Orlando offers more than just fantasy and thrill rides. It also happens to be home to some of the best golf courses in the state. Because of the great weather in Florida, golfing in Orlando is actually one of the top activities to do in the area, especially since there are some remarkable golf courses you can visit and play at. Orlando, Florida offers some of the most entertaining activities around; and if you’re a golfer, this is a good place to practice your swing. We’ve made a list of the top 10 golf courses in Orlando. Take your pick and enjoy your game.
10. The Legends at Orange Lake Resort
If you’re looking for something challenging for a good value, The Legends is a great place to start. Golf Advisor states that you won’t get your fill of bunkers and water hazards here, which means that this golf course is really good for improving your game. This course was built in 1998, and it’s well maintained and updated. One of the best features of this golf course is the fact that Arnold Palmer designed it, and you can actually find his tips and quotes all over the course.
9. Panther Lake at Orange County National Golf Center and Lounge
Located in Winter Garden, Panther Lake sits away from the hustle and bustle of the central Orlando area. This facility is open to the public, which means that you won’t have to deal with any resort fees. Built in 199, Panther Lake features Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass that only elevates your golf game if anything. You can play golf here year round—perfect for those looking for game during the winter season. If you need help to improve your swing, you can also hire a teaching pro to help you out.
8. Shingle Creek Golf Club
Sitting across from the soft Bermuda grass that covers the course is the beautiful building of Shingle Creek. This golf course is fairly new having only been built in 2003, which means that you can expect the amenities to be newer and more modern. The golf course is part of the Shingle Creek Resort and Convention Center. If you happen to be in the facility for an event, it’s enough reason to pick up your clubs for a quick break. There’s also a driving range in the facility if you’re not up to finish all 18 holes.
7. Walt Disney World Golf
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete if Walt Disney didn’t have anything to do with it. You don’t have to visit one of Walt Disney World’s theme parks in order to enjoy it, especially if you’d rather be golfing than getting in line for a ride. The WDW Golf features three 18-hole courses you can pick from, and it also features one 9-hole course for those who prefer to walk or those who only have time for a quick game. It might also be possible for you to play golf with Mickey Mouse; you might just have to ask.
6. Hawk’s Landing Golf Club
This golf course may be an oldie, but it’s definitely a good one. Hawk’s Landing is also a smaller course compared to other 18-holes, but it does the job. Built in 1986, the course features Diamond Zoysia Grass that you can walk on year round. You’ll also be glad to hear that this golf club features a teaching center—the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf. It’s the perfect place to go to if you want to play like the golfing legend. This course is located in the Marriott World Center and has become a favorite of many golfers as shown through its excellent service ratings.
5. New Course at Grand Cypress Resort
If you’re looking for something a little different than your typical golf course, the New Course at Grand Cypress Resort might be your best option. This course is Scottish-inspired and was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Gus Grantham. The fairways are covered in 419 Bermuda grass, and the Greens are covered in Tif-dwarf. It features and offers most golfing amenities, and you can play here year-roudn as long as you’re wearing proper golfing attire.
4. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes
There’s truly nothing like having the luxury golf experience, and Ritz-Carlton offers the best in luxury—if that’s what you’re looking for. At this course, you’ll get the stunning Florida Everglades as your backdrop. Wonderful pines and palmettos will also surround you. It’s truly a beautiful place to play golf at, and the luxury offering is like no other. You’ll get challenged enough on the course, but just remember that luxury comes at a price.
3. El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort and Club
Just a little northwest of Orlando’s center is Mission Inn Resort and Club. This resort offers some of the best holes Orlando has to offer. It’s important to note that this place was built in 1917. It’s got a ton of character and history, and you’ll definitely feel it while you’re there. The fairways and greens are covered in Bermuda grass and Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass respectively. This golf course has consistently been ranked as a top course in Florida in the last few years.
2. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
Built in 2009, this golf course is located in the Waldorf Astoria golf resort in the Walt Disney World grounds. It exudes luxury and tranquility like no other. The best time to play a round of golf here is early in the morning when everything is still quiet. Sunset golfing at the Waldorf Astoria is also undeniably magical. This course is just one of those places that you’re going to want to go back to time and time again.
1. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons
If golf is your game, then Tranquilo Golf Club should be a priority to visit. There’s really no course out there as modern as this one. This facility used to be known as Osprey Ridge Golf Course, but they went through a rebranding that turned the golf course into a world-class facility. There’s Bermuda grass all around, and you’ll have access to newer amenities at this course. Make sure you take advantage of the driving range and state-of-the-art practice facility to work on your game. It’s something you won’t want to miss.
Written by Liz Flynn
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