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The Rolling Hills of Florida at Scenic Hills Country Club

By Elisha Neubauer

Although Scenic Hills Country Club is located in the flat planes of sunny Florida, it is anything but monotonous. With rolling hills and stunning scenery, the Country Club is one of a kind in the sunshine state. In fact, Scenic Hills was voted as the Best Golf Course in Pensacola in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2015.

Opening its gates in 1958, the Scenic Hills Country Club of the University of West Florida has continued to offer challenging courses, putting surfaces, and club amenities year after year. It has drawn guests from across the state and was even once home to the 1969 United State Women's Open won by Donna Caponi. Since opening, the course has undergone several renovations- once in 1992 and again in 2006. The most recent revamping of the course included new state-of-the-art Champion Bermuda greens, Tifton 419 Bermuda fairways and tee boxes, rebuilt bunkers, and installation of continuous cart paths.

The largest change to the course however, took place in 2008 when a $3.5 million dollar luxurious clubhouse was added to the property. With the addition of this expansive clubhouse, Scenic Hills is able to accommodate weddings and special events that range from 75 to 300 guests through the use of an outdoor pavilion, the ballroom, or The Grille- the on-site restaurant.

Being located in a state that has so many courses to offer, what makes Scenic Hills Country Club stand out?

"Scenic Hills is different from other golf courses in Florida in that we have a lot of elevation change," says Rick Gorman, General Manager of Scenic Hills. "The golf course has rolling hills that are unlike what you will see throughout the state."

He believes this, combined with their challenging courses and on-par customer service, is what led them to win the Best of the Bay award four years running, in addition to being recognized by the Pensacola News Journal as one of the top courses to play. "We are extremely member/guest service oriented which makes the players want to return to have the best golfing experience on the Emerald Coast," explains Gorman. "We also have the best putting surfaces in the area and this is vital to make any golf facility successful."

According to Gorman, other major draws to the course are the full service restaurant, The Grille, as well as the fully stocked professional golf shop, and the amenities offered by club membership. These amenities include perks such as 10% off food purchases and unlimited use of the practice facility.

Host to over 70 corporate and charity events throughout the year, Scenic Hills proves it has what it takes to keep their local and visiting golfers happy. "Pensacola is a great place to play because we have seasons and climate change unlike some of the areas of the state," explains Gorman. "We have the small town flavor and some of the best beaches in the state."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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