Whether You’re a Newbie or an Old Pro, Big Cypress Golf Course Will Suit You to a Tee

Head shot of Scott YatesAre you scouting around for a new golf course to try? Would you like to join a golf club with a jam-packed calendar of events and members who build friendships around their love of the game? In either case, Big Cypress Golf Club at Cypress Lakes in Lakeland, FL, is worth looking into. Our 36-hole golf course sports a meticulously tended carpet of grass that’s dotted with glistening lakes and fringed by stately cypress and palm trees, and our greens boast the velvety allure of Diamond Zoysia. In addition to the beauty of the land, one of our biggest assets is golf pro Scott Yates, whose passion for the game is matched only by his desire to make Big Cypress the golf course with something for every player, no matter his or her skill level.

A PGA member for more than 20 years, Scott moved to Florida from Michigan to enjoy better weather and spend more time on the golf course. Since he joined the Big Cypress staff in 2013, he has become an easily recognized figure around the pro shop, restaurant, and out on the greens, where golfers regularly stop him to thank him for tips that have helped improve their game. He’s also happy to answer questions about his favorite pastime and the best place to pursue it: Big Cypress Golf Club.

Ask the Pro: Q & A with Scott Yates

Q: We live in Central Florida and have family members who are accomplished golfers coming to visit. We’d like to join them in a golf game while they’re here, but we’re much less experienced. What should we look for in a golf course so that we all have a good time?

A: Big Cypress Golf Club offers two terrific 18-hole golf courses. The challenging South Course features five sets of tees and a par of 72. The North Course is a par 60 course that meanders through the wetlands and can be played in less than three hours.

Q: I like to play golf, but I’ve never actually joined a golf club. I enjoy playing at Big Cypress Golf Club. What will I get for my investment if I become a member?

A: The benefits of being a golf member at Big Cypress Golf Club start with preferred tee times. Members may request a specific tee time 10 days prior to play, and actual times are posted five days prior to play. The Golf Membership is basically unlimited golf, as members are invited to play a quick nine or even less after dinner or early evenings at their leisure. Golf members enjoy several discounts, too, including a family guest rate, merchandise, and range plan discounts.  There are also member-only events, such as Championships and weekly association games, and Member/Guest events that are open to members and their invited guests.

Q: I’ve been invited to play golf with friends at Big Cypress Golf Club, but I’ve never played the game. What basic equipment will I need to get started?

A: Big Cypress Golf Club offers expansive practice areas including a sand bunker and putting green. The best way to start playing golf is with a series of lessons from our PGA Golf Professional that includes a session on the course. Rental sets, balls, and gloves are available in the Golf Shop. A quick round on the executive-length North Course is also a great way to start in a comfortable environment

Q: I am looking to join a golf club that offers a variety of games. I am a low handicap, yet enjoy playing in couples’ events with my wife and also fun, non-competitive, and casual rounds of golf. Will it be hard to find a game at Big Cypress?

A: Big Cypress is the golf course for you! The challenging and fun South Course attracts good players and there are several groups of low-handicap games for you to join. Sunday mornings are normally couples’ open play, and once a month we offer a club-organized event called Guys N Dolls, as well as Night Golf and various holiday events and fundraisers. All of these offer noncompetitive, enjoyable rounds throughout the year.

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We’ll be delighted to tell you more about our award-winning golf course, one of the best in Florida! Contact us today for details or to schedule a visit.