GOLF

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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.

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