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CEL­E­BRA­TION GOLF CLUB— This course’s 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, an Amer­i­can, park­land-style course and a Bri­tish Isles links course with 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, is known for its beau­ti­ful, live oak trees, im­pres­sive land­scap­ing and pub that’s said to have the best burger in town. Lo­cated near down­town Or­lando in Col­lege Park. www.his­tor­i­cal­dub­s­ 549 W. Par St., 407.246.2551. EA­GLE CREEK GOLF CLUB— This dis­tinc­tive course de­signed by Ron Garl and Howard Swan 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 7,000 yards from the back tees. www. fal­cons­ 3200 Ser­alago Blvd., Kissimmee, 407.239.5445. Map 4, D5 GRAND CY­PRESS GOLF CLUB— 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, sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful na­ture, this Greg Nor­man-de­signed course of­fers two dis­tinct set­tings. Cad­die-concierge ser­vice avail­able. www.ritzcarl­ 4048 Cen­tral Florida Park­way, 407.393.4905. Map 4, F4 KISSIMMEE BAY— The cham­pi­onship golf course

in­cludes a com­plete prac­tice area with an over- wa­ter driv­ing range. The club­house fea­tures the Lan­g­ley Golf Mu­seum, ex­hibit­ing an­tique balls, clubs and golf mem­o­ra­bilia.­golfinkissim­ 2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee, 407.348.4653. Map 4, G6 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, F7 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. 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. www. re­union­re­ 7593 Gath­er­ing Drive, Re­union, 407.662.1000. Map 4, C7 ROYAL ST. CLOUD GOLF LINKS— Rolling, wide-ter­raced fair­ways are dot­ted with bunkers with names such as Feather, Devil’s Pocket and Hell’s Bunker– just like the ones across the pond. The course, which plays 7,111 yards from the tips to 5,027 yards from the front, fea­tures light­ning-fast greens. www. roy­al­st­cloud­ 5310 Michi­gan Ave., St. Cloud, 407.891.7010. Map 4, H7 off grid; SOUTH­ERN DUNES GOLF & COUN­TRY CLUB— De­signed by Steve Smy­ers, it’s con­sis­tently rec­og­nized by Golf Di­gest, Golf Week, and Links maga- zines 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 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, 407.313.7777 Map 4, C3 WAL­DORF AS­TO­RIA GOLF CLUB— This Rees Jones­de­signed, 18-hole, 7,113-yard cham­pi­onship course is open to the pub­lic. Pine and cy­press trees line the fair­ways and bunkers are rem­i­nis­cent of cour­ses de­signed a cen­tury ago. www.wal­dor­fas­to­riagolf­ 14200 Bon­net Creek Re­sort Lane, 407.597.3783. Map 4, D5 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 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

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