Among the cypress trees and lush wetlands is Cypress Head Golf Club on 6231 Palm Vista Street in Port Orange. Owned by the city, this public course is meticulously maintained and gives its players a challenging yet picturesque golfing experience.

Cypress Head was designed to be in harmony with Florida’s natural beauty as the water obstacles are preserved wetlands that remained undisturbed. Fourteen of the eighteen holes are played over water. Players are constantly challenged by the preserved fenland, ponds, canals, and natural vegetation. Fairways are lined with towering cypress trees, and various holes demand players to maneuver around pine trees, white sand bunkers and canals. Due to the varying sea breezes from the ocean that is ten miles away, Cypress Head creates a different challenge each and every time golfers play. Although the course is relatively flat, course designers created elevated planes by using contours and rounded hills to bring contrast and challenges. Cypress Head Golf Course is considered to be medium-length (6,832 yards from the back tees and 4,909 from the forward).

While this public golf course offers some of the best par-3s in Volusia County, it still has reasonable rates. Port Orange residents can pay $30 to play 18 holes between the hours of 7am-10am. This includes green fee, cart fee and non-residents fee is $37 for the same services. Mid-morning rates are $25 for residents and $30 for non residents between the hours of 10am-12pm. Early twilight hours (12pm-3pm) are $20 for resident and nonresident and late twilight hours (3PM-6PM) is $18.

Go-Kart City can be found at 4114 South Nova Road in Port Orange. With a ¼ mile long go-cart track and over 45 stock go carts to choose from, it is the largest of its kind in Port Orange. Each motorized car is a replica race car and racers can choose single cars, double cars with a buddy seat or the fast paced bullet cars. Ride alone racers must be 53 inches tall and smaller racers can ride for free with licensed drivers.

Go-carts are small non-suspension vehicles that come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and speeds. The most simple go cart is a Billy cart or commonly known as a soap-box cart. This easily made model is simply a large box with wheels that relies on gravity rather than an engine to keep momentum and is used on steep inclines such as hills.

The more complex go carts consist of two-stroke engines and can supply power in alternating forms such as alcohol fuel, electric motors, and propane engines. Motorized go carts range from 15 to 90 horse power and are raced competitively throughout Europe and North America.

Amusement park type of go carts, such as those at Go Kart City, offers the unique blend of speed and maneuverability that makes them safe and entertaining. They are slower speeds cars with sturdy frames, and easy steering. Each car also has a safety feature so that Go Kart City track operators can quickly turn the engine off, and stop the go-cart immediately.

Go Kart City is open Monday through Thursday from 10am-11pm; from 10am-12am on Friday and Saturday and from 10am-10pm on Sunday. This local recreational spot also features Mystic Harbor, an 18 hole miniature golf course as well as several batting cages.


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