Orlando is known for world famous amusement attractions like Walt Disney and Sea World that made the city the third most visited in America. As the city’s economy diversified, the Florida market has opened its gates for the golf vacation industry. The humid subtropical climate of Orlando and the beautiful terrains made it suitable for golf resorts to thrive in the city. Orlando now holds a number of world renowned golf vacations resorts offering the state of the art facilities.
The Bella Collina, Waldorf Astoria, Reunion Golf Resort, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista, Orange County National, Shingle Creek, Falcon’s Fire, Sugarloaf, and the Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club are among the must see golf destinations in Orlando.
The freshly brewed Italian coffee greets you before heading to the first tee. Bella Collina is an 18-hole course nestled in the greens of Monteverde, Florida. This Steven Smyers and Nick Faldo design layout features the par 72, 7,500 yards of golf from the longest tees. This private golf course has 6 sets of tees that challenge all skill levels with 142 slope rating and a 77 USGA rating.
The five-tee system of Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is a perfect challenge for every golfer. This 18-hole Rees Jones championship layout winds through the huge wetland preserve and measures 7,108 yards with a par 72. Reminiscent of the hazards are the well carved bunkers together with the majestic pines and cypress that line the fairways. The course was enhanced by the natural elements and dictated by the existing contours.
The 54-hole layout designed by the legends is what makes Reunion Golf Resort truly outstanding. The Legacy Course is an Arnold Palmer design that is routed on the hilly, roller coaster-like terrain. It also boasts the elevation changes that can reach up to 50 feet in some places. The second course is a Jack Nicklaus signature layout-The Tradition Course. This Parkland-style layout was designed to provide every golfer into hitting risky shots with big payoffs. The third layout that completes the 54 holes is The Independence Course designed by Tom Watson. This course is highlighted with fast, firm and wide rolling fairways with a variety of strategically placed large greens and bunkers.
The Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is all about classic country golf with a distinctive atmosphere. The sparkling lakes, pine forests, palmettos, and the meandering fairways that winds through pastel villas await every golfer on the greens. The elevated bunkered greens are notable features that put a premium on accurate shots.
Orange County National holds two of the best golf vacation resorts in Florida. The Panther Lake Golf Course has the rolling meadows, wetlands, lakes, and elevations that can reach up to 60 feet. It received the citation “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest. The Crooked Cat Golf Course on the other hand features the large, rolling fairways, contoured greens, fewer trees, and mounding framing the fairways. The layout presents the golfer a more of the links-style look.
The course on Shingle Creek Golf Club features the undulating fairways, hard and fast greens, lush tropical landscaping, and the 5 sets of tees that allows every golfer for a customized game. This David Harman design is an 18-hole, 7,228 yard championship golf course that is using the state of the art Golf carts GPS yardage system.
Falcon’s FireThe Falcons’ Fire is home to the award-winning Orlando Golf Course. This 18-hole, par 72, 6,900 yard layout was designed by the famous Rees Jones that features the classic architecture. The whole course stretches about 7,000 yards from the back tees providing the golfers with four sets of tees. This course has been holding the Senior PGA Tour Regional Finals for four years already.
This 18-hole course named as “Sugarloaf” stands at the greens of Sugarloaf Mountain Golf and Town Club. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the layout features 7,057 yards of golf for a par of 72 from the longest tee. The lush oak forests and Lake Apopka provides the beautiful rural scenery while the strategic concepts meshed with simplistic design provides the golfer with interactive rounds of golf.
This “stay and play” facility sweeps across 270 acres along the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes. Also known as the Bay Hill, the course features 27 holes of tour championship golf. The Champion, Challenger, and the Charger links will challenge both the professionals and the amateurs. The course is showcased as one of the most popular stops for the PGA Tour during the spring.
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