Lakeland, Florida was close to literally ‘blooming’ in the Spring of 2007 when the Golf Club at Bridge Water opened. The Steve Smyers design was more than a welcome change; it was the best addition to the already beautiful Florida environment. The golf vacation destination was made to not simply coexist with nature, but for both to be significant parts of each other.
Measuring a little more than 7,200 yards from the championship tees, the 18-hole Golf Club at Bridge Water plays for a par of 72 and features 5 sets of tees. The course was made to be links-style, reminiscent of golf’s Scottish origins. But with Florida’s natural topography in play, it can never be said to be truly a ‘replica’ of anything. It is too unique to even be associated with classics. Natural wetlands come into play side by side with old growth oaks on undulating fairways and well-bunkered greens. This Florida spectacle is a favorite for golf vacations, and has a loyal following of golfers perpetually on the lookout for unique golfing opportunities. Likewise, the course is a favorite recipient of recognitions from major golfing publications.
For one, the Golf Club at Bridge Water was ranked No. 18 in the Best Courses to Play in Florida by GolfWeek Magazine. Its grass tees, target greens, practice bunkers, chipping area, and a large putting green all combine to complete the golf trip experience. That spring of 2007 has made Lakeland, Florida bloom and it has not stopped blooming to this day.