Gunter’s Landing Golf Course

aGunter’s Landing is between Huntsvile and Gadsden on Route 1 on the north side of Guntersville Lake, midway between Chattanooga and Birmingham off I-59. In a state dominated by one of the most prolific golf course architects with the Robert Trent Jones Trail, here’s the one and only design by owner/developer Jimmy Kennamer. It plays to 6,883 yards, 148 slope from the back tees, but with four shorter sets of tees. It’s a very scenic layout routed over the hills and forested property along Lake Guntersville on Buck Island in the foothills of the Appalachians.

The routing at Gunter’s Landing Golf Course provides complete isolation as each hole is carved through the forests and homesites. The greens are excellent, quick and undulationg. A number of the holes run downhill with elevated tees…there’s nothing better than watching your tee ball sail forever! Some great par 3′s, a lot of uphill/downhill approach shots are required, it’s a scenic layout but target golf where course management is required.

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Audubon Park Golf Course

Audubon Park Golf CourseAudubon Park is located just southwest of downtown New Orleans on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, across from Tulane University, and is situated within Audubon Park and next to the Audubon Zoo.

The Audubon Park golf course originally opened in 1898, designed by John Charles Olmstead, and was redesigned in 2001 by Denis Griffiths. It’s an executive layout at 4,230 yards par 62, 64.4/96 ratings, and includes 12 par 3′s, four par 4′s, and two par 5′s, routed through fairways lined with huge oak trees, lagoons and wetlands in a scenic setting, yet in the middle of town. It’s very straightforward, up and back design with parallel fairways on flat land, and is usually good for a quick round under four hours, a good test for the short game, and rewards accuracy off the tee. 

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Southern Dunes Golf Club

Southern Dunes Golf ClubSouthern Dunes G&CC is located 20 minutes south of Walt Disney World, just 2 miles off I-4 at Rt 27 to the south, carved through a residential development. It’s a parkland style layout, routed over rolling terrain with 100 feet of elevation change, affording views of the fairways and over 180 bunkers, and one of the more challenging layouts in Central Florida.

The Southern Dunes Golf Club is well known as a man-sized layout with long par 4′s, large, fast and undulating greens, cavernous bunkering, but little water or wetlands in play. It was designed by Steve Smyers, opened in the early 1990′s, and plays to 7,227 yards, 75.5/138, course/slope from the tips, the white tees are 6,298 yards, 70.9/129, course/slope, with five sets of tees overall.

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