Orlando Golf – Golf Courses in Florida

As well as the obvious draw of Disney World and the other parks and attractions, many visitors are drawn to the Orlando region of Florida for the opportunity to play at some of the best golf courses in Florida. Whether purely visiting the area to play golf in the Florida sunshine or hoping to take in a couple of golf courses between visits to Disney or lying by the pool, our villa is ideally situated with dozens of fantastic golf courses within easy driving distance.
 
As well as apparently being home to more professional golfers than any other city in the world (who worked that out!) the Orlando golf scene boasts numerous top quality courses, designed by some of the most famous names in the sport.
 
The following are just a small selection of the near 200 golf courses in the area and are in no particular order ;

Villas of Grand Cypress

Location – Lake Buena Vista Area
Distance from Disney World – 6 miles
 
Overview –  45 holes of golf, play on the Jack Nicklaus designed tribute to the original home of golf,  the Old Course at St Andrews
 
Website -  Villas of Grand Cypress
 

Hawks Landing 

Location – Lake Buena Vista Area
Distance from Disney World – 9 miles
 
Overview –  Based in central Florida, this course claims to be the top golfing venue in the region, even laying on Valet parking, free of charge, for golfing visitors
 
Website -  Hawks Landing
 

Mystic Dunes Golf Club 

Location – Kissimme area
Distance from Disney World – 10 miles
 
Overview –  Designed by professional Gary Koch, the course is famous for offering a distinct difference between the front and back nines, with the latter featuring many of the characteristics of a classic British links course
 
Website -  Mystic Dunes

Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill  

Location – Sand Lake Road
Distance from Disney World – 14 miles
 
Overview –  Claims to offer a world-class golfing experience, drawing on the name of its famous designer, but the course is only open to those who stay in one of their 70 odd lodges.
 
Website -  Bay Hill Club

 
 

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Selected Golf Articles

Orlando Golf - Cultural Pursuits

Unless you travel to Florida with a group of friends solely interested in making the most of the fantastic variety of golf on offer, you are likely to have members of your party who either don’t like golf at all or would like to combine a round or two with some alternative activities, possibly cultural in nature. In these circumstances, the ideal location to set up base is the Sarasota area, where you can find excellent golf alongside some of the best cultural highlights that Florida has to offer.

Culture in Sarasota 

Sarasota offers a full range of cultural delights, including a symphony, opera, ballet, a number of museums and in excess of thirty art galleries. The starting point for all this culture must surely be The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, beautifully situated overlooking Sarasota Bay, which houses a world class collection of Rubens as well as many other significant works of art. Another must is the astonishing Asolo Theater, originally built in Italy during the nineteenth century before being dismantled and rebuilt on the Ringling estate just before the second world war.

Sarasota also plays host to a number festivals and tying in your trip to take in one or more of these is a good way of enhancing your stay. The Sarasota Film Festival in early spring and the Sarasota Film festival in early winter provide all that a film buff could desire. The Sarasota Music Festival takes place in early summer and aims to showcase young musical talent, while the Ringling International Arts Festival, usually taking place in October covers a wide variety of music, dance, film and theater.

Well that’s the culture taken care of, what about the golf? Don’t worry there is no shortage of golf courses in the area and the following are just a few;

Tatum Ridge Golf links is a fantastic links style course, supporting abundant wildlife, as does the University Park Country Club. For a more challenging experience try the Bobcat Trail Golf Club, particularly the par-4 ninth hole with its difficult approach and unforgiving green. If you are an Arnold Palmer fan don’t miss the legacy golf club, with every hole appearing to be protected by water.

Orlando Golf - Following the Nature Trail

Every year a multitude of visitors arrive in Florida looking for the Disney experience but while here a significant number want to take part in the Florida golfing scene. This is the second in a series of articles looking at various aspects of the Florida golfing scene, with this feature looking at what is on offer on Florida’s Nature Coast.

The Nature Coast can be found at the upper western coast of the state and boasts an abundance of wildlife and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Florida has one of the largest concentrations of freshwater springs in the world, with over 350, and nearly 200 of these can be found in this region. If you are looking to enjoy your golfing alongside other outdoor pursuits including fishing, walking or boating, the nature Coast offers it all. The Nature Coast is only an hour and a half north of Tampa and there are numerous attractions besides golf including a must-see in the manatee population of Crystal River (the largest in Florida) and the option of a visit to Cedar Key, an historic fishing village nestling on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Nature Coast Golf

As well as the attractions of mother nature, there is a thriving golf scene to be enjoyed. A varied diet of different course types are on offer designed by top architects including Tom Fazio and John Sanford. The following are just a selection of golf courses on offer;

Brooksville – home to World Woods Golf Course (in most people’s Florida Top 10), which contains two Tom Fazio designed courses, Pine Barrens carved through a pine forest, and Rolling Oaks which is notable for its giant oak trees.

Crystal River – where you can find the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort, a well established institution oozing southern charm and hospitality. Plantation Inn is a PGA standard course and there is Lagoons nine-hole course for those with less experience.

Dunnellon – lying a few miles northeast of Crystal River can be found Juliette Falls, designed by John Sanford a stunning venue with rolling parkland and a number of waterfalls.

All in all, the Nature Coast is a fantastic destination for those who like their golf, mixed in with an encounter with nature.

Orlando Golf - Golf on the Space Coast

Although millions of visitors come to Florida for the Disney experience there are plenty of other attractions and activities which draw in the crowds, chief among them are the fantastic golfing opportunities spread throughout the state. This is the first in a series of articles looking at various aspects of the Florida golfing scene, with this feature concentrating on golf and other attractions that make the Space Coast an ideal venue for a golfing vacation.

The Space Coast runs over seventy miles along Florida’s Atlantic shoreline incorporating Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center as well as a plethora of beach focused towns including Cocoa beach and Palm Bay. As well as the world famous space attractions  there are well over 20 golf courses with a huge range of types of course and related facilities. The area is only just over an hour from Orlando so ideally placed if the primary aim of your Florida trip is Walt Disney World, but you find yourself with enough spare time to fit in a round of golf or two.

Great Golf

There is a great range of different types of golf course running from immaculate resort based courses through well managed municipal courses, the latter of particular appeal to anyone on a budget. The course designers have made full use of the area’s natural features including wetlands, pine forests and the ubiquitous lakes. Those designers include Gary Player (Baytree National, which is the pick of the bunch), as well as Arnold Palmer (The Majors Golf Club). For those on a restricted budget, consider Cocoa Beach Country Club or The Habitat Golf Club.

Go on a Cruise

When you have finished playing golf one option is to go on a cruise. Port Canaveral is the starting point for cruises ranging from multiple day outings destined for exotic locations to five-hour long cruises which operate twice daily.

Lie on a Beach

There are a large number of beaches running along the Space Coast, ranging from the hectic Cocoa Beach to the largely undisturbed and under-developed stretch of beaches which make up the Canaveral National Seashore. Cocoa beach is a particular favourite spot for surf enthusiasts.

Go Fishing

Again there is a lot of variety to suit all fishing tastes, ranging from the spectacular deep-sea fishing which can be enjoyed off the Atlantic Coast to the renowned Mosquito Lagoon, which consists of 20 miles of flats running from New Smyrna Beach to Merritt Island.

Space Walk..

..and finally you would be mad to go to the Space Coast without actually experiencing the thrill and excitement of visiting the space region itself, a place that is synonymous with mankinds early exploration of space. The Kennedy Space Center is a must!