With year-round Florida warmth making our golf season 365 days of swinging fun, it’s always tee time here. With lush fairways, undulating greens, water you might hesitate to call a hazard, and layouts architected by some of the best in the game, this is a golf vacation you’ll book again and again!
And if challenging golf courses make you eager to improve your game, we can get you on the road to lower scores. The David Leadbetter Golf Academy, ANNIKA Academy™, and The Golf Academy at Celebration are all respected golf academies right here in Central Florida. With top instructors breaking down every facet of your swing, that annoying hook or slice will no longer be a part of your game.
Here are a few local top rated courses to try:
Located right beside Windsor Hills Resort and rated 4 ½ Stars by Golf Digest and named one of Golfweek’s Top Resort Courses, Mystic Dunes Golf Club promises to leave a lasting impression on every guest. Greens reminiscent of Augusta National, par 4’s that rival some of the longest seen in major professional championships, and a diabolical quartet of par 3’s are just some of the outstanding features on this 7012 yard, par 71 track. The unique Gary Koch design incorporates five sets of tees to allow golfers of all skill levels to play a round that is both enjoyable and challenging.
Truly, one of America’s Most Distinctive Golf Challenges, ChampionsGate is your must-play golf experience for this year’s Florida Golf trip. Greg Norman has designed two signature golf courses just 15 minutes from International Drive. The result is a rare find: Two excellent and very different golf courses on a single site. The International course, which is one of the highest rated courses in Florida, has the look and feel of a links-style layout in the British Isles. The International offers a golf experience unlike any other in the Orlando area, but one that will be familiar to those who have played the links courses of Scotland and Ireland. The International was designed, constructed and seeded to offer a hard, fast playing surface similar to those found on true links courses. The International, with 18 of the most dramatic and challenging holes in Florida Golf, is destined to rank among the top resort courses in the country. A must-have for your Florida Golf vacation and one of the top golf courses in the Orlando area!
Celebration Golf Club is an upscale golf resort course that exudes an atmosphere of beautiful tranquility and fun. Sporting brand-new, Champions Dwarf Bermuda greens, Celebration continues to wow golfers with incredible course conditions and an unforgettable, full-golf experience. This course offers multiple strategic options with shot-making in mind that include narrow fairways, calculated hazards, undulating greens, and a series of pristine lakes and other water elements that come into play on all but one of the holes. This championship caliber course demands accurate approach shots and consistent putting. Celebration sports multiple tees on every hole and invites competition for many skill levels. It also features an on-site, Ping nFlight Fitting and Teaching Studio with two indoor hitting bays – one of only three nationwide. In the heart of Orlando, butoffering a serene golf experience, Celebration is protectively framed by borders of native trees, natural Florida wetlands and is speckled with clusters of pine, magnolia, and moss-draped oak trees. Host site of numerous golf events, Celebration is the hostsite for the U.S. Senior Open qualifier, Florida State Public Links Championship, and the Buick Scramble National Championships.
Walt Disney World has four outstanding championship golf courses (three of these courses are on the PGA Tour) and a par-36 practice course. Walt Disney World golf courses are run by Arnold Palmer Golf Management.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:
o Outstanding Golf and Meeting Award presented by Successful Meetings
o Named “Top 50 Great Service Facilities” by Golf Digest
o Professional championship courses for PGA TOUR events
o All 4 Championship courses certified by Audubon International as Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuaries
o Golf Medal Resort – Golf Magazine
o America’s Top 75 Resorts – Golf Digest
o Every course rated 4 – 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) – Golf Digest
Grand Cypress offers some of Orlando’s finest golf. Forty five holes of Nicklaus’ championship golf are featured in this unique layout. The North, South, and East Nines offer a variety of mental and physical stimuli that test accuracy rather than strength and distance. The original North-South combination, marked by sharply edged fairways, tall shaggy mounds, and plateau greens perched above water or sand, is a demanding, target-style test. The sportier, more wooded East Nine is more generous, with less bunkering (particularly in front of the greens) allowing for more run-up shots. Within the 27 hole combination, the golfer will find three uniquely challenging and rewarding 18 hole masterpieces. For the full round of 18, courses can be combined as the North-South, South-East, or East-North Course. Each combination provides a distinctive playing experience, which will challenge even the best of golfers.