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RedTail Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Sorrento, FL
Website
Date Last Played: February 22, 2010

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RedTail Golf Club Review

RedTail Golf Club opened in 2004 as a private club within the Heathrow Golf Community. To get you excited about becoming a member of this fantastic course, management is offering "member for a day" rates that are an excellent value for this fun and very challenging quasi links style course. Located about 35 minutes north of Orlando, RedTail will throw a little bit of everything to keep you on your "A" game. The layout comes close to making RedTail a shot makers course requiring both strategy off the tee as well as target golf to some of the greens.

With 5 sets of tee boxes and yardage ranging from 5499 to 7152 and ratings from 125 to 141, you can bite off as much as you want to challenge or pick a tee box and have an enjoyable and very memorable round. You'll find elevation changes, huge natural sand areas, berms, swales, ravines and undulating hillsides, forced carries, blind shots, plenty of sand and grass bunkers, water, dog legs, well protected greens, and more. RedTail designers must have moved a lot of dirt to create the contoured fairways and all of the berms, swales, grass, and sand bunkers. The first hole sets the stage for what you're about to encounter during your round - a 434 yard par four with a blind uphill shot to a narrow landing zone with a long nasty natural waste area with boulders on the left and trees along the right plus contoured fairways with berms and mounds on the way to a second shot that requires a carry over a huge natural sand bunker to an uphill green with white sand waiting to catch you if you overshoot.

The rolling fairways, which were in very good condition, range from wide and forgiving to tight and narrow with plenty of mounds, contour, and forced carries, and strategically placed bunkers. In addition to over sixty white soft sand traps of all shapes and sizes, you need to also avoid the large natural sand bunkers (some are school bus size or bigger!) and several natural areas. Take #17 for example, the beautiful 549 yard par 5 has a natural sand bunker from the tee box all the way to the green (the good news is it borders the lake and may stop your ball from getting wet) plus 7 sand bunkers (from pot size to big enough to support two or more families and all the gear needed for a day at the beach) that line the fairway as it zig zags to the green - very fun hole! And 18 is even better!

RedTail is very well maintained and landscaped with a variety of natural fauna and other flowers and plants. When we played in February everything was dormant but I can imagine that during the season RedTail would be very colorful and scenic as it meanders up and down the rolling terrain and around the 5 lakes and ponds. The greens were in very good condition and about average speed. The bunkers have soft thick white sand but don't let that be reason to try and land in them.

Bottom line, we would go out of our way to play RedTail again and it would be hard to find a better value. We played RedTail as part of a fun filled seven days in Orlando where we rode in an Indy race car, saw alligators on an air-boat ride, sky dived in a wind tunnel, flew a 1946 World War II fighter trainer, para-sailed, swam with the manatees, ate too much good food, enjoyed some fun nightlife, golfed 9 different courses, and got very little sleep! Read our Orlando Vacation article to learn more about this adventure packed vacation.
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,152 75.1 141
Gold 6,768 73.2 132
Blue 6,503 72.0 129
White 6,225 70.6 125
Red 5,499 72.0 130

Course Information

Course Architect:
David Harman
Greens Condition
8.5
Greens Difficulty
7.0
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 9 holes and the 67 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
9.0
Variety:
9.0
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
8.0
Front Nine Rating:
9.0
Back Nine Rating:
9.0
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Service is friendly and attentive and the pro shop and practice range are good. We didn't have an opportunity to try the food.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.