

Polo Park East GC

P

Davenport

(863) 424-0093

Eastwood GC

SP

Orlando

Errol Estates

SP

Apopka

(407) 281-4653

Plant City GC

P

Plant City

(813) 752-1524

(407) 886-3676

Ridgewood Lakes

P

Davenport

(863) 424-8688

Fairways CC

SP

Falcon’s Fire

R

Orlando

(407) 282-7535

River Ranch GC

P

Lake Wales

(863) 692-1321

Kissimmee

(407) 239-5445

Skyview Golf & CC

P

Lakeland

(863) 665-4008

Sun Air Resort & CC

R

Haines City

(863) 439-4958

Sweetwater Golf & TC

SP

Haines City

(863) 956-5530

Walden Lake C & CC

SP

Plant City

(863) 754-8575

Willowbrook GC

M

Winter Haven

(863) 291-5899

Forest Lake GC

P

Ocoee

(407) 654-4653

The Golden Bear

PV

Orlando

(407) 876-1461

R

Orlando

(407) 239-4700

Isleworth

PV

Windermere

(407) 876-5944

Lake Nona GC

PV

Orlando

(407) 859-3402

Lake Orlando

P

Orlando

(407) 298-1230

North Shore

SP

Orlando

(407) 277-9277

Grand Cypress Resort

Orange County National

P

Winter Garden

(407) 656-2626

Orange Tree GC

PV

Orlando

(407) 351-2521

Rio Pinar CC

PV

Orlando

(407) 277-5520

Rock Springs Ridge

SP

Apopka

(407) 814-7474

Sweetwater CC

PV

Apopka

(407) 889-4666

P

Orlando

(407) 277-2640

Ventura CC

SEMINOLE COUNTY Casselberry GC Deer Run CC

P

Casselberry

(407) 699-9310

SP

Casselberry

(407) 699-9592 (407) 333-1469

CC at Heathrow

PV

Heathrow

Interlachen

PV

Winter Park

(407) 657-5220

Legacy Club at Alaqua

PV

Longwood

(407) 444-9995

Magnolia Plantation

SP

Lake Mary

(407) 771-4343

Mayfair CC

SP

Sanford

(407) 322-2531

Walt Disney Courses

R

Orlando

(407) 939-7746

Rolling Hills

SP

Longwood

(407) 834-6818

Wedgefield G & CC

SP

Orlando

(407) 568-2116

Sabal Point CC

SP

Longwood

(407) 869-4622

West Orange CC

PV

Winter Garden

(407) 656-1914

Twin Rivers

SP

Oviedo

(407) 366-1211

SP

Longwood

(407) 862-5113

Winter Park Municipal

M

Winter Park

(407) 623-3339

Wekiva GC

Winter Pines GC

P

Winter Park

(407) 671-3172

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GOLFER’S GUIDE NEWS Local Golf News from the Central Florida Area

Fall/Winter 2010-11

Two Golf Myths for the New Golfer There are a few myths that show up on the lesson tee from time to time. These myths are passed on from generation to generation, and can have a harmful effect on your golf swing. I have chosen two of the most common myths to debunk: No. 1 – You should always keep your head down No. 2 – You have to ‘get under’ the ball to get it airborne Do any of these sound familiar? Are you currently trying to incorporate any of them into your golf swing. Myth No. 1 A very common fix offered by sympathetic golf buddies and spouses is “Keep your head down.” In reality, this hurts your game far more than it helps. When golfers keep their head down through the swing, any chance of getting into a good balanced finishing position is lost. Look at the photo of the two finishes.

