LPGA International in Daytona Beach, home of the acclaimed Rees Jones and Arthur Hills golf courses, each is going into 2020 with new ownership and new looks.
New owner Fore Golf Partners acquired LPGA International this past Fall and immediately began investing the property, generally considere to be Daytona Beach’s flagship golf facility. At the heart of the work was a bunker renovation project that restored the bunkers on each course to their original specifications, as well as new drainage installation.
Portions of the cart paths on each course were repaved and the member driving range was resurfaced with TifTuf Bermudagrass.
The Rees Jones designed course features yawning waste bunkers, mounding and natural marsh areas. The layout, home to some of the region’s best and most undulating greens, is the more challenging of the two courses, but with five sets of tees, playable for golfers of all skill levels.
The Arthur Hills design features fairways lined by magnolia trees and native pines, conjuring up images of North Carolina’s famed sandhills. With no parallel fairways or housing, the Hills Course is a “must play’’ among Central Florida courses.
While the courses at LPGA International are Daytona Beach’s more prominent, they are hardly alone. The area is home to more than 20 courses, including a pair of Donald Ross designs in the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club.
Victoria Hills, a highly-rated Ron Garl-designed course is just a short drive west of Daytona Beach.
Photo Credit: Fore Golf Partners