By Tim McDonald
Sugar Mill Country Club is one of the best courses in central Florida, a Joe Lee design with flowing contours that are almost sensual in their aesthetic appeal.
I've always been a Joe Lee fan and this piece of art in New Smyrna Beach
is one of his best. It's only an hour from Orlando
, and compares favorably with the top courses in that international, golfing hot spot.
It's a member-owned, private course, so if you get a chance to get a tee time here, take it. One beautiful hole leads into another, and you will most likely not find another course as well-conditioned as this one.
It's a 27-hole facility, with excellent practice grounds, which you will need because most of the course is tight, especially off the tee. In fact, your tee ball is vital to your scorecard here, setting up the rest of the hole more so than most other courses. It's accuracy over distance at Sugar Mill.