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Black Diamond Ranch: Quarry

Lecanto, FL Private

4.2

Panelists

168 Reviews

Overview

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.

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About

Holes 18
Length 7159
Slope 133
Facility Type Private
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

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.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.24
Character
7.14
Challenge
7.16
Layout Variety
7.46
Fun
7.14
Aesthetics
7.5
Conditioning
7.01

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