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We played the Country Club of Mount Dora in Mt. Dora, Florida last week. My husband informed me I should play the gold tees in order to play a full 5300 yards since the red tees were much shorter to play. Women typically play the red tees since the handicap for most course play is set up using the red tees. A person's handicap will usually determine which tees a person will play from.
Championship courses will often have five tees: black (for the men pros), blue (for the men with handicaps below 10), white (for most men), gold (for seniors and women with handicaps below 10), red (for women). Every person can choose which tees they play from--often choosing a longer course length can allow players to use their longer clubs more often, but they should do it when the course isn't crowded. The gold tees were sometimes placed with the men's tees, sometimes on their own and sometimes with the women's tees at Mount Dora.
My first hint that Mount Dora was going to be tricky to play when I found this interesting sand trap with a staircase down to the sand. I thought, no problem, with all that wide open fairway, I won't be dumb enough to get into this trap. Turns out I was far too greedy for safety. When I drove for the green, it neared the flag, then tumbled into the bottom of this trap on the right.
This hole at Mount Dora Country Club was supposed to be an easy par 4, but after your first shot, your second ball had to carry over this narrow neck, avoid the sand traps and manage to stay on the green.
Luckily for my sanity, they saved this green until near the end of the course. Yes, easy golf can take you past the lake, over the creek, over all the little sand traps and land near the flag and stay. On a par 5 hole no less than a little challenge will make every golfer please to play the Country Club of Mount Dora.
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Sheri loves to golf, travel and to write.
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