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CEL­E­BRA­TION GOLF CLUB— This course’s mag­nif­i­cent par-72, 6,786-yard cham­pi­onship lay­out was de­signed by world-renowned golf course ar­chi­tect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. Ameni­ties in­clude a dou­ble-sided aquatic driv­ing range and the Wind­mill Tavern. www.cel­e­bra­ 701 Golf Park Drive, Cel­e­bra­tion, 407.566.4653. Map 4, C6 CHAMPIONSGATE— De­signed by Greg Nor­man, this course of­fers golfers two dis­tinct ex­pe­ri­ences. The Na­tional is an Amer­i­can, park­land­style course carved from farm­land and citrus groves. Golfers en­joy the mem­o­rable par-3 holes, for­giv­ing fair­ways and sweep­ing sand bunker­ing. The In­ter­na­tional of­fers a Bri­tish Isles links ex­pe­ri­ence, promis­ing a de­mand­ing game with its sand dunes and scruffy roughs. www.cham­pi­ons­gat­e­ Omni Or­lando Re­sort.1400 Mas­ters Blvd., 407.787.4653. Map 4, B7 DUBSDREAD— Or­lando’s only mu­nic­i­pal course, which opened in 1924, re­cently got a facelift. Though the course has im­proved to pro­vide golfers with a more mod­ern game, many of the old course’s de­lights re­main, such as the plenti- ful live oak trees and im­pres­sive land­scap­ing. www.his­tor­i­cal­dub­s­ 549 W. Par St., 407.246.2551. EA­GLE CREEK GOLF CLUB— A new par-73, 18hole cham­pi­onship golf course with five par 5s de­signed by Ron Garl and Howard Swan. This dis­tinc­tive course blends Amer­i­can and Euro­pean de­sign with Scot­tish-style bunkers and bulk­heads around greens. It’s the first course in Florida with mini-verde greens. www. ea­gle­creek­ 10350 Emer­son Lake Blvd., 407.273.4653. Map 4, I5 FAL­CON’S FIRE— Rated one of the best pub­lic cour­ses by Golf Di­gest, this Rees Jones Sig­na­ture de­signed cham­pi­onship course is chal­leng­ing yet playable for golfers of all skill lev­els and stretches nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees. www. fal­cons­ 3200 Ser­alago Blvd., Kis­sim­mee, 407.239.5445. Map 4, D5 GRAND CY­PRESS GOLF CLUB— Whether you’re look­ing to im­prove your game, or just want some­where to spend a re­lax­ing af­ter­noon, ev­ery­thing comes to­gether here with 45 holes of Jack Nick­laus Sig­na­ture golf. The golf academy has been ranked among the na­tion’s top golf schools. www.grand­cy­­club. 1 N. Jacaranda St., 877.330.7377. Map 4, D4 GRANDE LAKES AT RITZ- CARL­TON— Set at the head­wa­ters of the Florida Everglades, this Greg Nor­man- de­signed course of­fers two dis­tinct set­tings. Sev­eral holes are routed through pris­tine ar­eas, where pre­served wet­lands and nat­u­ral wood­lands dom­i­nate. By con­trast, the three dy­namic fin­ish­ing holes weave along­side two tow­er­ing ho­tels. Cad­die- concierge ser­vice avail­able. www.ritz­carl­ 4048 Cen­tral Florida Park­way, 407.393.4905. Map 4, F4 KIS­SIM­MEE GOLF CLUB— Cham­pi­onship Par 72 course, driv­ing range, fully stocked pro shop, res­tau­rant and lounge. Also home of Tee to Green Golf School. www.kiss­golf­ 3103 Florida Coach Drive, Kis­sim­mee, 407.847.2816. Map 4, F6 MAR­RIOTT GRANDE PINES GOLF CLUB— Steve Smy­ers de­signed, the Pines golf course reg­u­larly makes Golfweek’s Top 100 Amer­ica’s Best Re­sort Cour­ses. Set among lakes and lots of na­tive trees, the course is a mem­ber of the Audubon Co­op­er­a­tive Sanc­tu­ary Pro­gram for Golf Cour­ses. www.grande­ 6351 In­ter­na­tional Golf Club Road, 407.239.6108. Map 4, E4

