By Bill Sangster

Okay golf aficionados here’s today’s quiz. Who knows on what coast of Florida Melbourne is found? It’s on the east coast, a/k/a Space Coast, where you’ll find Baytree National Golf Links.

My stop at Baytree National was my third visit to a Melbourne area golf course. It was interesting to see, that all three courses within a few miles of each other, had distinct differences that were mirror images of their ecological community.

Built in 1992, the championship course at Baytree National was designed by the World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player who understood the sensitive environment that bordered this course which presented him with an opportunity to build a links-style course that would add to its majestic beauty and preserve forever the open space so vital for this area.

Playing at over 7,000 yards from the tips, Baytree National is peppered with 82 white sand bunkers and omnipresent waste areas that replace cart paths on most holes.

The Dwarf Bermuda greens are of varying shapes and sizes that allow difficult, as well as easily accessible pin placements. These greens offer the golfer a unique change to the lightning fast greens found at most golf courses in this area.

The softness of the green’s texture requires a firm and consistent ball strike that will give the ball momentum to negotiate the difficult-to-see breaks along its path to the hole. The practice greens will give you a good chance to get the feel for the greens before you play. More