Next off the rank was Celebration Golf Club. We actually played this course when we were here in 2014 based on a recommendation from a friend and really enjoyed it. The practice range sees you hit balls into the water – the only time it is OK to hit balls into the water! They use special balls that float and the wind and current usually push them to one spot for collection.
We were paired up with father and daughter, Steve and Sarah. There are five tee blocks – black, gold, silver, white and green. I assumed we would play off the green tees as they are usually the women’s tees but I asked Sarah what tees she would like to play off – she said she plays off the silver tees – OK, we’ll play off the silver tees : 0. Actually it wasn’t too bad. Sarah was a good player but a typical, sultry teenager when things didn’t quite work out with her shots. She was studying veterinary science at Central Florida University.
Opened in 1996, Celebration Golf Club is the final collaboration between Robert Trent Jones Senior and Junior. From the onset, their belief was that “every hole should be a hard par and an easy bogey.” Using their joint design strategies and the natural lay of the land, they crafted an upscale daily-fee golf resort that takes full advantage of the natural pine forests and Florida wetlands.
All the holes have names and the 17th is called Alligator Alley. As I saw that sign I remembered last time we played here saw two alligators but none this time. As we were waiting on the tee, Sarah pointed out one in the water – it had just raised it’s eyes above water level. The last hole is called Keeping up with Jones so we had to have another photo here for our friends Marion & Warwick Jones : )