Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 8
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 8
The eighth hole on Grand Cypress Resort's New Course is a long tricky par 4 with an approach that plays over a bern. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 1
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 1
While Grand Cypress Resort's New Course isn't a replica golf course, the first hole does mimic the first on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 2
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 2
The second hole on Grand Cypress Resort's New Course is a reachable par 5 but you want to avoid the cavernous pot bunkers. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 9
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 9
Like St. Andrews avoiding the bunkers off the tee, like here on the ninth, is key to scoring low at Grand Cypress Resort's New Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hawk
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hawk
Sometimes the gallery at Grand Cypress Resort's New Course reminds you where you are - Florida, not Scotland - as this hawk does. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 17
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole 17
The 17th on Grand Cypress Resort's New Course calls for a cut around the corner. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole no. 1
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - hole no. 1
Like St. Andrews, you can look back on No. 1 from the 18th at Grand Cypress Resort's New Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - 18th hole
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Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - 18th hole
Leave it short on the 18th hole at Grand Cypress Resort's New Course and, just like St. Andrews, you'll find a valley of sin. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Grand Cypress Resort's New Course - Orlando, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - The New Course at Grand Cypress Resort is Jack Nicklaus' tribute to the Old Course at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf.

While it's not a copy hole-for-hole, the feel of the golf course does indeed invoke the feel of the Old Course. There are seven double greens, ala the Old Course. The first and the 18th run side by side in true links fashion, just as they do at St. Andrews, and the holes pretty much do replicate the opening and closing holes of the Scottish original.

There's a burn (or creek) that crosses in front of the green on No. 1 and 18th fairway, both holes basically share a super-wide fairway, and players must negotiate Grand Cypress' version of the Valley of Sin on the way to the 18th green.

There's also the notion that you can basically hit it anywhere on the New Course and still play the ball since there is no significant rough. That's not entirely true, however, when you consider the scores of difficult pot bunkers and a few water hazards that will catch errant shots. In general, though, you can spray the driver and get away with it. The real fun starts on and around these undulating greens and their closely-cropped surrounds. Bring plenty of imagination and short-game skill, and you'll have a lot of fun.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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