Grand Dunes is located close to the middle of the Strand, a bit toward the northern end. Non-golfers will find great shopping and restaurants a few miles north at Barefoot Landing, along with the world-famous Alligator Adventure, where visitors get up close and personal (but not too up close) with some gigantic gators and crocs, including Utan, the biggest crocodile in captivity.
A bit south of Grande Dunes is the equally family-friendly Broadway at the Beach, the most-visited attraction in the entire state. Here you’ll find shopping, food and entertainment ranging from zip-lining to stunt-boats, to the mind-bending WonderWorks, housed in its striking upside-down building. The moving ‘underwater’ walkway through the Ripley’s Aquarium, also at Broadway at the Beach, will be a sure-fire favorite of the kids, too.
Grande Dunes Resort Club is a spectacular layout by Roger Rulewich located on a high bluff that creates a spectacular view of the Intra-coastal Waterway. The large subtle rolling Bermuda grass fairways leading to large Champion Bermuda grass greens that have recently been changed over from L-93 Bent.
The maintenance is superb. 5 holes along the Intracoastal Waterway are on high buffs with ocean breezes blowing across the course. The Spanish style clubhouse is very upscale with excellent food and cold beverages in the lounge. The 19th hole is one of the best on the beach. The large practice area from a chipping and separate putting course. You can chose from 6 tees with yardage from 5,353 to 7,618. The greens are huge with some interesting undulations. Bring your “A” game.