Located in beautiful Orlando, Florida, Bradley DiNunzio likes to take time off from managing his company DiNunzio International LLC to enjoy some tee time with friends and clients alike. In his opinion, the following courses should be on the list of every golfing enthusiast regardless of their skill set or love for the sport.
Designed by Pete Dye in 1980, this is a course that puts pure golf heart and center. It’s a challenging course not just for novice players but experienced ones as well. And while its design had the spectators in mind giving them a clear view of the action, the course itself with all its hollows and traps is a veritable heart-thumping challenge.
“One of my favorites is the 17th hole,” adds Brad DiNunzio. “This one doesn’t take prisoners. You need to give it all you got to sink the ball. And when you do, it’s the most exhilarating feeling in the world.”
Seminole Golf Club
Seminole Golf Club has one of the oldest golf courses in Florida. Donald Ross designed it in 1929 and it was recently tweaked by the famous architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. A truly exciting feature of this course is how each hole gives you a tantalizing change in the wind direction. This means you’ve got your golfing work cut out for you. Even seasoned players get a run for their money with the fast speeds and abrupt pitches. It’s a tough course to crack and the changes in elevation don’t make it any easier.
According to Brad DiNunzio, what attracts golfers to the Grand Cypress is the wide variety of landscapes and designs. “From the yawning bunkers,” he adds, “to the steep mounds, and terraced fairways, this is a course that has got it all.” But to say that the Grand Cypress has nothing to offer but challenges would be selling it short. You still get more friendly courses than others. The East course is favored by casual players for its easy landing areas.
Calusa Pines is a relatively new course that has managed to become a fixture of the golfing experience in Florida. It was designed by Dana Fry and Michael Hurdzan in 2001. They both did a great job turning the flat land into a fairly enticing course full of ridges and plenty of oaks, sabal palms, and pines to give the golf course its unique character. The greens and fairways are fast and firm and the views are spectacular. Whether you’re just enjoying a casual game or intend on taking your golfing to the next level, this is one course you don’t want to miss.
Final Thoughts from Bradley DiNunzio
You don’t have to be a PGA Tour champion to appreciate a well-designed and meticulously manicured golf course. And when you’re down in Florida be it for business or on vacation, one of the first things you need to check is the best golf courses in the Sunshine State, says Bradley DiNunzio.