Recently, The Golfing Dad’s had a chance to play The Deltona Club.  The golf course is located only a few minutes off Interstate 4 in Deltona, FL.

Built in 1964, the course was original know as Deltona Hills Golf and Country Club. According to the website, Deltona was redesigned in 2008 by Bobby Weed to include new sand “blowouts” and 250 new trees.

The course claims to be one of Florida’s top 20 most popular golf courses. There are no water hazards on the course. Instead, the redesign put sand traps strategically placed throughout the course. The website states players will find tough uphill, downhill, and sidehill lies. There are multi-tiered and undulating greens. Additionally, the course sprawls over rolling hills that provide elevation changes.

The area we used on the driving range was poor to lousy. If the course had let us go back two paces, we would have been of grass similar to a fairway. There were markers on the driving range to signify distances of 50 to 250 yards.

The Deltona Club has two small putting greens. One is located near the first tee and the other is located near the 10th tee. Both had crab grass growing on the green. If a practice putt was hit and avoided the crab grass, then the greens were fast. Unfortunately, the greens were too small to practice the long putts that we experienced on the course. There was a sand bunker near the 1st tee however there was not an area for chipping.  Overall, it was a very disappointing practice area.

Unlike many courses, Deltona lists the tee boxes by Roman numeral. There are 5 tee boxes (from I to V) that are set up to test a player’s skill level on this Par 72 course. Tee I is 6,988 yards and has a slope of 144 with a 79.9 rating. Tee II is equally tough with a slope of 136, rating of 77.9, and 6,517 yards. Tee III is 5,977 yards and has a slope of 130 plus rating of 75.3. Finally, we get below par with Tee IV. The 5,399 yards play to a 70.5 rating and 123 slope. Tee V is only 4,678 yards and plays to a rating of 66.3 and slope of 112. All Par 3 holes are longer than 172 yards from Tee I. There are 3 Par 4 holes measuring under 361 yards. Otherwise, the Par 4 holes range between 405 yards and 464 yards. Other than Hole 16, the Par 5 holes aren’t particularly long.

Tee areas were in need of a lot of maintenance. Many tee boxes were bare and down to dirt. Fairways were in average shape but Central Florida hasn’t had a lot of rain and has experienced several overnight lows in the low 30s. Even some daytime temperatures rose to only mid-50 degrees. Rough was dormant but in okay shape. Areas around the greens were in good shape and well maintained. 

The biggest visual on the golf course is sand bunkers. On every tee shot, sand enters into a player’s strategy on where to hit the ball. Even from the fairways, sand is always in front of the player. Overall, the quality of the bunkers is average. The bunkers appear to be played as waste bunkers and we found many footprints in the sand.

We found several holes on each side to be noteworthy.

  • The first hole is a pretty pedestrian Par 4 but measures 442 from the back tees. Hitting the fairway is a necessity if a player wants to have a chance to go for the elevated green.
  • Hole 2 is a good golf hole that requires positioning off the tee on this dogleg right and control to an elevated green sloping from right to left. Down the right hand side of the fairway is a long bunker and trees to prevent a player from cutting the corner on this 431 yard Par 4.
  • Hole 4 is the number 1 handicap hole and measures 461 from the back tees. After hitting down to the fairway, players must hit up to a large undulated green. A Par 4 on this hole will probably win a skin.
  • Hole 5 is a short Par 5 (518 yards) but distance isn’t the issue. Even with a good tee shot, players going for the green in 2 must negotiate a large bunker in front of and to the right of the green. This green is elevated well above the fairway.
  • Hole 8 is a short Par measuring 330 from the back tee. After a straight tee shot, players hit into a green that slopes left to right and is downhill from the middle of the green to the right fringe.
  • Hole 11 is a long Par that measures 242 from the back tees. The green is quite large and has lots of undulations. The tee shot is basically downhill and has a large tree protecting the left side of the green.
  • Hole 12 is a 423 Par 4 but has a large bunker on the left side of the fairway. This just happens to be the direction a player might want to shoot to cut the corner. The 2nd shot is played to an elevated green and protected by a couple of bunkers on the right side.
  • Hole 14 is another long Par 3 that measures 230 from the back tees. The green is elongated and has a large hump in the middle of the green. There are many undulations on this green. Get a 3 here and move happily to the next hole.
  • Hole 16 is a Par 5 that is 576 yards long. A good tee shot could allow a player to go for the green in 2 but there is a bunker on the left side of the fairway that extends down towards the green.
  • Hole 17 is the number 2 handicapped hole and is a good test of golf. Measuring 464 yards from the back tees, this Par 4 requires a tee shot to the left side of the fairway. Hitting to the green requires a player to hit to the middle of the green as the green slopes from front to back.

Most of the greens are elevated with a lot of pitch and undulations to contend with when hitting shots.  Greens were large and in good shape. Grass was well cut and faster than they appear.

Dad’s Say So, The Deltona Club is a great layout. The course has bunkers everywhere and requires a player to focus on the shot at hand rather than get too far ahead. With the majority of the greens above the fairway surface, players must hit the ball to the hole and not hope for a ball to roll onto the green. What the course lacks in Par 5 distance is more than made up with the Par 3 and Par 4 distances round even more enjoyable.  Based on its convenient location and layout, we look forward to our next round there.  The conditions were not the best in the area, but the layout makes up for it.  If you need to work on driving the ball in play and using every club in your bag you need to head to The Deltona Club. For more information or to book a tee time, contact the course at www.thedeltonaclub.com

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