Golfing in Orlando is simply one of the highlights of your holiday. Whether you blast your drive 300 yards down the fairway or trust to luck every time you stand over the ball, the perfect course and new ways to improve your game are two things golf junkies can't get enough of. So why not pack your clubs and see what Orlando has to offer the golfer? From New Year’s Day to all summer long and every day in between, the year-round perfect weather defies you to stay indoors, and Orlando’s golf courses offer the perfect playground.
With courses designed by the sport’s top names, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, and Rees Jones, there’s no question about the quality of courses that dot the beautiful Orlando landscape.
||Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club: - Carved from rolling orange groves and native protected wetlands, Mystic Dunes is situated less than a mile from the Fan Palm Way Villa, yet offers a feeling of escape from it all. The Mystic Dunes golf experience was designed by Champions Tour Player and NBC Lead Golf Analyst Gary Koch, who has created a course that is one the most unique in all of Florida.
Has undergone some refurbishments of late so may be worth booking ahead to ensure tee times. At over 7,000 yards and a Par 71 from the Black Tees, and with two par 4s at around the 500 yard mark, this course will test even the very best
Approx 1 miles from the villa along Formosa Gardens Boulevard.
|ChampionsGate Golf Club: - Featuring two premier 18-hole championship golf courses designed by accomplished golf architect and Open Championship winner, Greg Norman. |
The International Course brings a unique "down under" style of coastal links. Designed around scenic natural wetlands, and featuring long carries, deep pot bunkers, tall grass-topped dunes, and large undulating greens. The National Course is a completely different experience, and is designed in the "Florida golf resort" style. The lush Orlando golf course weaves it’s way through the naturally rolling central Florida plains, and features mature Pine, Oak, and Cypress groves, spring fed lakes, bunker protected fairways and greens, with small, challenging putting surfaces. Has undergone some refurbishments of late so may be worth booking ahead to ensure tee times.Also home to David Leadbetter’s Golf Acadamy.
Approx 5 miles from the Villa, heading South along the I4
|Celebration Golf Club: - Given 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest Magazine, Celebration was designed by the renowned father-son team of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr. They sculpted a park-like atmosphere within the natural wetland environment, creating a truly serene golf experience. The course boasts rolling terrain that weaves through a series of pristine lakes and periodic clusters of native oak, pine and magnolia. |
Designed with shot-making strategy in mind, this 7,038 yard, Par 72 Championship course demands accurate approach shots and consistent putting. Featuring strategic hazards and challenging greens, and sporting five sets of tees on every hole, the course invites competition for many skill levels. Host to prestigious events such as the 2002 U.S. Senior Open Qualifier.
Approx 6 miles East along US-192
|Disney’s Palm & Magnolia Golf Courses: - The home every year of the longest running PGA TOUR event in Central Florida - Disney's Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses host The Childrens Miracle Network Classic. Golfers will appreciate the course design, which features shimmering lakes and tropical sands, all across a golf landscape that's dotted with strategically placed palm trees. Elevated greens, 9 holes featuring water, 94 bunkers plus an additional sprinkling of water and woods - and that's just the Palm course. You'll find that an already great round of golf is enhanced even further with the latest GPS technology. This state-of-the-art provision in every golf cart, offers realistic images of course fairways, greens and hazards that add to the golf experience.|
Approx 4 miles from the villa, situated very close to Epcot.
|Orange Lake Resort: - Both the Legends 18-hole Championship course and the Legends Walk floodlit par-3, 9-hole course were designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. The Legends 18-hole, 7,072-yard Championship course offers two distinct golfing experiences. Scottish-style golf is featured on the front nine; while the towering pines, majestic oaks, winding fairways and flowing water on the back nine are reminiscent of the Carolinas. The Legends Walk floodlit par-3 course was designed for every skill level, available during the day and the only course in Central Florida to be floodlit for night-time play. Children golf free every day and night (information taken from Orange Lake Resort website). There is also a second 18-hole course at Orange Lake Resort called The Reserve, at just over 6,500 yards and a par 71.|
Approx 3 miles from the Villa, turn left onto US-192 heading West.
|Ridgewood Lakes: The layout at Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club was crafted by renowned architect Ted McAnlis, who has a fantastic reputation among seasoned golf lovers. Ridgewood Lakes also boasts Champions Turf greens, new bunkers, leveled tee boxes, lush landscaping and impeccable grounds maintenance. This Davenport golf course ranks among Florida's must-play facilities. It first opened in 1994 with both nines sporting strategically-placed hazards and fairways framed by sparkling white sand bunkers. |
There are also multiple tee boxes that are certain to make visitors of all ages and skill levels feel both challenged and competitive. From the Black Tees the course is over 7000 yards long, par 72.
Approx 3 miles from the Villa, turn left onto US-192 heading West.
|And a Little Further Afield: - As any golfer will tell you, Florida is home to golf courses that have become household names to avid golf watchers the world over. From the Tournament Players Course at Sawgrass with the frightening Par 3, 17th and it’s island green - Home to The Players Championship every May; to Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Course, situated a couple of miles West of International Drive; to The PGA National at Palm Beach, home to The Honda Classic every year; then, of course, there is the Blue Monster at Doral, just outside Miami. And many, many more...|
All of these courses are available for the club golfer, although costs will undoubtedly be higher than some of the courses aimed specifically at the holiday golfer.
And just in case you're in danger of taking the game of golf too seriously, don't forget Disney’s Winter Summerland mini-golf courses, one for Winter and one for Summer - the perfect place for the serious golfer to suffer humiliation at the hands of non-playing relatives, not to mention the children!!