Mountain Lake, FL, USA

Blending Old and New in Renovating a Classic

by Mike Sweeney

Hole #10  – Up – 459 yards

Bok Tower looms over the fairway trees, and can be used as a driving marker on #10. During the renovation, the hole was converted to a Par 4 from a Par 5. The strategy off the tee calls for a Buczkowski (‘heroic shot’) over the right bunkers to cut the distance on this long par 4. Too far left and safe and bunkers loom there too. The Up green is one of the few greens that was left as is by Silva. The raised green on an uphill hole once again give pause to the concept of Mountain Lake being ‘short’. Any and all pars are welcome.

Big Buczkowski at #10

Halfway House

This new mens room was built to replace the old mens facilities that were in need of updating. In the tradition of Mountain Lake where history and hertiage is valued by the membership, the original door was salvaged and was then used in building this new structure!

Old and New at Mountain Lake

Hole #11 -Redan – 181 yards

The word ‘Redan’ was coined to describe the 15th at North Berwick and Raynor outfitted his examples with exaggerated ‘kick-back’ slopes in the approach and front section of Mountain Lakes Redan. The 4th at The National and the 6th at Yeamans Hall are wonderful examples.

Mountain Lakes Redan


on the front right corner of the green gives some just how steep Mountain Lakes Redan plays.


shows the updated contours of the Redan green


the Redan green from the Bunker


Hole #12 – Blind – 461 Yards

With a blind shot off the tee and framed by two bunkers, the 12th hole at Mountain Lake reminds the golfer of the 17th hole at Yale. Once again, the modern golfer is tested on this ‘short’ course.

Connecticut or Lakes Wales, Florida?


Walter Hagen on #12 tee


the 12th shows off the two tier nature of the green


shows the green to be as radically altered as any on the course

 The End