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A Days Golfing at Highlands Reserve
On our recent visit to Orlando it was suggested we try Highlands Reserve Golf Course. We were told that it was a good course to start with after a 9 hour flight from the U.K. With handicaps ranging from 18 – 24 our four ball decided to give it a try.
Heading east on I4 take the US27 exit heading towards Clermont. Continue past the lights at CR54 (Ronald Regan Parkway) and the course is situated on the left hand side a couple of minutes past Calabay Park. The entrance is well signed.
A gentle course with wide fairways and a good chance of playing 18 holes without
loosing a ball. This is not a flat course, it has plenty of hills but with a buggy it offers a very comfortable round. As well as a number of holes lined by pine trees the centre section holes 13 to 16 occupy a wide expanse on which the four holes run parallel to each other so care needs to be taken with bad hooks and slices. The course is surrounded by villas which I guess is ideal for golfers.
On arrival we were warmly greeted and our clubs set up in well maintained golf carts. A short wait for a tee off time and $45 per head and we were ready to start. A challenging putting area (Quite long with some interesting slopes) and range balls were available.
The first hole is well marshalled and tee off times were kept to well. Selections of tee positions greet you on the first but being keen not to show ourselves up too much we took the mid positions for the round. More adventurous players would tee off blind and turn the first hole into a more difficult dog leg left.
Holes 1 through 6 are quite individual with pleasing scenery and reasonably straight tee shots leave a good chance of playing to your handicap. Holes 7 to 9 however are quite challenging with vast expanses of sanded areas on your right which run for the majority of the holes lengths. Although these are not bunkers, so you can ground a club, the material is quite firm and to move the ball effectively a clean hit is the order of the day. This is more difficult as most of the time shots played from these areas require you to stand above the ball.
The back 9 starts with a trek past the club shop and over to the other side of the course. However the tenth is a very pretty hole with the only water on the course to the right of the tee but the water does not come into play except for those choosing the back tee position. Plenty of pine trees and the odd orange grove feature for the rest of your round.
Overall we enjoyed the day and the lady driving round the holes with refreshments was a welcome sight after the half way mark. The course was not too challenging and three of us managed to finish with our original balls in tact. Highlands Reserve is certainly good value for money and did not disappoint.
Author: Mike and Michelle Walden
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