Water hazards galore at championship course
Swiss Fairways is located at 13114 Skiing Paradise Blvd. in Clermont and offers affordable summer rates beginning at $20. To schedule a tee time or for more information, call (352) 429-9065.
With a name like Lake County, it should be no surprise what type of hazard you can routinely expect to encounter on the two dozen golf courses in this Central Florida locale.
Swiss Fairways of Clermont, Fla., is no different in that regard. Holes 9-15 all feature water hazards; however, it's the signature second hole that offers a different twist on this traditional golfing peril.
From an elevated tee box, a precise shot is needed for this short par 3 for more reasons than the typical goal of a hole in one. While an undulating green and several menacing sand traps await golfers, the small lake separating the tee box and green sets the stage for this one-of-a-kind hole.
The lake, and several others throughout the course, are no ordinary lakes, but man-built to serve the nearby Swiss Ski School. The school is a training ground for aspiring and professional water skiers and wakeboarders. So, when attempting a shot on the second hole, remember to do as the nearby-posted sign recommends, "Stop! Allow boats to pass before teeing off."
"It's a great championship layout, and I don't know of another golf course that has water skiers coming into play," said Pete Burns, course owner.
While water dominates the landscape of Swiss Fairways, the course is much more than a frequent challenge with water hazards. More than 135 sand traps dot the links as well as two par 5s with more than 1,200 yards between them. To say the least, the par-71, 6,100-yard course is anything but a pushover.
"We have pros — young and old — that play out here a couple times a year and I haven't witnessed too many scores in the 60s," Burns said. "You have to play a good game just to reach the 70s. Overall, for its value, I think this course is one of the more challenging in Central Florida."