Orlando, Florida is one of the premiere hotspots for golfing in the country. There are countless golf courses ranging from exclusive member only to courses that host PGA tournaments. Each course offers an unique experience. Some courses even offer impressive clubhouses complete with hi-end restaurants. Here are just some of the fine courses located in the Greater Orlando area.
Heathrow Country Club
Heathrow Country Club is a stunning 18 hole course located in the heart of the Heathrow community. This private residential golf course was designed by Ron Garl and has beautiful breathtaking fairways and plenty of scenery to enjoy at each hole. The private clubhouse offers in door dining as well as outdoor patio dining, a premier bar and lounge.
Magnolia Plantation Golf Club
Lake Mary, FL
This almost 7200-yard David Harman creation opened in 2000 with a slight redesign in 2005 by Tommy Fazio (Tom’s nephew) . The visually stunning layout features 18 distinctly different holes, all carved out of the Wekiva River Basin. Surrounded by a variety of hardwood trees and native vegetation, the fairways are gently rolling and weave through an upscale real estate development, where water can be found on 15 holes.
Timacuan Golf Club
Lake Mary, FL
A must-play while in Central Florida, Timacuan is a stunning 6,900-yard championship course located in Lake Mary. Originally by Ron Garl in 1987 and totally renovated with a new look and feel by Bobby Weed in 1996, the course features two very distinct nines. The front nine resembles a Scottish links layout with rolling fairways bordered by sandy waste areas and deep pot bunkers. Water features can be found on 3 holes. The back has the feel of the finest Carolina pineland courses with abundant wildlife and water almost everywhere in sight. Add outstanding club facilities, a first-class staff and attention to customer service, and you quickly understand why Timacuan is so great and so highly recommended.
Alaqua Lakes Country Club
This Gary Player designed course makes golf enjoyable as well as challenging, and is very playable for the average golfer. Watch out for the 6th hole, a 352-yard par 4, featuring a green that is nearly surrounded by water, trees and sand bunkers. At this residential golf course there are no tee times. Members enjoy a full clubhouse facility with complimentary bag storage and shoe service.
The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes
Alaqua Country Club is an 18-hole regulation length golf course in Longwood, Florida. This course is a Tom Fazio masterpiece. It is carved around a dense forest of lush mature trees with spectacular topography, including dramatic slopes and rises. This course is one of only 17 courses in the world to be certified as an Audubon International Signature Cooperative Sanctuary. Five sets of tees make it playable for all skill levels.
Rolling Hills Golf Club
Rolling Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole regulation length golf course in Longwood, Florida. This course is dedicated to providing members and guests with excellent golfing facilities and an atmosphere of friendly recreation. In addition to a fine 18 hole golf course, the club offers golfing tournaments for men, women and juniors, as well as social activities throughout the year. The Clubhouse is available for weddings, corporate meetings, banquets or special occasion functions.
Wekiva Golf Club
If you ever wished for golf in the neighborhood, this would be one to shoot for. A lush, beautiful golf course that makes the most of its Wekiva River-area landscape, this 18 hole course is distinguished by an open layout that allows golfers of all levels to enjoy a superb afternoon of recreation. Architect Ron Garl and his design firm have redone all of the greens, green surrounds, and green side bunkering. The greens have been re-surfaced with TifEagle Bermuda and are in excellent condition; rolling smooth and fast. In addition, Garl has added new tees to a number of holes and the course now plays approximately 400 yards longer from the tips. Wekiva is truly a great test for golfers of all levels; a course that you will return to year after year.
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Truly one of the most recognizable courses in America, Bay Hill is known as Arnold Palmer’s winter home course. This is one of the most popular courses on the PGA tour. There’s something about Bay Hill that makes a golfer’s heart beat faster. Open only to Club members and guests staying at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, the breathtaking course sweeps across 270 acres along the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes. The Champion, Challenger and Charger links feature 27 holes of tour championship golf, a challenging though fair test for both professionals and amateurs alike.
