DIAMONDBACK GOLF CLUB (863-421-0437)
Florida Golf Course Review
Diamondback Golf Club in Haines City, 30 minutes south of the Disney resort complex, is a Joe Lee par 72 championship layout that has earned 4 stars from Golf Digest Places
to Play! After reviewing several wide open courses in the Orlando area, we found the beautiful Diamondback layout to be a wonderful contrast. Each hole of this layout is lined with
trees and tropical foliage, making accuracy off the tee a useful commodity. The lush environment created by the dense vegetation reminds one that he/she is not in Kansas
anymore. Even after the brutal hurricane season in the fall of 2004, Diamondback is a lush environ.
The course is sculpted from 240 acres of virgin forest, with considerable wetlands providing habitats for abundant wildlife. The fact that the course is built in a non-residential
development adds to its allure. There are very few homes on property. Golfers at Diamondback are paying for golf - not for an upscale clubhouse with comp amenities. A pro shop
and restaurant/lounge are situated in unassuming building, which also features a small outdoor patio. Breakfast is served daily and hot lunch items are available til 4 PM. The
practice facilities include a grass range, short game area and putting green. On course players will find yardage blocks at 100, 150 and 200 yards, with 150 yard stakes also
doubling as directional devices. Small markers on the flagsticks indicate front, middle and back pin placements. Weather covers on the back of all carts are there to protect golf
clubs on rainy days - providing a much appreciated amenity.
Five sets of tee areas at Diamondback are interspersed to provide adequate choices for various levels of abilities. The gold tees measure 6903 yards with a challenging slope of
138; the blue tees play to 6410 yards/132 slope; the white's 6027 yards/126 slope, and the grey and forward tees measure 5061 yards while playing to a slope of 122. One can
classify this as a more challenging than average golf experience.
The front side begins with some fairly tight tee shots and picks up steam on number three, which features carries over wetlands off the tee and on the approach. After a pretty par
three, the snaking par five 5th winds its way between dense bush and sand bunkers, with a pond in play on the right side about 150 yards away. The next three holes are also quite
memorable. Number six is a mid range three par from an elevated tee and is followed by a dogleg right par four, with fairway bunkers near the landing areas on both side. Number
eight demands a short carry over a natural area, and another on the approach to a green defined by a rock retaining wall past the pond situated short left. The greens on these four
holes are well bunkered, as is the putting surface on the dogleg right finishing hole.
The back side begins with a par five that plays to a tight, tree lined fairway, with a pond in play along the left for 225 yards in. Number eleven is also tightly sculpted, but the course
opens up a bit on the next few holes, before closing with a flourish. The par four 15th is Diamondback's # 2 handicapped hole - a dogleg right that is open off the tee, but demands
an accurate approach that must negotiate a natural area short left along with greenside bunkers. Sixteen presents a sweeping fairway with wide landing zones that slope right to
left., and seventeen is a pretty par three with huge bunkers situated short right and long left. The long par four 18th is a challenging closing hole as the tee shot heads uphill to
begin, then fades downwards towards the water hazard that is encircled by a sand waste bunker. For long hitters, it is possible to reach this hazard off the tee. From here the hole
turns sharply left and plays towards a well bunkered green complex.
Diamondback is a great golf course that is a simple drive from the prime tourist areas of Orlando. We recommend it without reservation! For more information, visit our page for the
course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.