By Tim McDonald
Hard to believe, but Black Diamond is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
If you haven't played Black Diamond yet, especially the Quarry course
, it's a good time to consider it. They have a stay and play option – they call it a "lifestyle tour" – for around $400 that gets you a night's lodging and a round on both the Quarry and Ranch
Black Diamond and World Woods
are the two most spectacular golf courses in Florida, in terms of their dramatic, canyon-like elevations, and a joy to play.
Black Diamond is a Tom Fazio design, cut from two former limestone quarries, and it's won serious acclaim from the serious golf publications: it was called one of the 50 greatest courses of the last 50 years by Golf Magazine, for example.
"I honestly believe the Quarry course was one of our most special, interesting, fun and spectacular golf courses ever created," Fazio said in a press release.
I've played here several times and many members will tell you they actually enjoy the other course, the Ranch, as much as or more than the Quarry. There is also a nine-hole track, the Highlands, that's a joy to play.
Call 800-328-8099 for more info.