Where to play golf in Orlando, plus details on public play at the Four Seasons.
BAY HILL CLUB & LODGE— Guests of the 70-room lodge have access to the famous home course of Arnold Palmer, featuring 27 holes along the scenic Butler Chain of Lakes. Amenities also include a spa and salon, marina, tennis courts, restaurant and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy. www.bayhill.com. 9000 Bay Hill Blvd., 888.422.9445. 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 an 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, 8575 White Shark Blvd., 407.787.4653. DUBSDREAD— Orlando’s only municipal course, which opened in 1924, features plentiful live oak trees, impressive landscaping and the Taproom, home to one of the best burgers in town. www. historicaldubsdread.com. 549 W Par St., 407.246.2551. EAGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB— A par-73, 18hole championship golf course with five par-5 holes designed by Ron Garl and Howard Swan. This distinctive course blends American and European design with Scottish-style bunkers and bulkheads around greens. www.eaglecreekorlando.com. 10350 Emerson Lake Blvd., 407.273.4653. FALCON’S FIRE— Rated one of the best public courses by Golf Digest, this Rees Jones Signaturedesigned 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— 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, 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.ritzcarlton.com. 4048 Central Florida Parkway, 407.393.4905. HARMONY GOLF PRESERVE— The front nine of this Johnny Miller-designed course meanders through the community of Harmony while the back nine winds through acres of lakes, woods and conservation areas. www. harmonygolfpreserve.com. 7251 Five Oaks Drive, Harmony, 407.891.8525. HAWK’S LANDING GOLF CLUB— Hawk’s Landing Golf Club spans 220 acres on this par 71, 18-hole course designed by Robert Cupp, Jr. Golfers can hone their skills at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy and refuel at the club’s steakhouse. www. golfhawkslanding.com. 8701 World Center Drive, 800.567.2623. 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.