Is Cypress Head a Municipal Course or Upscale Private Layout? Hint: It's Both

By: Tim McDonald


Looking for a good, upscale, private course to play in the New Smyrna Beach/Port Orange area?
Why not try Cypress Head? Hold the boat, Golf Boy; Cypress Head is a municipal track, you say.
True, but it's a private course in an upscale development disguised as a muni. Cypress Head started out as a private facility, but it is now owned by the city of Port Orange, a very unusual origin for a publicly owned course.
With a combination like that, you'd think this would be a favorite in the area, and it is. It's an elegant work by the architectural team of Arthur Hills and Mike Dasher, and it plays through deep forest, wetlands and water. Yes, there is plenty of water, on 14 holes in fact, and the course has some other oddities, like back-to-back par-3s and back-to-back par-5s.
It can be enjoyed equally by women, because of the forward tees under 4,900 yards, and the brutes, because of the back tees that stretch out to about 6,800 yards.
It's a very fun course to play because of the good conditioning – it is managed by Kemper Sports – as well as the challenges that lurk. There are some sneaky water hazards to watch for, and some exceptional risk/reward options. There are also some short, drivable par-4s, and fast, well-contoured greens.

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