The final stop on this December golf excursion was Black Diamond Ranch’s Quarry course in Lecanto, FL. I heard rave reviews about this course and I was really looking forward to playing it. It is a private club with about 450 members and 45 holes of golf.
We teed off at 9:50 with a temperature of 81. We were playing as a 3-ball and using two sets of tees, but there wasn’t a soul on the course other than us, so we moved quickly. The front 9 was what you would expect of a modern country club course. There were houses on many of the holes, but a fair number of them were set so far back and so densely wooded that you could not see much of them. As expected, the course was well maintained and perfectly manicured.
The real prize of this course is the Quarry and the five holes surrounding it, the 13th though the 17th. Interestingly, the five quarry holes are cart path only. The community gets their water from the quarry and they have to use a special type of drainage system on these holes to protect the water from dangerous golf course chemicals. The cart path only policy slows play down a little bit on the back 9. Though we moved fast around the front, we ended up having to wait on a couple of holes around the quarry. We still finished in less than four hours though.
Below is the one shot 13th hole, the first of the quarry holes. It’s a 180 yard shot. I hit a 4 iron 190 yards to be safe and bounced just over the green. Our host told us that one of the members spent a day down at the bottom of this hole picking up balls and found 3,000 without even working hard!
Below is the 14th hole which is a par 5. You tee off to the right of this picture and go around the quarry even though the green is directly across the quarry in the middle of this picture. John Daly tried to carry the quarry and drive the green but came up a little too short. If Daly can’t do it, I suspect that no one can.
Below is the signature 15th hole. It is from a super elevated tee box and drives fly a mile as they drop back down to earth. A really good looking hole.
The photo below is the final of the quarry holes, the 17th. The photo was taken from the green of the 13th hole and the tee box would be further to the left of where this photo ends. It is a 225 yard par 3. We played it directly into the wind and I hit a driver. I have to say that is the first time I’ve ever hit driver on a par 3.
The 18th hole took us off the quarry holes and back to the regular world of golf. The Quarry Course was a lot of fun and it really had some incredible views. I really liked the course, but because walking is not encouraged at the club I would have a real hard time playing the five quarry holes cart path only every day. It is a course well worth playing if you have the chance.