Written by David Graham Certified Instructor, Faldo Golf Institute

her head down during the swing. Notice how, by keeping my head fixed, my golf swing is restricted and I’m unable to transfer my weight onto my left side. I drew a vertical line from my left foot up through my body. Notice the difference between the two swings. By allowing the head to turn with your chest so that you’re watching the ball in flight, versus looking at the divot where the ball used to be, your entire body can rotate to the target and finish in a good, balanced position. Myth No. 2 The idea that you must get under the ball to get it airborne is the root cause for many chilly dipped and thinned wedge shots around the green. Golf is a brilliant game of opposites. You want to hit down on the ball to make the ball go up. If you try to swing up on the ball, you’re actually raising the club up into the ball. As a result, you will either bottom the club out too early (a fat shot) or work the leading edge of the club up so you will strike the ball in the equator ( a thin shot). Notice the photo of the two impact

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■ LAKE MARY PREP SENIOR WINS CITY TITLE A 17-year-old senior at Lake Mary Prep was not very kind to his elders on Sunday in the Lake Mary City Golf Championship at Timacuan Golf Club. Owen Curry shot an even-par 72 from the back tees over the Ron Garl design to win the city title by two shots over runner-up Jay Sampsell. John Henry was third at 76. “I didn’t make as many putts as I would have liked, but overall I played pretty well,” said Curry, a member at Heathrow Country Club and a native of Colchester, England. “Timacuan is a great golf course and is in good condition. It is a strategic layout. You have to play the par fives well, and if you do that you shoot a good score.” Curry had 14 pars to go with two birdies and two bogeys. He secured the title with birdies on 10 and 12. Finishing tied for fourth at 78 were Chris Parone and Josh Strausbaugh, followed by Mike Shields at 79. Other winners were: Overall Low Net Russell McLatchey – 66 A FLIGHT Low gross – 76 Andrew Sigler Low net – 69 Carl Isbell

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B FLIGHT Low gross – 80 Andy Bailey Low net – 66 Nathan Roque C FLIGHT Low gross – 96 Roger Stoudt Low net – 73 Hector O Timacuan Golf Club is a semiprivate course that has been ranked as high as No. 14 in Florida. It features a Scottish flavor on the front nine and a Carolinas Low Country feel on the back nine. For more information, call 407-321-0010, ext. 2, or visit www.golftimacuan.com ■ NEW TURF, SAME GREAT LAYOUT AT SOUTHERN DUNES Haines City’s award-winning Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club has re-opened with new Champion Bermuda Dwarf greens, the result of an unexpected improvement project that closed the course for much of the summer. Grain has yet to take hold, and the greens are rolling as well as any course in the Orlando area. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Champion Dwarf, it is very dense and aggressive grass that makes for a beautiful putting surface, allowing courses to maintain higher green speeds year round. The added bonus to Champion Dwarf is that overseeding is no longer required since the grass holds its color during the winter months in Florida. Many of the most prestigious courses in the Southeast are now installing Champion Dwarf including Seminole CC the No. 1 course in Florida. In 2011 “The Atlanta Athletic Club” will be the first course in over 30 years to host a “Major” (The PGA Championship) featuring Bermuda grass (Champion Dwarf) greens. New landscaping here and there FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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throughout the course will also accompany the newly renovated greens. The Champion Dwarf greens will only add to the popularity of this stunning course that has been consistently ranked among the nation’s best. If it has been a while since you have played Southern Dunes you will certainly want to put it on your play list the next time you visit Orlando. ■ FALCON’S FIRE GOLF DEBUTS NEW LOOK Falcon’s Fire Golf Club has debuted a new and improved look, further establishing it as one of Central Florida’s leading public-access coures. The $1.5 million renovation project is highlighted by resurfaced greens, a Championshiplength layout stretching to just over 7,000 yards and a remodeled clubhouse. As part of the golf course enhancement project, all greens were resurfaced with TifEagle variety of turf, an UltraDwarf Bermuda grass, providing golfers with faster, smoother putting conditions. Additional modifications to the course included the enlarging of bunkers, the reCoupons also available on golfersguide.com sculpting of FOR BEAUTIFULLY NATURAL GOLF fairways, FREE Rental Clubs! the $10 OFF Rack Rate! $5 OFF Twilight Rates creation of new 407-933-4055 www.kissimmeeoaksgolf.com run-off Expires 2/28/11 areas around certain greens, and installing an imRegular Rate Greens Fee proved Restrictions Apply • Expires 2/28/11 greens

