Golf Cour­ses

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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.bay­ 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.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.cham­pi­ons­gat­e­ 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. his­tor­i­cal­dub­s­ 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.ea­gle­creeko­r­ 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. fal­cons­ 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. grand­cy­­club. 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.ritzcarl­ 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. har­mony­golf­p­re­ 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. golfhawk­sland­ 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.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. metrow­est­ 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.oc­n­ 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.mys­tic­dunes­ 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.­union­re­ 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.shin­gle­creek­ 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.roy­al­st­cloud­ 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.south­ern­ 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. stream­songre­ 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.or­ange­ 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.foursea­son­sor­ 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. 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. 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. Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort, 1950 W. Mag­no­lia Palm Drive, 407.939.4653.

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