Architect Ron Garl has been designing courses since the early 1970s and around a third of his activity (involving more than eighty courses) has taken place in the state of Florida. The 18-hole layout at Victoria Hills is one of his more celebrated projects in the Sunshine State and it’s garnered a number of awards from a variety of golf publications since it opened at the start of the new millennium.
Described by one commentator as having “a feeling of courses in the Carolinas,” the Victoria Hills course is set out on a gently undulating landscape and its sandy-soiled fairways are routed around Augusta Pines, majestic oaks and stands of other mature trees. Water comes into play at several of the holes, most notably on the stretch between the 13th and 17th.Highlight holes include the par threes at the 3rd and 7th and the par five 15th, where water threatens both the tee shot and the approach to the green. Both nines conclude with demanding par fives; the 552-yard 9th doglegging downhill to the right and the 554-yard heading uphill towards the clubhouse.