Big Cypress South Course
Big Cypress South is the more challenging of the two courses here at Cypress Lakes 55+ Community. It features 6,680 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.
Here are quick hitting facts about the South Course of Big Cypress:
- Designer: Ron Garl (1987)
- Greens Grass Type: Diamond Zoysia (June 2014)
- Fairways Grass Type: Bermuda Grass
- Water Hazards: Yes
- Sand Bunkers: 21
- Yardage Markers: 200-, 150-, 100-yard markers; sprinkler heads marked
- Driving Range: Yes
- Training Facilities: Putting Green, Teaching Professional, Chipping Area
- Golf Pro: Scott Yates, PGA
- Golf Course Superintendent: Gary Newcomb, GCSAA
- Rental Clubs: Yes
- Carts: Yes
- Pullcarts: No
- Caddies: No
- Walking: Not Allowed
- Rest Stops: Yes
- Clubhouse: Yes
- Restaurant/Food Service: Yes
- Tavern/Bar Service: Yes
- Homes on Course: Yes
This 18-hole course at the Big Cypress Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Florida boasts five sets of tees ranging from 4,803 to 6,680 yards.
Hole Descriptions & Tips
#1 This is a great starting hole; it’s not as tight as it looks. The trick here is to keep the ball below the hole since the green tilts sharply from back to front.
#2 Keep the tee shot to the right; water on left sneaks up very quickly. Double check yardage to pin—green is 45 yards deep—if the pin is back, you better hit enough club.
#3 This short par five begs the golfer to “cut the corner,” but avoid it. Keep tee shot right of large billboard in the distance. Short and right of green is the safe play. Pin high, or long and right and you’ll be left with a very difficult chip.
#4 It’s all about the tee shot here. The green is very large; long off the tee is not important. Manage the stream that crosses fairway and a good score is sure to follow.
#5 Don’t let that big bunker in front of the green worry you; long on this short hole guarantees a high score.
#6 Cutoff as much as you choose to make this par five play very short. Ron Garl’s waste area design to the right protects the green.
#7 Down the right looms another waste area; use the large Oak to guide you toward the green from the left. Again, long is bad so check your distance.
#8 This green offers a severe slope from back to front. Water to the front, and right and left out of bounds mean nothing so long as you play to the center of the green.
#9 Heading back to the Clubhouse, this hole plays slightly uphill. No bunkers make any shot missing green a fairly easy up and down opportunity.
#10 Old #1 should be played as a mild dog leg right. Don’t look at the green since it pulls your focus too close to the trees. Stay left off the tee to be safe.
#11 A good warm up preparing for the tough #14. This hole plays like #14 without the stiff penalty of thick brush and trees. Don’t get too aggressive with the back left pin placement; the green slopes that way so shots to the middle will roll back to that tough pin placement.
#12 Patience. Patience. Patience. This is a true three-shot hole; getting over the second lake is the key. Play second shot out to the right if necessary but only to avoid the penalty of going into the water. Six may win this hole.
#13 The longest of the Big Cypress par threes is protected on left by the large bunker. Golfers may use the mounds on right to keep ball close to the green.
#14 “Play without fear” should be your mindset here. Big Cypress’ most difficult hole is actually a par five for the women and should be a par four and a half for the men. The trick is to play back on the tee shot and stay right. Anything closer than 150 yards out after the tee shot is very risky.
#15 This picturesque par three boasts a newly renovated bulkhead. Don’t let this attractive hole lead you into a false sense of security. The green is as nasty as it gets. Always play to center of the green. If you aggressively play to the back pin and go long left, you’re dead.
#16 Long hitters love this hole. This is your last and best opportunity for a birdie or better. Check the distance to far trees; long hitters must keep tee shot right. Short and right of the green is the best layup to make an easy up and down.
#17 Most long par fours offer a layup area just short of the green. Sorry, that’s not an option here. Play plenty of club into this green and if the water finds your ball, ask Gavin Brown how to play it.
#18 This Big Cypress signature hole offers a couple options: Big hitters can sneak up on the 100 yard marker by staying right off the tee. Most golfers will play this as a short par five by laying up short and right of the green.