Errol Country Club is a Private, 27 hole golf course facility located in Apopka, Florida.
Errol Estate Country Club first opened for play in early 1973. The 27 holes of golf were designed by Joe Lee. The 3 nine hole courses are The Lake Course, The Grove Course and The Highland Course. The course's can be combined to form 3 different pairs of 18 hole courses.
The entire complex of golf holes dips and rolls around innumerable vistas, impressive landscaping and towering native pine and oak trees. The fairways are lush, the greens exacting, with dramatic views.
The Lake Course is the longest, though easiest, with strategically placed vegetation. These nine holes are more open and feature bunkers, wide fairways and wind. The finishing three holes offer the best of the course.
The Lake Course #7 is a par-4 dogleg left that angles 436 yards into trouble. ( It is handicapped one (1) because of its insistence on the accuracy of your drive - it must go down the middle at the elbow to avoid the trees and bunkers lurking there, or power it over the left-side bunker and enjoy the roll. Then a possible downhill lie awaits, leading into a narrow cavern of trees to an elevated green with two fronting bunkers, a miserable drop-off in the back and a ridge in the center.
The Lake Course #8 is a perilous par-3 that requires a 197-yard poke through overhanging trees to an elevated target green adorned by three bunkers and a steep slope in the back.
The Lake Course #9 is a par-4 with 426 yards of uphill aggravation, with a wide fairway bordered by encroaching trees and bunkers on both sides from 200-yards out. Thus, the approach requires a straight shot to get you to the green, another bunker - smothered, elevated, back-drop-off, back-to-front sloping marvel. It's handicapped two (2).
The Grove Course is the toughest nine and the trickiest of the entire 27 holes at Errol Estate because of the troublesome combination of trees, hills and narrow fairways. Two favorites (handicapped 2 and 1) are the 2nd and 8th holes.
The Grove Course #2 is a 395-yard par-4 hole that doglegs right. The elbow creases only 185 yards out, but is replete with difficulty: a wide marsh on the inside and two bunkers and trees on the left. If you can drive 250 yards and miss a palm tree on the right side, the approach to the narrow green is more encouraging. The green has a bunker sprawling on the left, one behind and a drop-off on the right into the marsh. It slopes back-to-front. It's work!
The Grove Course #8 has the reputation as the most troublesome hole on the course, this 445-yard hole is -- get ready -- a double dogleg downhill past encroaching trees with bunkers, marsh, and undulations to contend with (or avoid). A solid and accurate 250-yard drive puts you past the tree-clusters and over the ridge and to the right of the two bunkers. No big deal, right? The approach must carry the marsh to hit a tiny flat teardrop of a green guarded by trees on the left, a bunker at the back right and the ubiquitous marsh on the right.
The Highland Course is the most scenic of the 3 nines, a sampling of fun begins on the first three holes, a par-4, 5 and 3.
The Highland Course #1 is a mild dogleg right par-4, 398-yard beauty from every direction you play it. The tiered, stepped-up tee boxes stand over a tree-lined fairway that dips downhill and slopes right to left all the way up. It begins ascending at the landing area which rests at the elbow, to the right of which are two bunkers (and out-of-bounds). From the 150-yard marker in, thick trees horseshoe around the fairway and green The uphill approach shot goes to an elevated, two-tiered green sloping to the front with bunkers on both sides. It's handicapped one (1).
The Highland Course #2 is a 518-yard par-5, handicapped three (3), dogleg left featuring more wall-to-wall trees and quite a challenge. A good drive to the right will steer you clear of an overhanging oak at the inside elbow about 240 yards out. Your second shot goes downhill on the back portion of the dogleg, hopefully avoiding bunkers along both sides. This half-dollar green has two front-side bunkers and slopes right to left, with a severe drop-off at the right. If you're accurate, a birdie is an achievable reward.
The Highland Course #3 is another scenic hole with stepped-up tee boxes and a densely, tree-lined fairway. This par-3 is 166 yards to an ample green surrounded by four bunkers. The wind comes into play here, as does the distracting view.
$21 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2011 at 10am
First time playing here. Nice little course. Reasonably priced. Friendly people. Not overly difficult, but still okay. Course was in so-so shape. Fair price for a fair course.
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