Start your engines on these Par Fours in Daytona Beach

“Short’’ courses are the trend these days in the golf industry, meaning more facilities – particularly resorts – are creating courses with holes ranging from 50 yards to 200 yards.

But what about short, drivable, par fours at “standard’’ length golf courses? They often can be the most fun and challenging.

With that in mind, here’s a look at a few of the better par four, drivable – if you dare – holes at courses around Daytona Beach. The Daytona Beach area has more than 20 golf courses that are helping it become one of the more popular golf destinations in Florida. All yardages are from the tips.


1. Hidden Lakes, No. 17, 240 yards. A par 66, Hidden Lakes is home to Daytona Beach’s two shortest par fours. Golfers don’t have to be long hitters to reach the 17th green. The hole is short, straight and the narrow fairway is tree-lined from tee to green. The green is absolutely accessible, but anyone who doesn’t hit it straight will be chipping out of the trees.

2. Hidden Lakes, No. 10, 285 yards: Water runs along the right side, so the danger is easily identifiable. The hole is open to left, providing ample bailout room. There is more length but less danger on the 10th hole at Hidden Lakes, so take a shot.

3. New Smyrna Golf Club, No. 16, 303 yards: The 15th hole at New Smyrna GC is a demanding 203-yard, par three, and legendary architect Donald Ross followed it with a drivable par four. The 16th isn’t especially penal, but, in classic Ross fashion, the green is well-bunkered and small, so players who don’t get there off the tee face a delicate approach.

4. Crane Lakes, No. 8, 315 yards: There is an oak tree in the fairway, approximately 50 yards from the green, that forces a risk-reward decision on players. Long hitters should be able to fly the big oak but there is water in front of the green, to the right and behind it, making it a gamble with considerable risk. Players who come up short might find themselves blocked by the soaring oak tree – or in the water. Golfers don’t always like to layup on vacation, but in this instance, playing to 90 yards short of the green, leaving room to get over the tree, is the prudent decision.

5. Daytona Beach Golf Club, North Course, No. 5, 316 yards: The card says 316 yards, but the fifth hole on DBGC’s North Course is a 90-degree dogleg left. Players who challenge the dogleg, and the water it plays around, significantly reduce the length (a 265-yard drive will get you home from the tips). The penalty for a bad shot is a water and the potential to post a big number.

Photo: The eighth hole at Crane Lakes (Crane Lakes)

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