Dubsdread Golf Course
The eighth is one of Dubsdread's two par-5 holes and, at 514 yards from the back tees, offers a birdie opportunity. (Photo: Steve Harmon)
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March 14, 2018

Location: Orlando, Fla.
Course architect: Tom Bendelow
Opened: 1924
Redesigned: 2008 | Mike Dasher
Par: 70
Tee – Yardage l Rating / Slope:
Men

Black ­– 6,153 l 69.1 / 123
Blue – 5,775 l 67.8 / 115
Green – 5,388 l 65.5 / 111
Women
Black ­– 6,153 l 69.1 / 123
Blue – 5,775 l 67.8 / 115
Green – 5,388 l 65.5 / 111
Yellow – 4,924 l 68.7 / 121
Red – 4,094 l 63.6 / 110
Saturday morning green fee: $ (under $50)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Fairways: 419 Bermudagrass
Greens: TifDwarf Bermudagrass

THE REVIEW
Starter:
Located 4 miles north of downtown, in the College Park neighborhood, city-owned Dubsdread dates to Orlando’s early years as a tiny dot on central Florida’s citrus-growing map. Before Arnold Palmer adopted Orlando and Bay Hill as his winter home in the 1970s, the touring pros visited Dubsdread for the Orlando Open in 1945-47. Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, et al., wouldn’t recognize Orlando’s 21st-century muni, though. Tom Bendelow’s 1924 design underwent a modern makeover 10 years ago by local architect Mike Dasher, improving conditions and playability. Dasher took a tired, scruffy, poorly draining site and transformed it into a manicured, playable, strategic municipal-golf experience.

Play because … : Don’t dismiss Dubsdread and its 6,153 yards as a pushover. Water and/or out of bounds comes into play on every hole – often on both sides of the fairway – so the course demands accuracy. Big hitters might use driver only once in the first 13 holes, at the 435-yard par-4 fourth. This is a second-shot golf course that calls for precision from tee to green. Dubsdread, which is part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, offers a walkable, affordable, old-style municipal option in a market chocked full of modern, cart-only resort courses.

Takeaway: For a course that hosts 60,000 rounds a year, Dubsdread is kept in very good shape. In a city built on fantasy, this is a real muni experience.

RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food l Beverage: 7.0
Pro Shop: 6.0
Clubhouse: 6.0
Course Difficulty: 7.0
Pace of Play: 7.0

THE COURSE
Best par 3:
No. 15 (165 l 146 l 136 l 120 l 106 yards). A short- to mid-iron approach proves deceptively challenging as anything on the left side of the green could feed into the greenside pond. Although it could use a bunker on the left side of the green, the hole looms as a pivotal par 3 late in the round.

Best par 4: No. 1 (353 l 336 l 308 l 269 l 216 yards). It’s a classic friendly opening handshake of a hole. Just be sure not to pull the tee shot or a pond, which pinches in on the left side, will come into play. The elevated green complex, with a bunker front left, places a premium on accuracy with a short-iron approach.

Best par 5: No. 18 (515 l 463 l 448 l 360 l 326 yards). A well-bunkered fairway landing area challenges big hitters who can reach the green in two. For everybody else, an accurate short-iron third shot could yield a closing birdie, right in front of the al fresco diners at the adjacent Tap Room eatery.

INFO
Website:
www.historicaldubsdread.com
Phone: 407.246.2551
Facebook: @dubsdreadgolf
Instagram: N/A
Twitter: @Dubsdread1924

Rater: Steve Harmon

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