I haven’t played The Dunes Golf Club in years – since before the course was revamped in 2008 – so I thought I’d give it another try. Located in the unique sand hills of West Central Florida, the course features sand, sand, and more sand. As the Starter said, the course is called The Dunes for a reason. There are natural sand traps and waste areas on every hole. When I say waste areas and sand traps, I mean sand can become a factor on every shot you take. There is only one hole with a water hazard.
The course has a magnificent layout that takes you through the natural terrain of dunes and grasses. Tall pines shape the rolling, open fairways, and elevation changes separate this course from many others in the Bay area. The greens are large and undulating with several that have two or three tiers, making any putt tricky. Another thing that makes this course unique is the lack of houses, except for two or three holes where houses can be seen, but I doubt if they would ever come into play.
The Dunes has 5 sets of tees that range from 5000 to 7200 yards. There are tee recommendations for your skill level, and to enjoy the course more, you should choose wisely. The course was in great shape. The tee boxes and fairways were all nicely cut and in good condition as were all the greens. The sand traps were raked and even the waste areas were smoothed out thanks to courteous golfers.
The staff was very friendly and helpful from the Starter to the Ranger that patrolled the course to keep play moving. There is a large driving range with several target greens to practice your yardage. It also has a nice chipping and sand practice area as well as a good-sized putting green, which is also muli-tiered so you can practice the putts you might see on the course.
The carts are new, but there is no GPS, although they have yardage books and each scorecard has a hole description with tips on how to best play the hole. Pace of play was decent; we had a twosome and played in just under 4 hours, which was good for a Saturday morning. We had a two for one coupon and paid $35, which is a great deal for this course. Check ahead as they also have many other discounts.
The Dunes Golf Club is located in Weeki Wachee, a little over an hour from Tampa International Airport. I highly recommend that you take a day and make the drive as you will have an excellent experience on the course. For more information, directions, and tee times check out www.dunesgolfclub.com.