Cypress Head Golf Club
The golf course is versatile with a variety of tee boxes allowing the course to play from under 4900 to just over 6800 yards with many risk/reward options. Fairways are quite generous and the Bermuda greens at Cypress Head are medium-sized, undulating and always in top condition. The course features interesting design characteristics, such as back-to-back par 3's on the front 9 and back-to-back par 5's on the back nine. Club selection is always key to a good score thanks to the ever present Atlantic Ocean breezes.
This public golf course is owned by the City of Port Orange, and managed by KemperSports, is just minutes from Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and the Daytona International Speedway. Widely praised for its conditioning, it is maintained as well as private clubs and big resort courses, but with reasonable rates.
Cypress Head Golf Club has been the recipient of the "Readers Choice Award" every year since 2009, and is often described as "The public course you'll want to play again and again."
Hole by Hole Description
The opening hole, a medium-length par-4 (346 yards from the back tees and 275 from the forward) is a nice easy start for your round. It’s a good, solid par-4 with water in front of the tee, but it’s not a serious problem. You can loosen up on your first swing and hit a driver.
On the par-5 No. 2 (522 yards from the back tees and 405 from the forward), the course really starts to get your attention. For one thing, it’s the most picturesque hole on the course, but then again, it’s also a tough test – the number one handicap hole on the course. A demanding tee shot from a chute with tall trees on the left and right and a canal in front is a true test. It’s a driver hole if you’re hitting from the back tees, but from the forward tees, you can club down as much as you like. After hitting into the narrow fairway that zigzags through trees, you have to lay up to the front of a wetlands area. From there you take your third shot over wetlands to a deep, elevated green.
On No. 4, a par-4 that’s 396 yards from the back tees and 277 yards from the forward, a small pond requires a forced carry. After a demanding tee shot, your second shot over a canal must avoid a pine tree in the middle of the fairway that could make it tougher to reach the green.
On the 6th and 7th holes back-to-back par-3s await. No. 6 (197 yards from the back, 117 from the forward tees) plays over wetland areas and ending with a beautiful green with white sand bunkers. The contrast between the raw, natural vegetation and the green and sand is striking.
Another hole that offers great natural beauty is the par-5 No. 8 (526 yards from the back tees and 439 from the forward). A 200 to 250 yard tee shot will land close to a pond where a knee knocking 80-yard approach shot across the water remains.
The memorable par-4 14th (474 yards from the back tees and 335 from the forward) is a long dogleg left around a lake, requiring a tee shot over water. From the tips, players have to carry the ball about 250 yards; from the mid-forward tees, it’s about 175 yards. If you tend to be conservative and you bail out on the right, it becomes a very long hole. Water along the left side of the fairway protects the hole just short of the green.
The par-3 at No.16 (178 yards from the back tees, 55 yards from the forward) has one of the toughest greens on the course. Extreme undulation makes holding the green more difficult. Guarded by two bunkers in front with only a narrow opening the green can be difficult to access via the bump and run shot. If the flag is in the front, your ball could trickle down away from the hole. If you land your ball beyond the flag, you’re going to have one tough downhill putt.