Golfers Play Four Seasons
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.fourseasons.com/orlando
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.celebrationgolf.com. 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.historicaldubsdread.com. 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.eaglecreekgolf.info. 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. falconsfire.com. 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. grandcypress.com/golf_club. 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.ritzcarlton.com. 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. www.playgolfinkissimmee.com. 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.kissgolfclub.com. 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.grandevistagolf.com. 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.ocngolf.com. 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.providence-golf.com. 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. reunionresort.com. 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. royalstcloudgolflinks.com. 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.shinglecreekgolf.com. 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.southerndunes.com. 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.waldorfastoriagolfclub.com. 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. www.golfwdw.com. Walt Disney World Resort, 407.939.4653.
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