MAR­RIOTT GRANDE VISTA GOLF CLUB— Sur­rounded by mag­nif­i­cent oaks and beau­ti­ful cy­press trees, the Vista course sits on the head­wa­ters of the Florida Everglades. The nine-hole, par-32 Ron Garl de­sign with golf academy en­cour­ages learn­ing and devel­op­ment for all lev­els but also pro­vides chal­lenges for the most avid golfer. www.grande­ 12001 Avenida Verde, 407.238.7677. Map 2, C4 METROWEST COUN­TRY CLUB— Re­cently re­opened af­ter a $1.5 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, this course is em­pha­sized by broad, gen­er­ous fair­ways with 100-foot el­e­va­tions, wa­ter haz­ards and ex­pan­sive bunkers. De­signed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., MetroWest is a fair yet vig­or­ous test of skill. www. metrow­est­ 2100 S. Hi­awassee Road, 407.299.1099. Map 4, E2 ORANGE COUNTY NA­TIONAL— Fea­tur­ing three dis­tinct cour­ses. Crooked Cat: This wind­ing, links-style course of­fers un­pre­dictable play and a mem­o­rable back nine. Pan­ther: Be­sides be­ing 7,295 yards, it’s no­table for its veg­e­ta­tion, land­scapes and el­e­va­tions. Tooth: This nine-hole ex­ec­u­tive course on a man-made lake is great for warm-up, for prac­tice and for kids. www.oc­n­ 16301 Phil Rit­son Way, Win­ter Gar­den, 407.656.2626. Map 4, B2 RE­UNION RE­SORT— Three cour­ses de­signed by the big­gest names in golf, along with An­nika Academy. Arnold Palmer’s Legacy Course is a 6,916-yard, par 72, 18-hole course with dra­matic, rolling hills. Jack Nick­laus’ Tra­di­tion Course is smooth with long hori­zon lines, tempt­ing you to hit big. Tom Watson’s 7,257-yard, par 72 In­de­pen­dence Course hosts a va­ri­ety of bunkers and large greens.­union­re­ 7593 Gath­er­ing Drive, Re­union, 407.662.1000. Map 4, C7 SHIN­GLE CREEK GOLF CLUB— An ex­cep­tional David Har­man de­sign, mea­sur­ing 7,149 yards. The course fea­tures the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, tour­na­ment con­di­tions, com­pli­men­tary valet and a GPS yardage sys­tem. www.shin­gle­creek­ 9939 Uni­ver­sal Blvd., 407.996.9933. Map 4, F3 SOUTH­ERN DUNES GOLF & COUN­TRY CLUB— De­signed by Steve Smy­ers, it’s con­sis­tently rec­og­nized by Golf Di­gest, Golf Week and Links mag­a­zines as one of Florida’s best. The hill­side lay­out stretches over 7,200 yards with 100 feet of el­e­va­tion changes and great views of fair­ways. Fast rolling greens test even the most ex­pe­ri­enced golfer. www.south­ern­ 2888 South­ern Dunes Blvd., Haines City, 800.632.6400. Map 4, B7 off grid THE LEG­ENDS AT ORANGE LAKE RE­SORT— The crown jewel of this multi- course golf club is The Leg­ends, fea­tur­ing the Links and the Pines de­signed by Arnold Palmer. Rem­i­nis­cent of an old Scot­tish­style course, the Links con­tains one of the long­est holes in Florida. The Pines is tree-lined nearly ev­ery step of the way. www.or­ange­ 8505 W. Irlo Bron­son Memo­rial High­way 192, Kis­sim­mee, 407.239.0000. Map 4, B5 WALT DIS­NEY WORLD GOLF-LAKE BUENA VISTA— Old-fash­ioned styling gives this course a coun­try- club feel. While tech­ni­cally shorter than other Dis­ney cour­ses, this com­bines ubiq­ui­tous wa­ter with nar­row fair­ways to cre­ate a chal­leng­ing game. Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort, 407.939.4653. Map 4, C5 WALT DIS­NEY WORLD GOLF-MAG­NO­LIA— The big­gest and most for­mi­da­ble of the Dis­ney cour­ses. The whim­si­cal sixth hole fea­tures a Mickey-shaped sand trap in front of the green. Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort, 407.939.4653. Map 4, C5 WALT DIS­NEY WORLD GOLF- OAK TRAIL— A nine­hole, par 36 course, Oak Trail was de­signed with fam­i­lies in mind. Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort, 407.939.4653. Map 4, D5 WALT DIS­NEY WORLD GOLF-PALM— Shorter and tighter than Mag­no­lia, the Palm is a clas­sic Florida course with el­e­vated greens and tees and lots of wa­ter. Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort, 407.939.4653. Map 4, D5 TRANQUILO GOLF CLUB— Bor­dered by pre­served nat­u­ral wet­lands and a cer­ti­fied Audubon Co­op­er­a­tive Sanc­tu­ary, wildlife abounds. Rolling fair­ways, large, un­du­lat­ing greens, and a lush set­ting of wood­lands and lakes com­bine for a calm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. www.foursea­son­sor­ 3451 Golf View Drive, 800.267.3046 Map 4, C4

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