Cypress Head celebrates 20 years as Volusia County’s best

A good layup is crucial on the par-5 second hole.

Imagine a milestone party for a young adult where everyone shows up – the people who brought it into the world, who nurtured it during the formative years, who still care today.

An event last week at The Golf Club at Cypress Head was a little like that, a 20th anniversary party where seemingly one-fourth of Port Orange turned out.

The city’s mayor, community leaders and other dignitaries showed up to celebrate a course whose origins date to 1987, when a group of Port Orange residents asked the city council about getting a golf course in town. Five years later in 1992, the residents' dream became official – a fun, playable Arthur Hills Design course executed by architect Mike Dasher (he, too, was at the 20th anniversary party).

Volusia County residents already know how good the course is, Cypress Head regularly wins best-in-county awards from local media. But outsiders would be wise to check it out too, given its reasonable rates (no more than $38 through Oct. 31) and friendly layout.

Cypress Head is in a residential area, but the houses don’t crowd the fairways. There’s plenty of water, but forced carries loom only for players choosing the harder tees. And in a unique twist, the 17th and 18th holes are par 5s.

“We decided, it’s a public course, give a guy a chance to make a birdie or two, he’ll come back for more,” Dasher said.

Port Orange residents have come back for 20 years, and they’re happy to show off the place to outsiders.

Three cool holes

  • No. 2, 522-yard par 5: The No. 1 handicap hole comes early, requiring a tight drive and an accurate lay-up.
  • No. 6, 197-yard par 3: The first of consecutive par 3s is tight off the tee to a green sloping left and protected by a bunker on the left.
  • No. 18, 498-yard par 5: The second of consecutive par 5s is a great birdie chance if you favor the left side off the tee. Leave happy.

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