Orlando is a special place where anyone can go and feel like a kid no matter what age. Whether you are planning a trip to a theme park or you want to play as many of the 190-plus golf courses as your body will allow, Orlando is a wonderful place to roll back the years. It is no surprise that this region is home to more professional golfers than any other city in the world.
Orlando is arguably the modern-day home of golf with such a concentration of great courses and facilities. The PGA Tour visits each year for The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in a special event that always attracts one of the strongest fields of the year. The climate also helps to make this a haven for golfers with perpetually sunny conditions.
With two exceptional courses on offer, The National and The International, Championsgate is a resort that embodies all that is great about golf in Orlando. Both courses are challenging and designed by Greg Norman with The National offering a classic American parkland feel whilst The International is more links turf. Another great feature here is the David Leadbetter Golf Academy where you can improve your game under the watch of one of the greatest names in coaching.
Orange County National (OCN), is another 36-hole complex with the Panther and the Crooked Cat courses. This is one of the best public courses in the entire US and each hole is as distinct and memorable as the last. This is a place you’ll want to visit more than once. Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club is a unique member of the Orlando golf family. This par-72 is over 7,200 yards and its lush undulating terrain is a change from the typically flat layouts of Orlando. The tree-lined holes and strategic bunkering makes this a brilliant risk/reward course to navigate.
The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club by Rees Jones is a visually stunning haven for golfers. With glorious Cypress trees and a course that was built with the great traditions of the sport in mind, this track is a masterpiece that effortlessly blends into the wonderful nature around it. At Lake Buena Vista, the Tranquilo Golf Club from the Four Seasons resort is abundant with wildlife and recognised for its environmentally friendly approach. The course provides an incredible finishing hole to make sure you never forget your experience here.
Bella Collina Golf Club is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. This lush course is nestled among the orange groves and the gentle rolling hills create the feeling of sanctuary. Finally, the three courses at Reunion Resort make it a great place to stay and take in the surrounds. The Watson, Palmer and Nicklaus courses each offer distinct and fun rounds of golf! Few resorts can match the facilities of Reunion!
Other great courses in the area include: Grande Lakes Orlando at the Ritz-Carlton, Celebration Golf Club, Grand Cypress, and Hawk’s Landing.