Dubsdread Golf Club
Located just minutes from Downtown Orlando, Dubsdread Golf Course features the oldest course in the area. Originally designed by Tom Bendelow in 1923 and recently renovated and redesigned by Mike Dasher in 2008, this classic course has plenty of history attached to it. As the former site of the Orlando Open, Dubsdread hosted such golf legends as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Claude Harmon. Today, golfers are treated to the same 1920’s style golf course, beautiful scenery and challenges of the original course, including narrow fairways and heavily bunkered “postage stamp” style greens. The Tap Room Restaurant at Dubsdread offers a full service restaurant and bar, a locals’ favorite. Dubsdread offers a twist of the classic 1920’s style golf with a twist of the 21st Century.
Eagle Creek Golf Club
Eagle Creek continues to build momentum nationally, having recently been named to the Top 10 New Courses by Travel & Leisure Magazine and in its selection as the site of the prestigious Buick Scramble National Finals. This challenging, impeccably-maintained 7,200-yard championship course is the only par 73 in Central Florida and the state’s first to sport Mini-Verde greens for fast, smooth putting surfaces, along with more than 90 white sand, Scottish-style bunkers. The vintage New England Manor clubhouse offers a spectacular panoramic view of their signature 18th hole. The final touch ~ luxury locker rooms with private showers to polish off that memorable, last-day round. This Audubon International Silver Sanctuary beauty is located 10 short minutes from the airport, absolutely perfect for those who want to Save the Best Round for Last!
Grand Cypress Golf Club
This beautifully designed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was inspired by his great performances through the years at St. Andrews Old Course, Jack pays homage here to the birthplace of golf. A “links-style” design to its greatest degree, reminders of St. Andrews appear throughout the course with 150-plus bunkers, elevated tees and greens, stone walls, a winding burn (including a stone bridge crossing), and seven huge, double greens. Plus, replicas of the world-famous first and 18th holes at St. Andrews Old Course and Nicklaus’ version of the Road Hole. All in all, it’s quite a tribute to the Old Course. Impeccable playing conditions year-round for every caliber of golfer. And do yourself a favor – after golf, the brand new Nine18 Restaurant is the perfect way to end your perfect day at Grand Cypress!
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Lake Nona Golf Club
Lake Nona Golf Club Many professional golfers and world-class athletes call this renowned retreat home. From the secluded wooded canopy of the first none holes to the breathtaking lake vistas along the back nine, here the purity of the greatest game meets the personal vision of the world’s premier golf architect, Tom Fazio.
North Shore Golf Club
18 holes – two fantastic styles. The “Modern” front nine is reminiscent of links-style golf and winds through native wetlands, marsh preserves and natural vegetation. The “Classic” back nine carves through a century-old oak grove creating a real Carolinas aura. Both nines feature ample amounts of water, undulating fairways, multi-level tees and a variety of super smooth TifEagle greens which are considered to be some of the best in the area, complementing what is already an outstanding and challenging golf experience.
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Stoneybrook is an exceptional showcase of undulating greens and naturally tree-lined, rolling fairways where golfers are required to play strategic carries over preserved wetlands and waterways. This challenging and unique course is designed by Ezell & Clifton where each hole will play out a strategy of its own. You’ll definitely need all of your clubs! A well-equipped sports bar and grille complete this great facility.
Windermere Country Club
This private country club is located in the prestigious community of Windermere, Florida. This heavily bunkered layout is perfectly maintained and bordered by natural wetland areas and ponds, featuring gently rolling fairways and water that borders on 13 holes. The majestic Butler Chain of Lakes serves as a memorable backdrop. Complementing the course is a beautiful clubhouse with a sports bar and grille.
Isleworth Golf & Country Club
The Isleworth Golf Course is an exclusive 18 hole course designed by Ed Seay. This community has established itself as one of the most perstigous luxury golf communities in the world. Membership to this exclusive club is by invitation only and it certainly has its privileges. The magnificent 89,000 square foot clubhouse offers it all from the recently added Champions Grill to the spa services to the elegant dining events. Isleworth provides an unparalleled country club experience.
Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe
This Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed course has quickly proven that it belongs in the prestigious golfing community of Windermere, Florida. This phenomenal “private” country club is located within the beautiful Keene’s Pointe development and is bordered by the Butler Chain of Lakes, featuring majestic oaks, towering cypress trees and all types of lush landscape. This gorgeous course is always in impeccable playing condition, will test your mettle, challenge your skills, and reward your prowess. The club also features a massive, luxurious clubhouse facility offering panoramic views of both 9 and 18 finishing holes. An impressive way to experience a memorable round as a ‘member for the day!’