The South Course
Course Designed In - 1921
Course Designed By - Donald Ross
The South Course is recognized as part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail.
Blue tees: 6,229 yards, 70.1/120
White tees: 5,950, 68.9/117
Red tees: 5,156, 64/110
The South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club, designed by Donald Ross, is a classic layout highlighting the legendary architect’s famed turtle-backed greens.
The greens complexes, small by modern standards, challenge players to hit the proper spots on the approach and gauge speed and break properly once they’ve arrived on the putting surface. DBGC doesn’t shave the areas around the greens, making the task a little easier.
The course’s history doesn’t end with its architect as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret and Byron Nelson teed it up on the South Course on March 13, 1946. A three-time Masters champion, Demaret shot a course record 63 to win the storied exhibition.
Players attempting to break Demaret’s record will find a layout with that is generous off the tee and fun to play. The layout, a par 71, is easy to walk and features only three par 5's.
There isn’t a surplus of water on the South Course, but the par 3 9th hole, which plays 155 yards from the tips, requires a carry over a pond, making it the day’s most knee-knocking shot. The 8th hole, a 424-yard par 4, is the layout’s toughest hole, making the close to the front nine, particularly memorable.
The North Course
Course Designed In - 1956
Course Designed By - Lloyd Clifton
Blue tees: 6,338 yards, 71/129
White tees: 5,937, 69.2/124
Gold tees: 5,481 yards, 67.7/114 (M) 71.8/133 (W)
Red tees: 4,971 yards, 64.7/110 (M) 69.6/118 (W)
Daytona Beach Golf Club’s North Course is a classic Florida design with fairways framed by oak and palm trees and a premium placed on accuracy off the tee. With water on 11 of 18 holes, trouble lurks but players that hit the ball well off the tee will score well.
The annual host of the Daytona Beach Open, an event that counts PGA Tour player Nick Lindheim among its past champions, the North Course played just 6,338 yards from the tips but offers plenty of challenge. Two of the course’s best holes feature the type of risk-reward decisions golfers live for.
The 5th hole is a 290-yard (white tees) par 4, that offers an outside chance for long hitters to drive the green, assuming they can clear the trees and cut a dogleg with water in the elbow. Hit a great shot and possible glory awaits, though an errant drive invites disaster. The choice is yours.
A short par 5 at just 444 yards from the white tees, No. 17 offers the opportunity to get home in two, but the hole features an island green, so there is no margin for error.
With faster greens and tighter fairways, the experience at the North Course is different, but no less enjoyable than its Donald Ross designed counterpart.