Quarry at Black Diamond Ranch Golf & Country Club

4.3529411765 4.4 stars from 5 (10)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7159 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

  • 3125 W Black Diamond Circle, Lecanto, FL 34461, Citrus County
  • (352) 746-3446, (352) 746-3440
  • (352) 746-5745
  • www.blackdiamondranch.com

Year built: 1987
Architect(s): Tom Fazio (1987), Andy Banfield
Type: Private
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7159 yards 75.0 137
Dark Gray 72 6496 yards 72.1 131
Green 72 6050 yards 69.7 125
White 72 5321 yards 71.7 133
Silver 72 4785 yards 68.7 123

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 10 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

9 out of 10 reviews


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"More than just a quarry course... but... that quarry!"


sorenj's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Idaho Advisor
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

From lush playing surfaces, and breathtaking quarry views, to Spanish moss clad trees and quick challenging greens; Black Diamond Ranch will not leave you wanting for atmosphere or golf. You don’t need the quarry holes for this track to be special, but they certainly don’t hurt.

From a golf perspective (playing from the tips) I was a little worried that the 7000+ yards and 73+ rating would be a bit much; however, other than being a little narrower than some of my drives in places, I only really found one hole should have been a serious challenge. Hitting into a 25+ mph wind, the par three 17th was positively menacing. Ironically, it was not my worst hole… that distinction goes to number 16, where a drive that was too good (penalty) and an approach that was way too bad (penalty #2) led to a triple. However with the wind, the 200+ yard tee shot on 17 was absolutely the most difficult shot to try to pull off on the course (especially for a guy with a natural baby fade on his longer irons).

All of the quarry holes are unique and challenging in their own way. With the afore mentioned wind, I was forced to hit a knockdown 2 iron off the elevated 15th tee box (fortunately this shot was just about perfect and left me with a wedge into the green and an easy par). Number 14 is an all-you-can-eat horseshoe of a par five in which I bit off about 10 yards more than I could chew… leaving me with a rather awkward second shot.

It’s easy to forget the country club feel of the first several holes once you play through the quarry; however, they are well laid out and fantastically maintained. Several of the holes have rather narrow landing areas and the thick vegetation around the fairways can lead to some interesting shots if you are a little off target. The good news is that most of these spots are still recoverable and likely won’t cost you more than a single stroke.

The Quarry course is another that I played on this trip that isn’t inundated with bunkers, but the traps that are present are placed very well and certainly in play. There is also very little water in play; however, the large pond on number 9 does offer a tempting risk/reward drive decision. It’s a par five that is reachable (albeit into a smallish protected green) if you clear the water… obvious problems exist if you come up short (I didn’t try).

I’ve read about some issues with staff and members; I did not experience any of these problems. I was welcomed and have a delightful conversation with the starter and the head pro after my round. There was a little confusion at the beginning of my round about who I was and why I was there, but it was straightened out in relatively short order (and could have been helped by my introducing myself better).

Overall my experience at Black Diamond Ranch was great and I’d certainly give it another whirl if I were back in the area again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Wow!"


seojulie's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We had the opportunity to play Black Diamond Ranch without having to stay there, so we chose to make the 1.5hr drive from Orlando to play. Of course, we chose to play Quarry course for the famous 5 holes. A bit pricey, especially with the USD/CAD exchange rate right now.

It was a bit breezy, so it made a challenging course a little more difficult, especially the long par 3s. The left waste bunker on the 2nd hole had a pool of water, so some grading required to get rid of that water. The other bunkers we experienced had a thin layer of fluffy sand and then dense sand only about an inch below. We don't know when it rained last.

The rest of the course was in amazing conditions. Fast greens, rolled true, great!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Absolutely Amazing"


u254682092's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Wife booked us a stay and play package here. I was a bit worried due to previous reviews regarding members being rude to guests, but this was not my experience at all. We were required to play with a forecaddie, which I was also worried about. However, he (Jeff Fox) was awesome and I actually preferred playing with him. Was very friendly and helpful, even helped improve my game while I was there. Course is difficult but a ton of fun. Course conditions were absolutely immaculate. Greens were super tough, but enjoyable. I will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Doesn't get any better"


Kirk5986734's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

What a golf course!!! Had a stay and play over the weekend and couldn't have asked for a better time. This course is truly special.

