By Bill Sangster

Located only 23 miles north of Orlando, Eagle Dunes Golf Club is unlike many courses in the Sunshine State that were carved out of the native wetlands. This is sprawling with a links feel. built on rolling terrain amid large sand dunes surrounded by a natural setting that enhances the beauty of Central Florida’s Lake County.

Mike Dasher created Eagles Dunes to challenge and excite golfers while still making it fun. Eagle Dunes Golf Club has received great praise from many golfers since opening in 2003. Golfers appreciate its elevation changes, well maintained greens, and beautiful fairways. Golf Digest gave Eagle Dunes a four-star rating in the 2008-2009 edition of its “Best Places to Play” guide.

The course is challenging from the tips, but six sets of tees and the wide fairways make it playable for golfers of all ability levels. The course plays 7,024 yards from the Black tees, with a USGA rating of 73.7/slope 131; Gold tees 6588 yards/rating 71.6/slope 124; White tees 6073 yards/rating 69.3/slope 119; Combo tees 5666 yards/rating 68.8/slope 118; Blue tees 5615 yards/rating 68.1/slope 116; Red tees 5277 yards/rating 70.1/slope 114. Fairways and roughs are Bermuda Grass while greens are TifEagle Bermuda grass.

The pro shop and snack bar are located just off the parking lot and sit at the top of the hill giving the golfers a panoramic view of the course. The current fee structure is weekdays $45-$50 and weekends $45-$60 including carts and range balls. Membership is limited to property owners. Most golfers use the reservation system for tee times.

Water comes into play on four holes. Par is protected at Eagle Dunes by the huge waste areas and bunker complexes on nearly every hole, and there usually is at least a slight breeze to factor into the equation. The fairways are wide and undulating allowing plenty of room for an errant tee or approach shot. More