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"The most unique golf course I ever designed."
 - Joe Lee

Treat yourself to “the” unique Florida island-golf experience.

Who are we to disagree with “Gentleman” Joe Lee, our course architect. Besides, we do agree – Deer Island Country Club is a most unique golf course.

The course is on the secluded 400-acre Deer Island, amidst the Harris Chain of Lakes part of Oklawaha River Basin in Tavares, Florida. Florida’s largest chain of natural lakes makes this a paradise for golfers, boaters and nature lovers. Deer Island homeowners and guests enjoy the Island lifestyle and its focus in every direction -- water and golf.  Island style living can be seductive and enchanting. And our golf is the main attraction on the island!

Deer Island Country Club is home to Central Florida’s only island golf course.

It’s a semi-private, 18-hole golf course offering breathtaking views of Lake Dora and Lake Beauclaire. Deer Island Golf and Lake Club (as it was called when first opened for play in 1994) was designed by  renowned golf architect Joe Lee. We’re proud to offer you one of the jewels in “Gentleman” Joe Lee’s design crown over 250 total. His courses make golfers smile. 

“Gentleman” Joe Lee believed that a day of golf should be enjoyable; he wasn’t interested in terrorizing everyday golfers.

Enjoyability” was Mr. Lee’s number one goal in course design.

Undulating greens, strategically-located visible hazards and unique bunkers are part of his trademark design — all are realized here on Deer Island as it carves its way through the environmentally-protected Florida wetlands. 

“In my opinion, this golf course is Florida’s—possibly all of North America’s--#1 hidden gem!

The course as of today is in the best shape I have seen it in 5 years I have been playing it.  The staff is both knowledgeable and very friendly.

Coming from Canada, I am only able to get the “Deer Island Experience” December 15 thru February 15, but I will be making the trip here every year until such time I can retire and make it my year around residence.

The thought of coming here gets me thru 10 months of hard work.”  
-Marty V

Our challenging layout provides obstacles even the most skilled golfer will respect.

The black tees that play to over 7,000 yards will challenge any golfer. But with five sets of tees, we can offer a rewarding round to every level of golfer. 

Accentuated with water on every hole, Joe Lee’s signature finger-style bunkering, is a golf course with true character — Central Florida’s most unforgettable golf experience! 

Par for the course is 72. From the black tees, the course plays to 7,029 yards; from the forward tees, the course measures 5,139 yards. The longest hole on the course is Number 8, a Par-5 that plays 574 yards. The shortest hole on the course is Number 15, a Par-3 that plays 139 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for Number 18, a 450 yard Par-4
challenge and the number one handicap hole on the course!

You can look forward to number 5, a 350 yard Par-4, the easiest hole we offer. For the ladies, the red tees are a nice challenge for lower handicap players. The silver tees make the challenge shorter.

You’ve heard of “gated” communities? One online review called Deer Island a “gatored” community! A round of golf here is more than just a round of golf. It’s a tour of preserved and protected Florida wetlands, teeming with a menagerie of wildlife.

Enjoy the panoramic views and wildlife as Deer Island winds its way through the environmentally protected Florida wetlands. 

Our black tees playing over 7,000 yards and will challenge any golfer. But with five different sets of tees Deer Island accommodates every level of golfer.

Accentuated with water on every hole and Joe Lee's signature finger style bunkering, Deer Island Country Club is a golf course with true character.

“Deer Island Country Club is central Florida’s most unforgettable golf experience. Enjoy the breathtaking views as Deer Island winds its way through the environmentally-protected Florida wetlands. Accentuated by over 7,000 yards of pristine conditioning and Joe Lee’s signature finger-style bunkering, Deer Island offers a stern test for every level of golfer.”
- Golfnow.com

The course has gently-rolling terrain, small, undulated greens and water in play on every hole. The entire course is covered in Bermuda grass, with Tifdwarf on greens.

Giving back to our community while assuring the future of our grand old game.

Deer Island Country Club supports the Tavares High School Boys’ and Girls’ golf teams by hosting tournaments and practices here on the course free of charge.

Course at a Glance:

Lots of tees to please!

Tee

Par

Length

Rating

Slope

Black

72

7,029 yards

73.8

133

Blue

72

6,670 yards

71.8

132

White

72

6,284 yards

70.4

129

Green (W)

72

5,745 yards

74.2

145

Green

72

5,745 yards

67.4

118

Gold (W)

72

5,010 yards

71.4

134

Gold

72

5,010 yards

65.4

114

Red (W)

72

4,882 yards

69.7

134

Pink

72

3,925 yards

61.7

106

Pink (W)

72

3,925 yards

64.8

123

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