Our Golf Course
Our golf course is one of the area’s oldest and most historic private golf courses. Founded in 1959, and boasting three Golf Hall-of-Famers as Founding Members, the opportunity to play the course of masters awaits.
6 Sets Of Tees
The course has six sets of tees, and can be played from under 5,000 yards to just over 7,000 yards. Its water, sand and trees combine to provide challenge as well as subtle beauty. Still true to Dick Wilson's original design, it boasts water on all but two holes. Balls cuddle into the best and hardiest of today's new hybrids. The Celebration Bermuda grass fairways reward excellent shot placement and fast, undulating, Tiff Eagle greens challenge even the best short games. When new, it was ranked in the 200 toughest courses in the world; today, its rating and slope from the championship tees are 74.5/141. Casual golfers can enjoy its pleasures, while low-handicappers shake their heads and promise themselves "Next time...."
At One With Nature
The Cypress Lake golf course is unusual among area golf courses in that it is set on a rectangular piece of land with no residential areas except on its external boundaries. While most members use carts, the layout makes it ideal for the golfer who enjoys walking. Wildlife find it an agreeable home site, and golfers share the course with great blue herons, egrets, ibis, an occasional alligator, several varieties of large turtles, our resident ospreys, and many other creatures that seem to understand that passing humans are no threat to them.
1959 Dick Wilson Design
The course was designed in 1959-1960 by Dick Wilson (1904-1965), a contemporary and respected rival of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Many of Wilson's major renovations and original designs are well-known today: New York's Shinnecock Hills, Florida's Seminole, Bay Hill in Orlando, the Blue Monster at Doral, La Costa (California), Cog Hill # 3 - Dubsdread in Chicago, Laurel Valley in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, and the Lakeside Course (now The Meadows) at The Greenbrier. His work is characterized by lakes, open fairways, and elevated greens slanted toward the fairways and defended by bunkers, so that the front of the green is open but an accurate shot is needed to reach the back.
Continuing Course Renovations
In 2001, the golf course was completely renovated under the direction of golf course architect Ron Garl, who restored many Dick Wilson's original design elements, as well as adding unique 'signature' features of his own. The irrigation system was replaced and extended; 7,000 truckloads of fill were brought in to raise and recontour the fairways in order to improve the drainage. The driving range was substantially lengthened and widened; Tiff Eagle greens were grown in. The $2.7 million project converted an excellent golf course into an outstanding experience.
Outstanding Practice Facilities
The club's practice facilities are extensive. A large putting green prepares the golfer for the challenges of the course: it hasn't a flat spot on it. The elevated pitching green can be attacked from both sides, or from the large adjoining sand trap. The range features small greens close in for short iron practice as well as the usual distant flags to measure prowess with the woods.
The Cypress Lake Instruction program has something in it for everyone. From juniors and beginners to the experienced player, our program has the learning environment you need to improve your game. With 3 PGA/LPGA Professionals on site, we offer individual instruction, clinics, golf schools, multiple lesson packages and much more. Also, available to the students is all the technology needed to train like the top golfers in the world.
- Blast Motion
- Eyeline Golf
- Perfect Putter and more!
On its own, the practice facilities are impressive. A full driving range, dedicated short game range which includes a green side bunker and a massive practice putting green, the opportunity to sharpen your game is here. Add to that the opportunity to train with a PGA/LPGA Professional and you are sure to improve.
David Guy, Director of Instruction
Jon Pazdera, Head Golf Professional
David Carse, Assistant Golf Professional
Events & Programs
Club events and programs enable new members to become acquainted and involved as quickly as they choose. Men can sign up for the daily “Gangsome” and be assured of a weekly game. Ladies have their own “Gangsome” on Saturdays and compete in nine and eighteen-hole leagues.
Regular couples events, among them the Witches and Warlocks Mixer in October, the Guys and Dolls, the Valentine Mixer and the Divorce Open, provide opportunities for couples to meet and mingle over golf and dinner on Sundays. Stag Days for the men, and Doe Days for women, are opportunities to entertain guests with a friendly round of golf, dinner and drinks at reduced cost. A number of charitable pro-ams are held each year, and a full schedule of tournaments round out the calendar.
Our experienced Pro Shop staff manages the daily tee sheet masterfully to assure every member access to the golf course or you can go online to the "Back-Nine" to make your own tee times 7 days in advance.
Summer brings with it a strong junior golf program at Cypress Lake, a centerpiece of which is the Nolan Henke/Patty Berg Junior Masters golf tournament, which draws participants from every corner of Florida and many other states as well.
The club takes pride in its participation in reciprocal programs that permit members to play other area clubs at greatly reduced cost from May through October.
This area will be expanded over the summer.