Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 2888 Southern Dunes Boulevard, Haines City, Florida
- Year: 1993
- Architect: Steve Smyers
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,227 yards, Par 72, 75.5 Rating/138 Slope
- Blue: 6,803 yards, Par 72, 73.3 Rating/126 Slope
- White: 6,298 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/129 Slope (Men), 76.5 Rating/140 Slope (Women)
- Gold: 5,633 yards, Par 72, 68.0 Rating/120 Slope (Men), 72.5 Rating/126 Slope (Women)
- Red: 4,987 yards, Par 72, 68.5 Rating/118 Slope
As I mentioned in the Florida trip report, I had a good reason to head down to Florida in late October. The wife had a conference for work and we had both gotten past a big deadline for our jobs! So we headed down to the Sunshine State. The first course I would play was Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club. You can see all the particulars of the course above.
The course is interesting for Florida. It features 100 feet of elevation change, which I was not expecting. Per their website, they have received some acclaim from the golf media. A good chunk of this seems to be related to the bunkering. Other than that I couldn’t get a ton of information on the course so let’s just get into it!
One thing I enjoyed was the USB port in the cart. This was a nice feature I haven’t see before. I didn’t test it though, so I hope it worked!
Hole 1 – 350 yards – Par 4
The first hole is a normal par 4. Anything 200 or more down the middle works just fine here.
The second hole provides a real birdie opportunity. The bunkers are all on the outside of the fairway. A straight drive is needed here.
While the last hole was a birdie opportunity, this one will challenge you to make par. It plays slightly downhill, but that doesn’t really help on the yardage. You can see all the massive bunkers that need to be avoided. I really enjoyed the look of this hole.
This one can be reached in two with a good drive. We weren’t getting a ton of roll, but on a drier day I can see many people getting home. A good line is up the left side of the cart path.
This is a shorter hole, but some trouble lurks up near the green. There is plenty of room out there and you can clear the bunkers.
Another well laid out hole. The bunkers on the right are the main obstacle. If you can work a fade into this green you will be in great position.
This is a brute of a hole. It plays uphill most of the way. This one sets up well for my draw so I enjoyed it. The further left you can get it the closer you will be on the second shot.
This is one of the tighter tee shots to this point. The bunkers on the right are all in play and there are trees up the left.
The close of the front side allows for a birdie with some well struck shots. The landing area is blind, but a good line is up the middle from this view.
This hole bends to the left and favors a draw.
The third in a line of great par threes. This one plays downhill. You don’t want to go long.
The drive here is a little tougher than it looks. The pond on the left can come into play. A good line is up the left edge of the cart path.
This hole is uphill all the way making it play longer than the listed yardage. Focus here and hit one solid.
They didn’t leave a grain of sand out on this one. You can see the tiny sliver of the flag in the middle of the photo. Luckily it is a shorter shot and the sand probably won’t be trouble.
This hole gives you options. You can lay up with a long iron down the left side or you can go over the bunker with a fade to try and reach the green. The choice is yours.
While it is listed at less than 500 yards, it doesn’t play that short due to the uphill slope. The fairway is pretty wide so you can take a rip at the drive.
This is the last of the blind tee shots. Thankfully it is a pretty wide open fairway. As long as you keep it away from the left side you will be fine.
The final hole is not overly taxing. As long as you hit one solid you should have a good look at the green.
This was the first course on our trip to Florida. It was a good warm up for what I would be facing over the next two days. I would say that I really liked certain holes and others weren’t quite as memorable. I would have to agree with the praise showered on the bunkers. They were well designed throughout. Southern Dunes provided a fun round and for the Orlando area was a good bargain.