In 1987, Tom Fazio transformed the abandoned limestone quarries, with their sheer 80-foot cliffs plunging into the lakes, into the Quarry Course. While he went about shaping the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch into what just about every golf magazine would list at the top of their “America’s Best” and “World’s Greatest” courses, “Florida’s Best Golf Community” was built around it, with luxurious yet unobtrusive homes thoughtfully tucked away into wooded landscape.
As one of the most respected golf course architects in the world, Tom Fazio’s achievements include the venerable Course 6 at Pinehurst, Oak Hills in Rochester, N.Y., Ventana Canyon in Arizona, Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Wild Dunes and Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor in South Carolina. Not to mention the East Course at Hershey, the National Golf Club of Canada, the Butler International and Inverness in Illinois. And the list goes on. But perhaps his greatest achievements lie at Black Diamond Ranch. In his own words, “I had to create two distinctly different, yet equally challenging and memorable golf courses on the same property, and I did. Every course is special, but I guess you could say the Quarry Course was one of the milestones in my career.”
The Quarry Course was accepted immediately as one of the best courses in the country. On the Ranch Course, he developed a pattern for the holes to flow across and through the changes in elevation, creating a dramatic and outstanding course. But which does he prefer, the Quarry or the Ranch? Fazio calls it a toss-up. All he knows is that of the more than 180 courses he has designed, the two at Black Diamond Ranch are among his favorites.
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