One of the most difficult courses I've ever played due to the greens running 13.5! What a tremendous test.

Bill Hardin the membership director was there to greet us when we arrived at Course. Staff in the pro shop was top notch.

You must get a forecaddie when doing a stay and play and we got paired with guy named Peter. Great caddy and even better dude. Wouldsay to anybody....if you get a chance to play this golf club, you must take it!

I've read prior reviews and not sure why people say the members aren't nice. Everybody says hi and waves to you on the course.

Food is outstanding. House was amazing with your own little pool.

I will definately be back just because of the speed of the greens. What a fun day!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/15/2016

Thank you for the great review! Glad you enjoyed your time here.


"Nice Courses/Poor Service and Hospitality"


cmatt1978's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played the Quarry and Ranch Courses. Quarry is what they say - Beautiful and challenging. No other views like it in Florida. Ranch Course was a bit more challenging than the Quarry

Black Diamond is a private course and we were there on as a guests. Between the rude and unhelpful Head Golf Pro and his staff and the disrespect and nasty comments we got from the members while on "THEIR" courses, my friends and I will not be back.

The club staff needs some hospitality training too. They were not very knowledgeable. Food was just okay, nothing to brag about. Seemed to be short staffed.

Courses were great, but the overall experience was terrible. They don't want outside play, but they will take your money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/17/2017

Cmatt1978

Would love it if you could find the time to contact us to make this right. Please call me directly at 352.746.3440, or email me at tkilburn@blackdiamondranch.com.

Thank you,

Tammy Kilburn

Membership Director


"Nice course. Outsiders. It welcome"


Tommya05's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Had a guy's trip here this year. The quarry course is unlike others. A really nice experience.

Unfortunately the club seems to be in quite a conflict. It is exclusive, and the members and staff do not like the stay-and-play function allowed.

It was clear that we were not one of them, and not welcome.

I have been going on a golf trip many years now and can say that my group had never been treated worse.

If it's one round, it's worst it.

If you are planning on a golf trip - don't bother.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/17/2017

Tommy,

Thank you for choosing our Magnificent Quarry Course. We would love to speak to you regarding the rest of your experience. Please contact me directly.

Tammy Kilburn

Membership Director


"Simply stunning, especially the quarry holes"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

You have to stay there to play there (or know a member), but it's well worth the effort. Terrific conditioning combined with a great Tom Fazio layout make this one of the best courses in Florida. The quarry holes -- 13-through-17 are nothing less than stunning, and the Tif-Eagle greens are among the best you'll play anywhere. Some members and even the pros say they prefer the other courses at Black Diamond, but I think it's hard to beat the Quarry Course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome course, horrible people"


u000004858361's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If it weren't for the course and the practice facilities being totally top-notch I wouldn't consider going back. A group of members attempted to kick us off the course incorrectly thinking we jumped in front of them without even talking to us first. The ranger, who sent us off by the way, assumed the members were right and wasn't courteous enough to ask weather we had or hadn't.. Once that debacle was diffused, I was allowed to purchase food and drinks with a non-member surcharge around 12% higher than the menu price. Never once in my years of golfing at some of the nicest courses in the country have I been asked to pay more for F and B than the menu price. Food was mediocre, too. But the golf course was superb and the views are wonderful. I'll go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/17/2017

Our apologies if you were subject to anything but proper golf etiquette by our members. We would love to have you back! If and when you choose to make your next reservation, contact me directly and lunch for up to 4 people is on us along with a free round of golf.

Tammy Kilburn

Membership Director


"QUARRY COURSE SPOILS YOU FOR OTHER COURSES"


twpatala's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The 18-hole layout is in excellent condition and would be a treat to play even without the 3 or 4 holes that were carved out of a quarry. Add those holes and you have a truly unique golfing experience in Florida. . Expensive .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/17/2017

We are so pleased that you enjoyed our Exclusive 45 holes.

Looking forward to making your next experience with us even better!

Tammy Kilburn

Membership Director


"The best 5 consecutive holes in golf"


eaglealbatros's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The 5 quarry holes are the best consecutives holes in golf visually and challenging


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/17/2017

Care to be challenged again? :)

Tammy Kilburn

Membership Director



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