By Bill Sangster

Heading out to Daytona Beach Golf Club from The Villages required a trusted GPS system and some patience traveling county roads 81 miles across half the State of Florida. The Daytona Beach Golf Club is located on the east side of Rte 95 and is easily accessible from both Rte 92 and Rte 400. Situated on South Ridgewood Avenue, it’s a golfer’s oasis surrounded by busy city streets and mini malls to the south and east.

A visit to the pro shop found a variety of golfing attire and equipment throughout the shop that is arranged in such a way that you just want to buy everything. The staff was courteous and helpful and are there to make your day an enjoyable one.

Today’s round was played on the 18-hole South Course from the white tees. The 18-hole North Course was closed for maintenance work which added a little more business to just this one course today.

The South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club, designed by Donald Ross, is a classic layout highlighting the legendary architect’s famed turtle-backed greens. The greens complexes, small by modern standards, challenge players to hit the proper spots on the approach, and gauge speed and break properly once they’ve arrived on the putting surface.

The layout, a par 71, is easy to walk and features only three par 5s. The 4th, 5th, and 6th holes require a short trip across the railroad tracks that split these holes from the rest of the front 9. The 8th hole, a 424-yard par 4, is the layout’s toughest hole. There isn’t a surplus of water on the South Course, but the par 3 9th, which plays 155 yards from the tips, requires a carry over a pond.

The back nine has its own unique par 3 12th hole which plays 184 yards with water lining the front of the green. The 12th, 13th and 14thholes also have railroad tracks along their right sides. It’s not uncommon for a train to past by drawing your attention away from your next shot as you wave to the conductor. More