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In addition to its world famous theme parks, Orlando is also home to an endless supply of great golf courses. For those that prefer 18 holes to roller coasters, here's a look at some of the best golf courses in Orlando.
The 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus championship golf at Grand Cypress will both challenge and delight the player. The North, South, and East courses feature many vintage Nicklaus design quirks, like an abundance of water hazards, undulating greens, and penalizing bunkers. Meanwhile, the New Course at Grand Cypress is a tribute to the links of Scotland, and is perhaps the most unique golf course in Florida.
If big name designers is what you're after, then the Reunion Resort is head of the class in Orlando. The resort features courses by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson, not to mention a teaching academy by Annika Sorenstam. Each of the layouts provide a unique challenge for the golfer, making the Reunion Resort the perfect choice for an extended Orlando golf vacation.
Disney's Osprey Ridge
Even Disney is part of the golfing action in Orlando, and their Osprey Ridge course is one of the most challenging and picturesque in the city. The Tom Fazio design features numerous elevated tee boxes and greens, and if you listen closely you might might hear the whistle from the Magic Kingdom train. In 2014, Osprey Ridge will become the resort course for the new Four Seasons Orlando, currently under construction.
Orlando attracts national conferences and annual corporate meetings due to its large amount of event space and venues, and a lot of those visitors come here to golf. Here are a few of the best places to golf for leisure or business.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club has a strong emphasis on maintaining the area’s ecosystem; designer Greg Norman built this exquisite course amongst ponds, live oaks and cypress. The course is an 18-hole, par-72 with an optional caddie concierge service.
MetroWest Golf Club
Built in 1987, MetroWest Golf Club is a residential course that attracts many visitors from around the country. This 18-hole, par-72 golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., is only minutes away from Universal Studios and rests on a large plane of spring-fed lakes and shady trees.
ChampionGate Golf Club
ChampionsGate Golf Club in Orlando offers two excellent 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Greg Norman. One of the more popular golf courses in Central Florida, ChampionsGate is designed around scenic wetlands and offers a true Florida golf experience with pines, oaks and cypress groves.
With 176 golf courses dotting the Orlando landscape, the only trouble golfers have is deciding which ones to tackle during their trip. There are 45 holes to play at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, including four uniquely challenging Jack Nicklaus Signature Design courses as well as a 9-hole Pitch 'n' Putt course designed to help golfers improve their short game.
Reunion Resort boasts courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, as well as a course by Jack Nicklaus, which was listed as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses” by Golfweek. Reunion Resort is also home to ANNIKA Academy, a teaching academy created by Annika Sorenstam.
There’s an 18-hole, par-72 Greg Norman Signature Golf Course at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando where players can opt to have a caddie join them on their round. Further perks include the sprawling clubhouse, fives sets of tees, and one of just nine Golf Digest Schools sites in the country.