Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna, Delaware: A local favorite for decades just got even better

SMYRNA, Del. -- Garrisons Lake Golf Club is situated just south of Smyrna and only nine miles north of Dover, putting it at a convenient location to and from all parts of Delaware and the surrounding states.

Though the course has been a local favorite for affordable golf for decades, it underwent more recent renovations that improved the course conditions and made it more challenging overall.

The layout features gently rolling fairways lined with mature trees and large, undulating greens. Some of the major challenges of the round come from the strategically placed bunkers that frame most of the greens.

Thoughtful play will be generously rewarded but it's not a terribly punishing course so beginners shouldn't feel too intimidated. The second to last hole is one of the toughest, a long par 5 that features the course's most difficult tee shot. There is a tricky cluster of trees along the right side that many golfers attempt to carry but few are actually successful in doing so.

In addition to the renovated course, Garrisons Lake also added a large practice range and putting green for golfers to use.

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, photographer Oleg Volovik moved to the United States in 1992 and now lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. He joined the TravelGolf editorial team in 2010. Originally graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering he continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion for visual arts and photography. Oleg has extensive experience in fine arts, fashion, event, architecture and journalistic photography. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Moscow, where he also taught a master class, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in April 2007. He may be a novice golfer, but Oleg always wears a white leather glove during photo sessions. "Golf photography is my own 'game' with the beauty of nature and human creativity.

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Garrisons Lake Golf Club in Smyrna, Delaware: A local favorite for decades just got even better