By Bill Sangster

Sandridge Golf Club, a public course owned and operated by Indian River County, features two 18-hole layouts, both designed by acclaimed architect Ron Garl, who has designed and renovated over 250 courses around the world.

The Dunes course, opened to the public in 1987, is classic layout that winds around an old ridge that runs up the East Coast of Florida and was once used for mining operations. The Lakes course, opened to the public in 1992, features one of the toughest holes in South Florida, the par 4 14th. Players visit from around the globe to take a shot at the par 4 14th and its challenging island green.

“Vero is a great town, and the people at Sandridge are wonderful,” said Ron Garl in an email before my visit.” “I’m sure you will enjoy your day. The Dunes and Lakes are both popular and golfers have been enjoying playing them for more than 20 years.”

The twilight rate on the Lakes course at Sandridge Golf Club at 3 p.m. is $50. which draws many locals. A spacious putting green directly behind the clubhouse is a nice place to tune up the putter before heading to the driving range, located adjacent to the Dunes course first tee.

The Lakes course offers nine sets of tee boxes and a player-friendly course, with choices to move up so higher-handicap golfers can enjoy. The men’s White tees measure (66.5/117) – 6426 yards and women (70.9/134) – 5423 yards.

At first glance you’ll notice manicured fairways and above-average tees and greens, that roll fast and true on every putt. On the four par 3s, the bunkers, gassy swales and nearby water hazards will keep you focused or you’ll be chipping with a difficult recovery shot.

The third hole par 4 and the fourth hole par 5 share the same body of water on the front nine. The right side of the third has water running the entire length while the fourth has water in front of the tee box running almost to the 100-yard marker on the right side. The fourth green is raised with bunkers protecting the right front. The eighth hole par 3 has water to the left of the tee with wetland extending in front of the entire green. More