Despite all of the chaos and craziness of the past year, the golf industry has continued seeing an upward trend in participation. According to the National Golf Foundation, the number of rounds played in 2020 were up more than 13%. Those are remarkably encouraging numbers considering the widespread shutdowns last spring that led to temporary or permanent closures of many public courses nationwide. Fortunately for Florida, course closures did not have as devastating of an impact on the community as other areas of the country experienced.
In fact, many area courses not only re-opened quickly but have been thriving ever since. So whether you are new to golf, new to the area or circumstances have simply allowed you to play more, consider these local course recommendations for your next golf outing.
Dubsdread Golf Course
Dubsdread has been Orlando’s home course since 1924. This 18-hole layout winds through Orlando’s historic College Park neighborhood and offers beautiful scenery along its narrow fairways. Fairly large greens are heavily protected by bunkers on nearly every hole. Don’t let the 6,153 yards from the tips fool you. This course is tough from just about any tee box. Even golf legends Sam Snead and Ben Hogan once graced Dubsdread’s fairways in the Orlando Golf Open. On your visit, be sure to grab a burger and a beer from the Tap Room located on premises.
Casselberry Golf Club
Built in 1947, Casselberry Golf Club offers one of the area’s oldest golf experiences. This picture-esque par 69 is complete with a tree-lined layout that features sneaky elevation changes. Small, “postage-stamp” style greens offer some of the truest rolling putts in town. Clever names adorn each hole, giving you an indication of what’s ahead. Long considered the home of “golf for everyone,” the course is fit for players of all ages. The fully-lit driving range allows for adequate practice time after daylight.
Winter Park Golf Course (9-holes)
Located in the heart of Winter Park, this par 35 is 2,480 yards of pure bliss. Surrounded by beautiful city streets, neighborhood homes and churches, the course is best enjoyed while walking. Pull carts are included and electric carts are available for those in need. You will want to bring every club in your bag, as the course features two friendly par 5s and a few potentially drivable par 4s. Originally built in 1914, the course underwent major renovations in 2016, making it one of the country’s most enjoyable 9-hole experiences. In 1999, the course was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Tee times are available to the public up to three days in advance.