Don't miss the great golf between Orlando and Daytona Beach on the I-4 corridor

By Travel ArticlesDecember 4, 2012, 4:15 pm

Interstate-4 between Orlando and Daytona Beach is one of the most traveled thoroughfares in Florida. Visitors and residents in their cars packed with coolers, surfboards and beach toys head to one of Central Florida's most popular beaches, Daytona Beach, in droves.

What these beach lovers and some golfers may not realize are the significant number of excellent courses they're missing along the way. Best of all, if you decide to hit the links, you don't have to stray more than a few minutes off I-4 to tee off.

Here's a menu of places to play:

Walt Disney World tourist corridor

This area about a 20-minute drive southwest of downtown Orlando has a tourism infrastructure second to none with theme parks, attractions, restaurants, hotels and golf courses. Just off I-4 is a wide selection of courses that are easily accessible.

If you like the ambiance and amenities prevalent at resort courses, you're in luck. Among the high-profile resort golf complexes a couple of minutes or so off the exit ramps are:

ChampionsGate, a sprawling complex with two Greg Norman-designed layouts, the International Course and National Course, a world-class practice facility and David Leadbetter's Golf Academy.

Hawk's Landing Golf Club is a lush, well maintained layout designed by Robert Cupp Jr. that surrounds the towering Orlando World Center Marriott Resort hotel. Falcons Fire Golf Club is a Rees Jones Signature Design with lots of white sand bunkers, creative mounding and natural water hazards. Marriott's Grande Pines Golf Club is a course Steve Smyers designed in partnership with Sir Nick Faldo that features contoured fairways and several multi-tiered greens.

Downtown Orlando

Three miles north of downtown in the College Park neighborhood, which is peppered with mature oak trees, Dubsdread Golf Course has been a popular, affordable place to tee up since its opening in 1924. Three years ago, Dubsdread underwent an extensive enhancement program that dramatically modernized and elevated the entire facility.

About a 10-minute drive away is Lake Orlando Golf Club, an economically priced layout designed by Lloyd Clifton in 1971 just off Lee Road. Dominated by tall cypress trees, dense native foliage and lakes, Lake Orlando has a defined Central Florida character.

Suburbs north of Orlando

Farther north, about a 15-minute drive, are some of the Orlando area's most popular suburb towns, such as Longwood, which has lots of restaurant and shopping options once the last putt has been holed for the day.

The upscale Longwood -- with its tree-lined streets, landscaped yards and palm-dotted golf course communities -- is home to the RDV Sportsplex, where the NBA's Orlando Magic practices.

The community has an excellent selection of golf courses for one its size, including: Sweetwater Golf & Country Club, a Lloyd Clifton design with beautiful oak trees and fairly tight fairways. Watch out for the 'Loch Ness Monster.' No, not that one. Sweetwater's, which has the same name, comes in the form of a mammoth, 625-yard par 5 that double-doglegs around a picturesque lake.

Wekiva Golf Club is a Ward Northrup design with moss-draped oaks and lakes that has the feel of a nature preserve with golf holes.

For a private club experience, the Gary Player/Karl Litten-designed Alaqua Country Club has some spectacular elevated tees, towering trees, wildlife such as deer and wild turkeys, and exceptional maintenance standards.

Lake Mary to Deltona

Located 18 miles north of Orlando, Lake Mary, with its many high-tech and communications companies, is one of Florida's fastest growing suburban areas. Among the celebrities who live in Lake Mary are PGA Tour golfer Chris DiMarco, ESPN sports broadcaster Lee Corso and former head coach of the Orlando Magic, Stan Van Gundy.

You might see the celebs on local popular layouts such as Timacuan Golf Club -- a Ron Garl/Bobby Weed design that opened in 1987 with impressive mounding and innovative bunkering -- and Magnolia Plantation Golf Club, a lush course designed by Dave Harmon bordering the Wekiva River wilderness area.

Back on I-4 driving north, don't miss the Debary Golf and Country Club in the small town of Debary. Often chosen as a U.S. Open Qualifying site, this Lloyd Clifton layout has just one water hazard, rolling fairways and most of the holes are set away from homes by a buffer of woods and vegetation.

Five miles away in Deltona, the Deltona Club, which opened in 2008, is a Bobby Weed design with sweeping waste areas and strategic mounding throughout the layout.

In Deland, the tree-laden college town that's home to Stetson University, Victoria Hills Golf Club, designed by Ron Garl, is aptly named. It's un-Florida-like elevation changes and rolling hills set it apart from most other courses in the central part of the state, and the hundreds of Augusta pines and oak hammocks and lakes give it beauty and challenge.

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Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
(1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
(32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
(38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
(48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
(52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
(60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
(5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
(30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
(18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
(46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
(53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
(9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
(26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
(33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
(58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
(13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
(29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
(39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
(61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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Watch: Bubba hits 366-yard tee shot ... with an iron

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 6:47 pm

You know Bubba Watson is plenty long off the tee. And when you put a little wind to his back and let him hit downhill, the ball is bound to travel a great distance.

But, still, this is a 366-yard tee shot at the par-4 ninth hole at Austin C.C. ... with an iron. Yeah, it runs for a long time. But, again, 366 ... with an iron.

Watson won the hole with a par and made the turn, 2 up, in his Day 2 match against Marc Leishman at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.

Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

"I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

"I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

“This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

  • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
  • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
  • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.