This is the closest anyone can get to the Old Course at St Andrew’s. Well, for the most part. What Jack Nicklaus has channeled successfully from the historic course was the feel of it, the 1st and the last holes, and the necessity of playing excellently a la British Open. But whether or not the New Course at the Grand Cypress Golf Club is more Scotland or more Florida, there is no question as to its being excellent and exceptional. The golf vacation experience offered here is just like nowhere in Europe and in the US. Or anywhere for that matter.
The New Course plays 6,773 yards from the longest tees, par 72. It is among the true links-style courses in America. The 150 deep pot bunkers have made it so. And whilst it does not claim to be a St Andrew’s replica, it brings the feel of the Old Course through the stone walls, winding creeks and a stone bridge to complete the look. And all these features on very wide fairways, with truly fast greens add to the attitude of this golf course. And a golf course as excellent as this requires for each golfer to be as excellent and ready to take on its hazards and obstacles – many of which are hidden. Thus the golf vacation destination comes complete with practice facilities of similar caliber.
From the chipping greens to golf academy, learning and practicing is very much true to the idea of getting ready for a round at the New Course. And the stay options are as excellent. This is not exactly St Andrews, and this is very much a Florida golf trip in every sense. The experience here is as unique as playing the British Open right in the heart of Disney City.