Timacuan Golf Club
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
Phone(s): (407) 321-0010
Fax: (407) 323-6671
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Lake Mary Timacuan is a Ron Garl designed course. The front nine is reminiscent of a Scottish links-style course, with wide open fairways, rolling hills and deep bunkers. Watch the wind and keep it low!
Waste bunkers garnish the back and water comes into play on several holes. In a poll, GolfWeek Magazine ranked Timacuan the 14th best course in the state. Bobby Weed renovated the course in 1996. The course is located just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and winds through beautiful lakes and wooded areas.
Hole No. 2 is rated as "most challenging in Central Florida"
Golf course details
- Holes: 18
- Designed by: Bobby Weed, Ron Garl
- Public/Private: Public
- Year opened: 1987
- Golf Season: Year round
- Guest Policy: Welcomed
- Tee times welcomed: Yes
- Fairways: Bermuda Grass
- Greens: Bermuda Grass
- Pro in house: Yes
- Driving range: Yes
- Rental clubs: Yes
- Rental carts: Yes
Green fees price ranges
- Week days: $34 - $49
- Weekends: $44 - $59
- Tee times from $22 - Check prices
- Metal spikes allowed: Soft spikes only
- Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
- Credit cards accepted:
Length, slope and rating for each tee
One area of Orlando that is often overlooked for golf is Seminole County, north and west of downtown. After a recent visit to the area and the opportunity to play both some public and private courses, I find that hard to believe. The topography of the land is not what you typic see in Florida – flat and boring; it has some roll and undulation to it – naturally! That can make for some interesting golf shots, especially the dreaded uneven lie.
Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary Florida is another special Ron Garl design. This semi-private, championship layout has been recognized as one of the purest and most enjoyable tests of golf in Central Florida. Both The USGA and The PGA TOUR have used Timacuan for their US Open and Tour School qualifiers. Well-known Florida golf course architect Ron Garl designed the original course which opened in 1987; it was renovated by Bobby Weed in 1996, primarily to deal with some drainage issues. Even after all these years, Timacuan remains true to Garl’s original goal: "To design and build a memorable course that challenges players to excel and that everyone can enjoy."
Number 2 (par 4, 389 yards) is by far the course’s most challenging hole and understandably the #1 handicap. Your tee shot plays over water to an island fairway. Your tee shot is everything on this hole; finding the fairway – or at least your golf ball – is a win on this hole. You’ll need to contend with the water on your approach shot as well and an extra club is recommended as the shot plays longer than you think. Island greens are a Ron Garl signature; however, Number 7 is a little different. This 216-yard par 3 features a green surrounded by sand. Hit it short and at least you’ll get your ball back!
This is just one of several course you can play in Seminole County; there are several more listed under the golf tab on their website. You’ll also find that the greens fees at the public-accessible courses tend to be considerably less than what you’ll find at courses out near the theme parks.
When you’re not on one of Seminole County’s fine golf courses, there is plenty to do in the area without hitting one of the nearby theme parks! Eat, drink, and shop in Historic Sanford, visit the Central Florida Zoo, go kayaking in search of manatees or just sit outside and soak up that Florida sun. Seminole County is flush with restaurants too, offering just about every cuisine imaginable.