A Sampling of Orlando Golf
For the discerning golfer, finding a golf course for your next trip to Florida could be formidable task. If you use any of the travel guides you will quickly learn that Florida is divided into eight regions. Each region has a significant number of golf destinations to choose from. On a recent February trip to the sunshine state, four of us from the Michigan Golfer Magazine chose the Central region to tee it up. The Central region of Florida is home to one of the top tourist attractions in the world ĺ─ý Orlando. When you think of Florida golf, Orlando does not jump out at you. Most people think of magical mice, far-a-way mystical kingdoms, mammoth sea creatures and glitzy movie stars when they think of Orlando. However, you will be surprised at the amount and quality of golf courses in the Orlando area to choose from.
Our objective was to play four different courses in a four-day period within 20 miles of the Orlando area. Becki Schneider of Jameson Golf helped arrange our venues. We began our golf journey at the Joe Lee designed International Golf Club in the heart of Orlando. Our second day took us to the International Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. masterpiece located near Universal Studio. On the third day we visited Falcon's Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, a Rees Jones design and we conclude our golf experience with the newly opened Orange County National that offers two magnificent courses, Crooked Cat and Panther Lake. Both of these beautiful courses were designed by Phil Ritson, Dave Harmon and Isao Aoki. All four of these courses had special qualities that made our golf experience one to remember.
International Golf Club, (800-371-1165, http://www.internationalgolfclub.com/).
MetroWest Country Club, (407-299-1099, http://www.metrowestorlando.com).
Falcon's Fire Golf Club, (877-878-3473, http://www.falconsfire.com/).
Orange County National, (407-656-2626, http://www.ocngolf.com/).
The Panther Lake course offers 18 signature holes through natural oak hammocks, pine forests, scenic wetlands and freshwater lakes. A challenging 7295 yards from the tips. Two spectacular golf courses that offer some of the best golf in the Orlando area. Prices range from $90 off season to $125 in season.
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