Grand Cypress Resort - The New Course
Brilliant day out.
Holidaying nearby and decided that we would play the course if affordable. It had also been recommended by someone a week previously in Spain. We (my son and I) booked online and managed to get 18 holes for the same price you would pay in the UK for a very average course. The clubhouse is very friendly and the prices affordable. At the tee we were asked whether we would mind someone joining us to make a three ball, which we happily agreed to. Best decision of the day! A very nice gentleman by the name of Dave Kargetta who turned out to be not only great company but a great teacher too, helping me with a few suggestions on the way around. The course is stunning...difficult to believe a links course in central Florida, but its true. The greens were good, but could have been better. We were lucky with the weather, the heavens opening just as we made our way to the 19th. Would I go again? yes! Would I recommend it to friends? Most definitely.
July 15, 2014
Great Course, Nice Change of Pace
I really enjoyed my time on this course. It is links style, although in lush green Florida, it is impossible to have a true links. Either way, it was great fun. I played by myself on a Friday after noon and flew through the round. A few greens were still not all the way back from aerating, but it didn't affect my round.
July 12, 2014
It's a great course, well manicured will recommend that when your in the Orlando area you play this course.
July 10, 2014
British Isles Recreated
Thanks to Golf Now I got a great rate to play the New Course at Grand Cypress. I have played the other courses here and although generally in fine condition, not too different from other courses closer to home at a better price.
After reading some nice comments about the "New" course at Grand Cypress, I made the 45 minute trek to play.
As always the free valet is nice and they take care of getting you onto the golf course.
Bought a bag of balls to loosen up and headed out to the range. It's nothing special, but in fine shape. I had plenty of grass to get a feel for how my swing was to be for the day and off to the 1st tee.
I was greeted there by a very cordial man and he invited me to the tee box so he could explain the 1st hole and the layout of the course, which looked outstanding from this position.
His information, for a first timer, was helpful as he explained double greens, different color flags for front and back nines, history of a few holes, some of which are loosely based on famous British Isles courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews. Then he disappeared and left me to it.
If I would consider a challenge, it would be the difference in length from the back to the next set of tees. It plays about 6800 from the tips, which is where I played from, but would have preferred around 6450. The 2nd set of tees only played 6100+ and I realized I would just be getting into more trouble playing the shorter course, so I stretched it out a bit and played the back tees. As it turned out, it wasn't a problem back there because the course was in such good condition that the ball rolled and the ground was hard, so it played quite a bit shorter than the 6800.
Interesting GPS system, as it gives a fly over of each hole. Not as helpful as I hoped, because it is quick and doesn't really show where to land on some of the blind shots, which I immediately found on #2 tee box!
The course was in great shape and each hole had a personality. I met a couple of nice kids from Sweden and we had a really nice round.
The fairways were well cut, kind of tight, which I like and quick. The greens weren't fast, but they played great. Take the time to read your putts because downhill and down grain gets pretty fast, pretty fast!
We got showered on, so rating the pace of play wouldn't be fair, but it appeared that on a busy day and with many non locals playing, I would think the pace could drag, so plan on 4 hrs minimum.
I could take the time to describe each hole played and all would be impressed, but instead I will just give this course a big thumb's up and end this little docudrama.
Pretty different style of play for this area as links golf doesn't really live here much, other than the International Course at Champion's Gate, so this was a really nice treat and a great day on the course.
Put this course on your "need to play" list and you won't be disappointed. Thanx Golf Now. I'll be going back soon!
Just my thoughts!
July 9, 2014
1st fairway is almost as wide as it is long. True links style fun golf in immaculate shape. Greens were aerated when we went and I've seen better jobs in that aspect but that did nothing to change my mind about this golf heaven.
July 9, 2014
Very fun course. Like St Andrews in Scotland. Unique Florida course.
July 4, 2014
A bit of Scotland
We loved the course. It was beautifully landscaped and we enjoyed most of the scotish touches. The only thing we did not enjoy were the rough patches designed into the concrete on the cart paths. It made for a very rough ride.
July 4, 2014
great course, some snobby employees.
Love this course. Well maintained, challenging and fun. When I checked in I asked if range balls were Included. Was told no because apparently golfnow users show up 4hours prior to tee time and hit them. I did not believe this and thought the statement rude. Those pesky cheap golfnow customers. Anyway he said a small bag of balls was $5 and a large bag $8, I think. I paid $5 and went to the range. No bags were available. Balls were stacked on the range for non-golfnow users I guess. Wasted $5 and glad I did not pay $8. Between travel and hotel this was not a cheap round of golf, and this guy's condescending attitude was the only blemish. Great course though.
July 3, 2014