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JOURNEY PLANNER

FLIGHTS

Orlando Sanford International
Monarch Airlines

WHERE TO STAY

Streamsong resort
W: streamsongresort.com


Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa 
W: sawgrassmarriott.com

Reunion Resort Kissimmee
W: reunionresort.com

Gasparilla Inn & Club,
Gasparilla Island
W: the-gasparilla-inn.com

South Seas Island Resort
on Captiva

W: southseas.com

WHERE TO EAT

619 Ocean View at the Cabana Beach Club
W: cabana-beach-club-dining


Vernon’s at Sawgrass  
W: vernons

Forte at Reunion Resort
W: forte

Omni at Champions Gate
W: Omni at Champions Gate

Gasparilla Inn & Club
W: Dining at Gasparilla Inn

Harbourside Bar and Grill at South Seas Island Resort
W: Harbourside Bar and Grill

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar
and Grille on Captiva

W: docfordscaptiva.com

THINGS TO DO

Orlando
Wild Florida Airboat
& Wildlife Park
W: wildfloridairboats.com

Captiva Island
Sundowner at the Mucky Duck on Captiva Island
W: muckyduck.com

St Augustine
St Augustine Distillery
W: staugustinedistillery.com

 

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Florida, USA

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, 4th hole


Above: Water plays a part on every hole and this is the semi island geen at the297-yard 4th hole

It's the last day of our trip and we have a double header today. First up is the Dunes which is part-owned by South Sea Resort. Now if you like island greens and plenty of water you are going to love the Dunes. But if you are prone to losing a golf ball or three, this will be a challenge. I play off a 5 handicap and lost three balls to the liquid beast. My advice would be to buy a dozen very cheap golf balls. Water is such a feature here that the practice range is a lake that you hit floating balls into!

There are some great little holes on this track with plenty of risk-and-reward. Island greens, island fairwaysÖthis course has the lot, with plenty of wildlife to see on the back nine that has been designated a wildlife preserve by the Audubon Cooperative Society.

I donít get to see an alligator, but there is a majestic osprey with a fish that most fishermen would be proud to pose with. This fella isnít posing and when I approach my ball on the green at the 187-yard par-3 17th he decides itís time to pick up his fish and soar off. Itís an amazing sight.

The Dunesí finale is a 458-yard 5, which has an island green. If you get a good drive away you can go for it, but itís a tough green to hold. But as I said this is a fun track and I think you should treat it that way, unfortunately I have hit a nice snap hook and make the green with my third shot.

The Dunes is not a long course, measuring 5,583 yards from the back tees down to 4,878 from the golds. But what designer Mark McCumber has achieved is making golf strategy key. I would suggest you play with a member so you get to know the lay-up zones. If like us you turn up as a group, then heading to the pro-shop for some cheap lake balls would be a good move.

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, 18th hole

A fitting finale at the 458-yard 18th with yet another island green to aim for.

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, 5th holespacerThe Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, 11th holespacerThe Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, 12th hole

Island life at the 349-yard 5thspacerDid I say there was water? 11thspacerLooking back down the 12th



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