Polk County’s golf courses provide some of the most affordable golf opportunities in the country (even during peak season). Golfers of all abilities should have no problem finding course options to suit their game, as the area features 34 public-access courses offering a total of 648 holes of golf. Many of the games top designers, including Donald Ross, Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, Steve Smyers and Ron Garl have left an indelible mark on the region, by providing a wide variety of course design styles, including spectacular resort layouts, undulating links-style courses and tree-lined parkland tracks.
With so many course offerings it is very difficult to pick our favorites, but when it comes to distinctive course design, one has to begin the conversation with Central Florida’s newest championship golf courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue. Streamsong Resort’s Red Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the Blue Course designed by Tom Doak utilize the natural contours, sand dunes and native grasses to offer a golf experience that is reminiscent of the links-style courses of the British Isles. Built upon reclaimed phosphate mining land, Streamsong’s courses are atypical of most Florida golf courses. The courses at Streamsong Resort trade palm trees, manicured flower beds, beach sand bunkers and house lined fairways for towering sand dunes, expansive waste areas, native grasses and sweeping vistas across the Central Florida horizon. Golf Publications world-wide continue to recog¬nize Streamsong as 36 of the most spectacular golf holes in the Southeastern United States. Golf Magazine ranked both courses as the #1 and #2 Best New Courses in 2012, and Golfweek Magazine ranked the courses among Top Resort Courses in the US, Streamsong Red (#12) and Streamsong Blue (#14).
Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club stretches out to mor than 7,200 yards from the championship tees and this demainding layout features high ornamental grasses and decorative plantings, paired with 180 distinctively colored bunkers that provide visual appeal throughtout your round of golf. Southern Dunes challenges golfers with more than 100 feet of elevation change, rolling fairways and large undulating greens that will greatly impact a golfer’s club selection.
The Club at Eaglebrook provides a challenging, but fair test of golf for players of all ability levels. Oak trees, numerous lakes and strategically placed mounding define the lush rolling fairways, and visually frame each hole as from the tee. Once you reach the fairway a premium is placed on your approach shot as Eaglebrooke features large undulating greens, many of which are well guarded by bunkers and waste areas.