Golf News for Friday, October 25, 2013 | Travel

Stay and play for less at Highlands Reserve Golf Club near Orlando, a course unlike anything you would expect in Florida

DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Located 10 minutes southwest of Disney World, Mike Dasher's Highlands Reserve Golf Club is a golf course unlike anything you would expect in Florida.

The course sits on the edge of a long sand shelf called the Green Swamp Ridge near the town of Davenport, with elevations spanning 120 feet from top to bottom. Dasher's holes fairly dance around it, two-stepping from a high point at the first green all the way to the low basin of the 13th fairway.

Dasher's directive was to build an affordable, walk-able, and fun golf course for all to enjoy. Dasher used several methods to prevent monotony and claustrophobia on bordering holes.

Holes 13 through 17 are terraced into the side of gently rising bowl, separated by elevation, planted vegetation, and bunkering. Linear rows of pine trees similarly seclude sections of the parallel second and third and the 10th and 18th. Because Highlands Reserve Golf Club is situated on what's basically a giant sand hill, natural waste areas were available to Dasher wherever he needed them. Dasher's diverse, uncommon design punctuates the distinctiveness of the natural site.

For the average to beginner golfer, Highlands Reserve provides wide open fairways and forgiving landing areas. For low handicap golfer, the challenge comes in the vast undulating greens strategically placed throughout the course. In short, we are sure you will enjoy this unique taste of Florida golf unlike any other in the Orlando area.

With Highlands Reserve's stay-and-play package deal, your foursome pays just $146 per night. That means four golfers pay $36.5 for housing and $22 for cart fees. Just $58.50 each per person!

Price range: $146.

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