Deal of the Month: Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.
For the first time, Black Diamond Ranch—Florida's greatest piece of golf property—is permitting outside play. The rolling country, split-rail fences and live oaks create a bucolic idyll, and the 45 holes of Tom Fazio golf rank among the best in the U.S.
The Quarry course, a Top 100 staple, boasts five straight killer holes, Nos. 13-17, which play around and over a yawning, 100-foot chasm lined with white limestone rock. The wonderful and underrated Ranch course has superb bunkering and exciting elevation change.
The Pure Golf Getaway includes two nights' accommodations in a Black Diamond home and golf over all 45 holes. Rates start at $399 per person, based on quadruple occupancy. Situated 90 minutes north of Tampa and Orlando, it's a hike, but it's well worth the trek and the price. 352-453-5473, blackdiamondranch.com.
(Photo: John and Jeaninne Henebry)