Shape Heaven Golf Club

The club’s practice facilities are extensive. The large putting green prepares golfers for the course’s challenges: it has no flats. The raised green can be approached from either side or from the adjacent large bunker. The range features small greens nearby for short iron practice and the usual long-range flags to test your skills in the woods.

The course has six tees and can be played from under 5,000 yards to over 7,000 yards. Its combination of water, sand and trees provides challenge and subtle beauty. Still true to Dick Wilson’s original design, it has water on all but two of the holes. The Bullet is nestled among the best and toughest new hybrids available today. The Celebration Bermuda grass fairway rewards excellent hitting position and fast undulating Tiff Eagle greens for even the best short game. When it was new, it was rated one of the 200 toughest golf courses in the world; today, it has a rating and slope of 74.5/141 on championship tees. The recreational golfer enjoys this while the low handicappers shake their heads and promise each other, “Next time…”

Pinecrest Golf Club

Pinecrest Golf Club was designed in 1926 by world-renowned golf course architect Donald Ross. In 1959, it hosted the first nationally televised PGA Tour event, featuring the likes of Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead. A true golf club – not a country club – Pinecrest is set among beautiful orange groves and borders three different lakes. Like most Ross courses, Pinecrest has relatively open fairways, tricky approaches and challenging greens. The fairness of the course and the friendly atmosphere of the pro shop and clubhouse have made us a favorite of serious, dedicated golfers over the years.

Pinecrest Golf Club has an interesting par 55 layout that covers all but one par 4 par 3. It’s played more like a traditional course than just putt and putt. At 2,235 yards, this is a good trail. While it’s probably not what you’re looking for if you want an impressive round, it’s perfect for your short game. The greens are average in size and speed, but there are some subtle interruptions that can make them quite challenging. The sand on the course is sparse but well positioned, and you’ll run into the occasional water hazard. Pinecrown G.C. is a great place if you’re just learning the game, but it’s also a great option if you want a quick, affordable round.

Cypress Bay Golf Club

Cypress Lakes Golf Club is a scenic Pensacola golf course through pine, oak and magnolia trees. Dozens of bald and Leland cypresses combined with more than 300 crape myrtle and 500 rhododendrons, the entire golf course is absolutely breathtaking in the spring. This is an atypical Florida golf course as it has some hilly terrain, although there are less than a handful of blind shots.

Cypress Lakes Golf Club, formerly Solutia Golf Club, is a scenic golf course through pine, oak and magnolia trees. Dozens of bald and Leland cypresses combined with more than 300 crape myrtle and 500 rhododendrons, the entire golf course is absolutely breathtaking in the spring. This is not a typical Florida golf course as it has some hilly terrain (less than a few blinds).

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