About Highlands Reserve Golf Club
This is not your typical Orlando golf course! Highlands Reserve sits atop one of the highest areas of Florida and offers remarkable scenery along with a course designed for hot Orlando golf. This championship Mike Dasher design gives you pine tree-lined fairways reminiscent of the Carolinas, open spacious fairways likened to the great Scottish courses, and a bit of old Florida with citrus trees along the countryside. Large, fast, undulating greens make this Orlando golf course challenging and fun for all levels of golfers. Conveniently located just minutes from Disney and all major attractions, Highlands Reserve Golf Club is a Central Florida favorite!
“Mike Dasher’s Highlands Reserve Golf Club (opened in 1998), located 10 minutes southwest of Disney World is a golf course unlike anything you would expect in Florida.
What makes it so is a piece of land that’s unlike most everything else in the region, topped by a spirited design that matches the property’s unique character. The course sits on the edge of a long sand shelf called the Green Swamp Ridge near the town of Davenport, with elevations spanning 120 feet from top to bottom. Dasher’s holes fairly dance around it, two-stepping from a high point at the first green all the way to the low basin of the 13th fairway.
While serving as a haven of serenity for residents and local golfers, Providence also provides a refreshing getaway for tourists, with a location only 15 minutes from world-class theme parks, 30 minutes from Orlando, 45 minutes from Tampa and only 20 minutes from Kissimmee, Florida.
Dasher’s diverse, uncommon design punctuates the distinctiveness of the natural site. The tidy tournament yardage of 6,647 will not overpower or intimidate anyone, but the routing keeps the player engaged with three sub-400-yard par-4 starting holes, back-to-back par-5s at eight and nine, several potential drivable par-4s for long hitters, continuous changes of direction, and holes that provide the option to work the ball left or right or simply go for broke over a hazard. Accompanying all this is one of Orlando golf’s three or four most sporting sets of green complexes. “The design really begins at the greens,” Dasher says, noting the design’s roomy fairways. Most are open to the fairway and fall away into chipping and drainage lows on several sides. The variety of size, shape, and orientation is staggering: – the first green is 52 yards deep and roughly 12 paces across with a swale across the center; – the third green is tilted and almost perfectly round; – five is crowned and elevated, a perfect foil for the short pitch shot approach; – number nine green features upper and lower levels; – the remarkable 10th offers a front left pin location sunk nearly six feet below the rest of the green; – the 16th fulfills the promise hinted at the first. Modeled after the Gate hole at North Berwick, the Biarritz green is 53 yards deep and cut in half by a trough roughly two feet lower at the center than either the front or back. “I’ve always been looking for a place to do that, and that’s where I decided to do it,” says Dasher.