Black Diamond Ranch is located in out-of-the-way hill country of central Florida, some 30 miles southwest of Ocala. Part of a residential development, this Tom Fazio fantasy-come-alive features a front nine that runs up and down 60-foot-high sand hills and alongside natural sand dunes. But it’s the back-nine stretch through an old rock quarries, holes 13 through 17, that’s the real draw. You start with a par 3 over a pit, then skirt along the rim of a bigger quarry, then descend 85 feet of steep limestone cliffs to the 15th green, positioned astride a bottomless pit of lake, then emerge for more shots along the edge, then shoot down into the smaller pit to the 17th green before finishing on a conventional 18th. Black Diamond has as many twists and turns as a hard-boiled detective novel.
Traditionally a private club (there are a total of 45 holes on property), Black Diamond now offers on-site accommodations and stay and play packages.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 20 years from 1991-2010. Highest ranking: No. 24, 1991-'92.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 143, 2013-'14. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 185.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked 39th, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 5, 1991-2009. Ranked sixth, 2011-'12. Ranked eighth, 2013-'14. Ranked ninth, 2015-'16. Ranked ninth, 2015-'16. Ranked 12th, 2019-'22. Ranked 13th, 2017-'18.