Baytree National Golf Links, Melbourne, is on Florida's Space Coast just an hour east of Orlando. This is another of the so-called Scottish links-style courses so prevalent in the flatlands of Central Florida. It's a term, I think, way over-used and rarely true. Baytree National Golf Course does, indeed, feature many of the components present in those courses at the Home of Golf, but Florida's prevailing climate, the species of grasses, and the vast, rolling dunes and the cold North Sea winds that blow in over the Scottish links, are just not present. Baytree, in my opinion, with well-defined fairways, mounds and creeks and that rather strange-colored red shale the course is famous for, is more a parkland layout than links. And that, along with the true Florida environment and its native vegetation, give Baytree National Golf Links an identity all its own. Now, this is not a criticism of Baytree, rather it's an endorsement. Baytree truly is worth the drive from Orlando. You won't be disappointed.
- Golf Digest "Places to Play"
- Golf Digest 4 stars and Top 500 course in North America
- Baytree National is a member of the Florida Golf Trail.
The Golf Course:
Baytree National Golf Course was designed and built by Gary Player. The 18-hole, par 72 course plays 7,045 yards off the Champion tees with a course rating of 74 and a slope of 135. The course features elevated tees, fast, undulating greens, that unique red shale, and water on seven of the 18 holes. Five sets of tees make play enjoyable for players of all levels of skill, and low scores can be achieved by one and all, especially from the much shorter White tees where the course plays just 5,403 yards with a rating of 66.5, though still maintaining its par of 72.
"I think Baytree National Golf Links is one of the best courses I've ever designed." - Gary Player
- From $20 to $49 depending upon the time of day.
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Where to Stay:
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How to get There:
The closest airport is Orlando International Airport. The airport is served by all major US airlines, including United, Delta, Continental, US Air, AirTran, American, and Northwest, and by Air Canada and major airlines from Europe and the United Kingdom.
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8207 National Drive
Melbourne, FL 32940