The Duran Course is a new highly-rated addition to the Floridian Golf Experience, the clubhouse oozes opulence and class. The course has very much a links feel except it has the usual plethora of Floridian ponds and lakes to supplement the difficulty the constant wind causes as well.
I was paired with father and son, Nat and Lathan Hudson… Son Nat went on to win the flight with (in the conditions) a very impressive 90. Lathan for the music buffs is a Nashville songwriter and Grammy nominated too, who has had songs covered by Tammy Wynette and Elvis Costello to name but two, so I can say the round was fruitful for anecdotes and conversations in respect of his full and bountiful career. In truth my 3rd Place Gross 95 net 78 plus 6 and 3rd place in my flight, would have earned a top 5 place in the next flight up which did please me. I really lost it in the first two holes with a 7 7 start...
Still I had a great day and would rate the course an Eagle, it was an enjoyable round, pleasurable if not exhilarating, and I would certainly return to play socially. I now begin my build up to the next event on 2nd May at Stoneybrook West then the highlight of my trip the Charity Event at Arnie Palmers Bay Hill on 4th May.
The 18th a stereotypical last in Florida - all water left, bite off as much as you can chew. I chicken out and cut very little off. 5 wood, wedge and two putts for a boring par 5.
The par 3 165 yard 12th. I hit a 5 iron left chip on and hole a 30 footer for a par to get my round back on an even keel. Wheels soon come off again though!