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Time to Tee it Up - The Golf Page

Waw, where do we start? Well if it's golf you're after then you've come to the right place. There are so many courses within the Orlando area that cater for all handicap levels. From beginners to the scratch golfer most courses will have 4 or 5 tee boxes so that everyone will enjoy their round.

We've listed some of our personal favorites here for you, and further down the page you will find links to a whole number of others that are both private members courses, (which normally means you have to be invited to play there by a member), or public courses that everyone can enjoy. However, don't be fooled by the term "public course", these courses will be a match for anything you'll find anywhere else in the world in terms of their quality ...... and don't forget that most have a buggy, (or cart), included in the price of the round.

The Pro shops at all these courses are usually very well stocked and normally carry rental clubs and golf shoes for hire. Phone ahead if you aren't taking your own with you to ensure these are available.

A word of advice. When you have decided on where you want to play, either go online to that course website, (quite a few offer online tee time reservation systems), and reserve a tee time or call the pro shop directly. During the summer months the most popular time for a round is anything between 7am, (or earlier), and 10am and tee times are at a premium for 2 reasons. Firstly, it gets very hot once the sun has come up in Florida in the summer and they do tend to get the odd sharp thunder storm during the afternoon around 3pm. Secondly, if you've tee'd off by 7am you should be back by 11am and you can then keep the rest of the family happy by doing all the theme parks for the rest of the day, (or god forbid the shopping malls!). The other alternaitve is to look for twilight offers that normally start from 4-5pm onwards when green fees are reduced.

Don't forget to ask whether the greens have been or are scheduled to be top dressed and hollow tined when you plan to play. Tthey do tend to have particular times of year when this maintenance takes place. And finally, dont get caught out by the Mickelson/Vijay stand-off ..... if you are taking your own golf shoes please be aware that most courses only allow soft spikes.

Anyway, on to the courses .............

Reunion Resort and Club

The morning dew glimmers on Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando's fairways and a new day of exceptional golf begins. Reunion's outstanding golf is recognized as the greatest 36 holes (soon to be 54 holes) of golf in central Florida. Polish off your clubs and experience three Signature golf courses designed by some of the greatest names in golf—Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus (Nicklaus course to open in 2006). These unique courses of ingenuity and distinctive beauty are guaranteed to thrill golfers time and time again.

Reunion currently offers a spectacular pair of Signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. Palmer's Legacy course features a parkland ambience of gently rolling fairways, while Watson's Independence course evokes more of a links-type experience. Nicklaus' Tradition course (opening in early 2006) will utilize a landscape of sweeping ranchland. No matter how you slice it, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for golfers to experience the vision of three true masters of the game.

The Disney Courses

Play golf the way it is meant to be. Experience 99 holes of the world's greatest golf on lush green fairways and tournament-ready surfaces. Explore the award-winning courses now.

Eagle Pines ....

4½ out of 5 stars, as rated by Golf Digest .
Take on the rolling fairways and surrounding wetlands that give Eagle Pines a unique look and an equally matchless challenge. Follow this low-profile, Carolina-style course along the natural contours of the land where water and sand await errant shots. Famed designer Pete Dye's signature undulating greens are well-guarded by strategically placed bunkers. Here, success lies in the touch more than the power.
Enhance your on-course experience at this course which now features golf carts equipped with the latest GPS Technology powered by Uplink Corporation. This state-of-the-art equipment offers realistic computer-generated images of course fairways, greens and hazards that add a new dimension to the golf experience.

Osprey Ridge ......

4½ out of 5 stars, as rated by Golf Digest .

Explore dramatic fairways that cut through forests of scrub oak, pine, palmetto, cypress and bay trees. The serene splendor of an elegant wilderness envelops a superb Tom Fazio-designed Florida landscape. Understand why Golf Digest recognized this truly spectacular course as one of the best in Florida. The GPS feature is also available here at Osprey Ridge.

Palm .......

4 out of 5 stars, as rated by Golf Digest .

Experience the natural beauty of the Florida woodlands that makes this majestic course one of America's premier resort destinations. Both a pleasure to play and one of Disney's toughest courses, this Joe Lee masterpiece features sparkling lakes and tropical sand, all in a gorgeous golf landscape populated with strategically placed palms. Played each year as part of the PGA TOUR FUNAI Classic, Disney's Palm offers plenty of challenges for the novice and seasoned pro alike.

Magnolia .......

4 out of 5 stars, as rated by Golf Digest .

Step onto the first tee and into the shoes of champions. Power your way down the fairways at this home to the final rounds of the PGA TOUR FUNAI Classic. These beautifully manicured links, designed by Joe Lee, are named for an abundance of fragrant Magnolias. Elevated tees, spacious greens and tranquil water hazards immerse you in a natural setting fit for a fulfilling round of championship golf.

Lake Buena Vista .......

4 out of 5 stars, as rated by Golf Digest .
Enjoy a meandering course that winds its way through pastel villas, pine forests, palmettos and sparkling lakes. Experience the pleasures of a classic country-club course with a distinctive atmosphere. Tee off next to boats and canals and enjoy views of an enchanting lighthouse. Golfing here is, in the words of course architect Joe Lee, "exciting, challenging, yet fun to play."








and completeing Disney's 6 courses, Oak Trail ........

Have you ever seen a 9 hole course looking in this shape? Enjoy a delightful time at this retreat that is home to a pleasurable nine-hole, par-36 course. Play the excellent, undulating target greens. This design is for everyone, with holes ranging from 132 to 517 yards from the back tees. It's perfect for the developing golfer or the experienced player. Ideal for a family outing or getting in a quick nine, Oak Trail is a great place to relax.

Champions Gate

Champions Gate Golf Club is home to two unique 18-hole championship golf courses designed  by accomplished architect and golfer, Greg Norman.     

This beautiful resort offers an un-matched golf facility and is regarded as one of the top courses, not only in Florida, but in the United States. Also featuring an impressive clubhouse, restaurant and banquet facility, ChampionsGate has garnered an enviable reputation for its accomplished, attentive and professional staff.

Located just 15 minutes from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, ChampionsGate also plays host to the Office Depot Father/Son Challenge and remains in tournament-playing condition year round.

There are literally hundreds more to chose from in Orlando and we have tried to list a few here for you. Please click on the back button on your browser to return to this page after you have finished viewing the relevant golf course page.

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Other Orlando Golf Courses

The Orlando Golf Map

As you can see from the map below our property "South Palms" is located just towards the bottom left hand corner above Champions Gate which is literally 5 minutes away. Highlands Reserve, (see review above), isn't shown on this map as our house is right on top of it but that is even closer and about 1 mile away. All the Disney courses detailed above are about 15 minutes away from the property and are represented by the trademark Mickey ears of Walt Disney World to the right of our property. And as you can see nearly all of the courses shown are a maximum of 45 minutes to 1 hour away. But please be aware, there are many more courses in the area covered by this map that have not been included.

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