The Deltona Club is a recommended stop off Interstate-4 on your way to or from Orlando.
The golf course had a "soft" opening in February to show off its completely new look, the result of a total renovation by designer Bobby Weed, who has done some impressive renovation work in Florida.
Deltona, formerly known as the Deltona Golf and Country Club, has been around for 40 years and has seen its share of ups and downs, as most courses that age have. In Florida, of course, that includes weathering hurricanes. The Deltona Club needed a facelift, by all accounts.
Weed re-grassed tees, fairways and all 18 greens, and lengthened the course, which is now over 7,000 yards from the "permission only" back tees. He planted more than 250 trees, installed a new irrigation system and drew up plans to move and expand the driving range.
But the biggest change evident to the golfer, and the one that adds the most obvious character, is the addition of the ubiquitous waste areas. Don't call them bunkers. There aren't any bunkers on the course, just the waste areas - or "sand blowouts" as Head Professional Nathan Wilson calls them - you can ground your club in.
The new, artful waste areas, combined with the elevation and strategic changes to some vital holes, have made this one of the better courses in the area. It's similar in look and strategy to nearby Victoria Hills Golf Club, one of the I-4 corridor's better-known layouts.
"I'm floored by what they've done out here," Wilson said.
Green fees are in the $65-$85 range with special rates for juniors. Membership rates are $3,000-$4,000.