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The new five-star Four Sea­sons re­sort at Walt Dis­ney World presents Tran­quilo, a beau­ti­ful new golf course.

Or­lando’s new­est course, Tran­quilo Golf Club, re­cently opened at the Four Sea­sons Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort. Bor­dered by pre­served nat­u­ral wet­lands and a cer­ti­fied Audubon Co­op­er­a­tive Sanc­tu­ary, wildlife abounds. Golfers will find rolling fair­ways, large, un­du­lat­ing greens and a lush set­ting of wood­lands and lakes. The club­house restau­rant, Plan­cha, fea­tures Cuban Amer­i­can fu­sion and world-class ser­vice guests ex­pect from the Four Sea­sons. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, 407.313.7777, www.foursea­­lando

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.

CHAM­PI­ONSGATE‒ De­signed by Greg Nor­man, this course of­fers golfers two dis­tinct ex­pe­ri­ences. The Na­tional is an Amer­i­can, park­land-style 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.cham­pi­ons­gat­e­golf. com. Omni Or­lando Re­sort. 1400 Masters Blvd., 407.787.4653.

DUB­S­DREAD ‒ Or­lando’s only mu­nic­i­pal course, which opened in 1924, fea­tures plen­ti­ful live oak trees, im­pres­sive land­scap­ing and the best burger in town. www.his­tor­i­cal­dub­s­ 549 W. Par St., 407.246.2551.

EA­GLE CREEK GOLF CLUB‒ A new par-73, 18-hole 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 miniverde greens. www.ea­gle­creek­ 10350 Emer­son Lake Blvd., 407.273.4653.

FAL­CON’S FIRE‒ Rated one of the best pub­lic cour­ses by Golf Di­gest, this Rees Jones Sig­na­tured-es­igned 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.

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.

GRANDE LAKES AT RITZ CARL­TON‒ Set at the head­wa­ters of the Florida Ever­glades at the presti- gious Ritz-Carl­ton, at this Greg Nor­man-de­signed course, pre­served wet­lands and nat­u­ral wood­lands dom­i­nate. Cad­die-concierge ser­vice avail­able. Ho­tel vis­i­tors wel­come. www.ritzcarl­ 4048 Cen­tral Florida Park­way, 407.393.4905.

KISSIMMEE BAY‒ The cham­pi­onship golf course in­cludes a com­plete prac­tice area with an over­wa­ter 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.

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.

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.

METROWEST COUN­TRY CLUB— 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.metrow­est­golf. com. 2100 S. Hi­awassee Road, 407.299.1099.

ORANGE COUNTY NA­TIONAL— Fea­tur­ing three dis­tinct cour­ses. Crooked Cat: This wind­ing, linksstyle 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.

PROV­I­DENCE— The 18-hole, semi-pri­vate, Mike Dasher-de­signed course will test the phys­i­cal and men­tal skills of your game. The course winds its way through creeks and lakes sur­rounded by large palms and hard­woods. Pic­turesque holes are chal­leng­ing yet fair. www.prov­i­ 1518 Club­house Blvd., Daven­port, 863.424.7916.

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.

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.

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.

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. www.south­ern­ 2888 South­ern Dunes Blvd., Haines City, 800.632.6400.

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 Scot­tish-style course, the Links con­tains one of the long­est holes in Florida. The Pines is tree-lined nearly ev­ery step of the way. A lighted course al­lows for play into the late af­ter­noon and evening. www.or­ange­lake. com. 8505 W. Irlo Bron­son Memo­rial High­way 192, Kissimmee, 407.239.0000.

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.

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.

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