Streamsong Resort, Red Course

Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club

USA, Florida, Orlando
4.3 (3)
Designer: Steve Smyers
Course Opened: 1993

From the club website:

In 1993 Steve Smyers Golf Course Architect created something great from virtually nothing at Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club near Orlando, Florida.

A barren tract of land stretching through the citrus grove country of central Florida offered little towards the design of a golf course, other than wide open breezy highland. But with imagination and flair, Smyers fashioned a challenging and unique 18-hole layout.

While the site offered subtle changes in elevation, it was devoid of defining elements such as trees, streams or rolling hills. Boldly contoured fairways and greens were created by cutting into the land. Countless bunkers, swales and hollows were also formed, adding definition, drama and strategy to the golf course.

Reminiscent of Alister Mackenzie’s classic design at Royal Melbourne in Australia, Southern Dunes is noted for strategically placed bunkers that challenge the stronger player and guide the weaker. Large, flowing fairway bunkers turn holes, define landing areas, and create drama on all 18 holes.

“Not since Mackenzie or Tillinghast has a golf architect used bunkering to make such bold statements, express such flair, instill such fear.” ~ Ron Whitten, Golf Digest Architectural Editor


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