Many Central Florida golfers are not even aware that there is a course that sits on the outskirts of Sorrento, FL where its beauty is unmatched by most of the courses that dot the local golf landscape. RedTail Golf Club was designed by the late Dave Harman, who died long before his time due to complications from tongue cancer in 2005.
Harmon was considered by many in the know as one of best in the business. His Kauri Cliffs design in New Zealand was named best international course in 2001 by Golf Digest and debuted at No. 48 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 courses in the world. Close to home, Harman designed Winter Garden’s Orange County National, Orlando’s Shingle Creek Golf Club, Lake Mary’s Magnolia Plantation and Heathrow’s RedTail Golf Club.
RedTail may be the one of the best courses in Central Florida in terms of its use of the natural settings in which it was built; it is truly a sight to behold. The course and surrounding homes are part of the larger Heathrow community. Originally, the facility was built to be a high-end, private club and gated, residential retreat that were far enough removed from the hustle of the urban areas that make up much of Central Florida but close enough for an easy commute for its residents. However, much like most high-end private facilities attached to housing developments in Central Florida, the economy has done a number on that original plan. RedTail remains mostly as a “private” facility in terms of service with a major focus going towards its membership base, but in reality and out of necessity, it has become a semi-private club where the general public is able to get a tee time as well and experience this Harmon masterpiece.
The course itself is second to none and is as picturesque as they come. With five sets of tee boxes and yardages ranging from 5100 up to 7200, it’s a layout that is both fair and challenging. By far the signature hole is the par four 18th which plays 455 yards from the tips. Water guards the left side of the hole and is ever present some 100 yards or so in front of the green. The large, tiered green sits high above the fairway making the hole play even further than its yardage on the card. Throw in a stiff headwind from time to time and you have a beast of a finishing hole.
There are many scoring opportunities at RedTail and equally as many holes that will steal a ball or two from you. The part three 15th is an interesting hole which plays roughly 210 yards from the tips. Water guards the entire right side and a large and menacing tree sits virtually right in front of you off the tee which you must carry in order to hit the green in regulation. The green is raised and surrounded by bunkers which absolutely come into play. Click on the following links for a look at RedTail’s links-style layout and scorecard.
Aside from the golf course, Redtail offers a fantastic 10-acre practice area which includes two practice putting greens. The 15,000 square foot clubhouse is amazing and the golf shop is stocked with all the items that a golfer would need. The combination of its fine golf course and world-class amenities makes RedTail the perfect spot for group events. It’s no wonder that RedTail has played host to various NCAA Championships and charity tournaments.
Whether you are a shopping for a club to join and would like to experience a great place to be a Member For a Day, are looking for a great place to stage a charity event, or are a daily fee golfer looking for a great high-end facility to play, RedTail Golf Club is a place that must be visited.
For more information log onto RedTailClub.com or call the club directly at 866-916-1400.