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., Championsgate, 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 Signature-designed 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, 407.393.4900.
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.
ORANGE COUNTY NATIONAL‒ Three distinct courses include the Crooked Cat, a winding, links-style course offering unpredictable play and a memorable back nine; Panther, 7,295 yards of notable vegetation, landscapes and elevations; and Tooth, a nine-hole executive course on a man-made lake that is great for warm-up, practice and kids. www.ocngolf.com. 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, 407.656.2626.
MYSTIC DUNES GOLF CLUB ‒ Designed by Champions Tour Player and NBC golf analyst Gary Koch and highly rated by Golf Digest magazine, the par-72 course is distinguished by 80-foot elevation changes, rolling sand dunes, mature oaks and large wetland areas. www.mysticdunesgolf.com. 7600 Mystic Dunes Lane, Kissimmee, 407.787.5678.
REUNION RESORT‒ Three courses are designed by the biggest names in golf. 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, Kissimmee, 407.662.1000.
SHINGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB ‒ Newly renovated with the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the course at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort features tournament conditions, complimentary valet, a GPS yardage system and onsite resort and spa. www.shinglecreekgolf.com. 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.9933.
ROYAL ST. CLOUD GOLF LINKS ‒ ”The #1 Rated Links Course in Orlando” by Buick Style & Review magazine. For players who appreciate the historic courses of the British Isles, they’ll love the 27 holes of this spectacular links design, all on emeraldgreen fairways and silky-smooth greens and with four tee choices from 7,103 yards to 5,059 yards. www.royalstcloudgolflinks.com. 5310 Michigan Ave., St. Cloud, 407.891.7010.
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. Fast rolling greens test even the most experienced golfer. www.southerndunes.com. 2888 Southern Dunes Blvd., Haines City, 800.632.6400.
STREAMSONG GOLF RESORT‒ This 16,000-acre resort in Central Florida features two signature golf courses and a hotel and spa. Located on a former mining site, the unique courses feature dramatic topography, Links-style fairways and fast, true greens. Caddies strongly encouraged. www. streamsongresort.com. 1000 Streamsong Drive, Bowling Green, 888.294.6322.
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. www.orangelake.com. 8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway 192, Kissimmee, 407.239.0000.
TRANQUILO GOLF CLUB AT FOUR SEASONS ‒ 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.fourseasonsorlando.com. 3451 Golf View Drive, 407.313.7777.
WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF LAKE BUENA VISTA‒ Old-fashioned styling gives this course a countryclub feel. While technically shorter than other Disney courses, this combines ubiquitous water with narrow fairways to create a challenging game. www.golfwdw.com. Walt Disney World Resort, 2200 Golf Drive, 407.939.4653.
WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF OAK TRAIL‒ A ninehole, par-36 course, Oak Trail was designed with families in mind. All Disney courses are open to the public, regardless of whether you’re staying on Disney property. www.golfwdw.com. Walt Disney World Resort, 1950 W. Magnolia Palm Drive, 407.939.4653.
WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF PALM ‒ Shorter and tighter than Magnolia, the Palm is a classic Florida course with elevated greens, tees and lots of water. www.golfwdw.com. Walt Disney World Resort, 1950 W. Magnolia Palm Drive, 407.939.4653.