A recent e-mail blast from Links Magazine featured a top-10 list of “Best Golf Course Discoveries” – the kind of courses that don’t make many magazine covers but are well worth exploring.
As it should have, the list had a Florida representative – and a very good one at that.
Victoria Hills in DeLand may look like an in-between’er on the map, off Interstate 4 between Daytona Beach and Orlando, but it is well worth a special trip. And, truth be told, the Ron Garl-designed layout isn’t completely undiscovered, as Golf.com ranked it No. 15 on its list of top Florida public courses.
The 18 holes wind through Victoria Park, a wonderful wooded area of oak hammocks and Augusta Pines, and feature unusual elevation for Florida (but not all that unusual for Central Florida, as locals could tell you).
Championship tees stretch to 7,149 yards, with a very stern 74.2 course rating/141 slope. That’s a lot of golf course for anyone. The “Captain” tees, at 6,532 yards, would be more my style.
In all, Victoria Hills is well worth discovering.
If you go
300 Spalding Way