Tee up on some of Orlando’s most popular golf courses, including Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando (pictured).
With approximately 150 to choose from, golf courses far outnumber theme parks in the Orlando area … and thanks to stunningly gorgeous greens designed by professional players and acclaimed architects, they’re just as legendary as our main claim to fame. Whether you or your traveling companions are pros in the making or just casual golfers who hit the links every now and again, you won’t want to miss your chance to play some of Orlando’s best golf courses — including these standouts!
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Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Designed by its namesake legend and home to the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge offers 27 holes of championship golf paired with exceptional service in a private club setting. The links are open exclusively to club members and lodge guests, but fortunately, lodge accommodations are available to non-members and members alike.
Grande Vista Golf Club
Part of Marriott’s Grande Vista, Grande Vista Golf Club sits on the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, surrounded by magnificent oaks and beautiful cypress trees. In addition to a nine-hole, par-32 course designed by Ron Garl, it features 35 acres of dedicated practice areas, a full slate of instructional opportunities and even custom club-fitting programs from the onsite Marriott Golf Academy.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes offers 18 holes of Greg Norman Signature golf that’s enjoyable for duffers of every skill level — not to mention nature-lovers, given the course’s status as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Part of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the championship-level course is complemented by a clubhouse and instructional opportunities. Visiting with kids? Guests up to age 17 can play at no charge with a paid adult round of golf.
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Shingle Creek Golf Club
A par-72, 18-hole championship course that was reinvented by Arnold Palmer Design Company, Shingle Creek Golf Club is part of Rosen Shingle Creek near International Drive. Situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, it features 7,213 yards of undulating fairways and interconnecting waterways against a backdrop of dense oaks and pines. It’s also home to the Brad Brewer Golf Academy, where players of all ages can take advantage of private and group lessons.
Golf Courses Close to Walt Disney World® Resort
If you’re staying on Walt Disney World® Resort property or in the Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee areas, these courses will be the shortest drive from your accommodations.
Celebration Golf Club
Interested in playing a course co-designed by Robert Trent Jones — “The Father of American Golf Architecture” — and his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr.? Only three exist in the world, and you’ll find one at Celebration Golf Club! Providing an unparalleled Florida golf experience, this 7,028-yard, 18-hole course is built on scenic wetlands in the master-planned community of Celebration.
ChampionsGate Golf Club
ChampionsGate Golf Club is a star attraction at the AAA Four Diamond-rated Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, and for good reason. Both of its 18-hole courses — including the links-style International and parkland-style National — were designed by championship golfer and noted architect Greg Norman, who used a blend of traditional and modern elements to create a truly memorable experience. Amenities include complimentary valet, GPS-equipped carts and the world headquarters of David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
Falcon’s Fire Golf Club
Boasting an 18-hole championship golf course designed by acclaimed course architect Rees Jones, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is a nationally recognized public club in Kissimmee. The immaculate course’s players benefit from the latest technology and equipment, as well as a spacious clubhouse with an onsite restaurant, golf shop and more.
Grand Cypress Golf Club
Part of Villas of Grand Cypress, Grand Cypress Golf Club has The New Course: a Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed, Scottish links course that serves as Nicklaus’ homage to the famous Old Course at St. Andrews. In the spirit of its predecessor, The New Course features double greens, stone bridges, gorse mounds and more, while steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes add a heightened dimension of play.
Hawk’s Landing Golf Club
With a scenic blend of native Florida wildlife and tropical vegetation spread out over 220 acres of lush nature, Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Orlando World Center Marriott is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. More importantly to golfers, it offers a 6,600-yard, par-72, 18-hole course that delivers a fun and challenging experience for duffers of all ages and abilities.
Orange Lake Resort
Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Legends is one of Orlando’s best-kept golf secrets — and you can only play it at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee. In addition to The Legends, which evokes Scottish-style golf on the front nine and the Carolinas on the back, this resort also offers 18 holes at The Reserve, specifically designed to be in harmony with local nature, and the nine-hole Cranes Bend. Want to stay where you play? Book accommodations at Holiday Inn Club Vacations® at Orange Lake Resort.
Reunion Resort Golf Courses
Many golf clubs are lucky to have a single course created by a professional golfer — but Reunion Resort Golf Courses at Reunion Resort & Golf Club has three. Specifically, it’s the only location in the world where you can play designs by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson! The Watson Course was the first in Florida to be designed by the former PGA Tour champion, providing beauty and challenge in equal measure. Not to be outdone, the parkland-style Nicklaus Course boasts long horizon lines and elevated tee boxes and greens, while the Palmer Signature Course creates a unique variety of risk/reward shots. Play all three for the ultimate golf challenge!
Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
If you want to play the 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, you’ll have to be a member of the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club or a guest of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort — but given that you’ll be staying at Central Florida’s only AAA Five Diamond-rated accommodation, we think the tradeoff is well worth it! You’ll also get access to a 16.5-acre practice facility, an 18-hole putting course and other amenities before and after you tackle Fazio’s picturesque, secluded course, which doubles as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club
Created by Rees Jones, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club at Waldorf Astoria Orlando was the first golf course for the Waldorf Astoria brand, and that stately positioning shines through in every aspect of the experience. Covering 7,108 yards, the par-72, 18-hole course is visually stunning and immensely playable, winding through a large wetland preserve with long stretches of shimmering lakes. Plus, Jones’ layout gives you the experience of being alone with nature — no matter how many others are playing that day.
Walt Disney World® Golf
Operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, Walt Disney World Golf at Walt Disney World Resort has three 18-hole championship options, including Disney’s Palm, Disney’s Magnolia and Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Courses, as well as the family-friendly, nine-hole Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. What’s more, guests of Disney’s official hotels can enjoy discounted equipment rental at the championship courses.
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Golf Courses Close to Downtown Orlando
Check out these local favorites if you’re staying in the downtown Orlando area or charming Winter Park.
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Dubsdread Golf Course
Originally designed in 1924 and renovated in 2008, this 18-hole public course was one of Orlando’s first and is still going strong. The winner of several “No. 1 golf course in Central Florida” honors, Dubsdread Golf Course also features a practice facility and one of the area’s best restaurants: The Tap Room at Dubsdread. Dubsdread Golf Course is in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood, about 10 minutes north of downtown.
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Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
Minutes from Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona has emerged as one of the country’s top golfing communities — and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has much to do with it. Designed by Tom Fazio to embody the purity of the game, the 18-hole championship course has been ranked as one of the best by Golfweek. Although this course is normally only open to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club members, the facilities are made available to select charities and organizations seeking to create golf-focused outings.
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Winter Park Golf Course
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating back to 1900, this public course is one of the oldest in Florida. It offers nine holes of gorgeous, affordable golfing in the heart of its namesake city, with narrow, tree-lined fairways and gorgeous greens fortified by bunkers. Once you’ve finished your game, make time to explore Winter Park’s acclaimed dining and shopping, all just 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.
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Prefer mini-golf to the real thing? Orlando can help you score there, too, and you’ll find plenty of other opportunities to play and watch sports during your visit. Don’t forget about unique golf attractions like Topgolf and Drive Shack, either. It just goes to show that there’s no way to lose when you come to Orlando!
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