Enhancements announced for acclaimed Black Diamond Ranch

By: John Schwarb


Twenty-five years ago, golf course architecture reached a new frontier at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, where Tom Fazio routed a layout through an abandoned limestone quarry.

Even if you haven’t played the Quarry Course – one of three on the property along with the Ranch Course and nine-hole Highlands Course – you have likely seen the pictures of the dramatic holes on the back nine that play in and out of the limestone hollows. If you have played it, you'll never forget the experience.

Golf Digest has ranked the Quarry Course as one of America’s top 100 for the last 20 years and Golfweek deemed it as Florida’s best residential course and sixth-best in the nation.

Now, Black Diamond is taking steps to ensure its next 25 years are just as memorable.

Escalante Golf, Black Diamond’s owner and operator, has unveiled a multi-million dollar masterplan for the Citrus County golf community located some 75 miles north of Tampa. (The club is private but limited stay-and-play packages are available to the public.)

The masterplan includes a clubhouse redesign, numerous golf course enhancements including lengthening the tracks and reconstructing all 208 bunkers, and new residential products and memberships.

“Our goal is to build on Black Diamond’s world-class reputation to ensure the club’s long-term sustainability and exclusivity,” Escalante Golf president David McDonald said. “The comprehensive masterplan demonstrates a continuing commitment to our existing members, and is a point of pride and emphasis in attracting new members and residents who share our vision and values.”

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