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irrigation and drainage system. Further, with the construction of additional tee boxes on select holes, the course has been stretched to over 7,000 yards from the Championship tees, offering a fair challenge for golfers of all skill levels, while ensuring the shot-making skills of elite players are tested when playing from the tips. Complementing the exciting renovations is a new fleet of carts complete with a new GPS system. In addition to the new tee boxes, Falcon’s Fire has invested in a breadth of new maintenance equipment, which will improve the daily operation of the club, while ensuring a best-in-class conditioned golf course.

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■ STONEYBROOK WEST COME BACK TO OUR NEW FUTURE Since our purchase of the Stoneybrook West in late spring, we have been working diligently to improve every aspect of the property to provide each guest with an exceptional experience. Our maintenance team has been hard at work to improve the overall look and feel of the golf course. We’ve received many comments from our guests about how great the course looks and the improved quality of the entire facility. Recently we completed extensive work to resolve several long standing drainage issues. We have added a new fleet of Club Car golf carts and have completed many physical improvements in the clubhouse area – from tree trimming to refurbishing the golf shop. We are delighted to announce that our restaurant is now open and that we are ready to host daily lunch and events of any kind. Come see us for some our ‘themed’ evening dinners which have become a big neighborhood hit. We are proud to be part of the Celebration Golf Management team and urge you to visit our other courses in the area including the Celebration Golf Club, Kings Ridge Golf Club, Legends Golf and Country Club and our newest property, the Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Point in Windermere. The CGM team is currently establishing a reservation center being built to assist you in making tee times at any of our properties. The center will be opening in the 4th quarter and we want you to come get to know us and let us Create Great Memories for each of you. So please take time to come visit to the new Stoneybrook West Golf Club… it will be a whole new future!

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hey don’t make professional athletes and husbands like the great Byron Nelson anymore. That’s the resounding message passed along by Peggy Nelson, Byron’s wife of 20 years, in her loving tribute to the man she worshiped and the time they spent together. “Life with Lord Byron: Laughter, Romance, and Lessons Learned from Golf’s Greatest Gentleman” chronicles the couple’s relationship and the lessons they taught each other in touching detail. Peggy provides first-hand stories of Byron’s compassion, kindness, humility and competitive fire, and compiles a wide-range of tales from friends, family and fellow golfers. Byron won 52 PGA Tour tournaments during his brilliant but brief career, including five major championships. A humble hero, he exited the professional golf scene to pursue other interests and avoid some of the attention his fame required. “(Byron) didn’t consider himself famous, he would just say a lot of people know me,” Peggy relayed from Fairway Ranch just outside of Dallas. “He always tried to be very patient and one of the things I admired most about him was one of the reasons he left the Tour early. The pressure from media and fans had reached such a level, and there was so much attention, he was concerned he might be unkind to someone.” 76

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Byron’s most notable achievement on the golf course came during the 1945 season, when he won an unprecedented 11 consecutive PGA Tour events, and 18 of 35 overall. He would finish second an astonishing seven times in the same year, and set a record for scoring average of 68.33 which stood until a guy named Tiger Woods broke it in 2000. But above all, the most important aspect of Byron’s life was the relationships he formed with people and his relationship with God. Peggy hammers home the point that Byron never forgot where his talent came from, and took every opportunity to change the lives of those he encountered for the better. For a man with so much influence and fame, his humility was heaven sent. “Humility is something you have to work at,” Peggy said. “Other people’s perception of you will be very closely tied to how you behave in the small moments as well as the big ones. Sometimes there are heroes that are really genuine heroes through and through.”

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