I also go in Orlando next June and I was looking for 1 or 2 golf courses. It's crazy the number of courses http://bit.ly/ZThBcf
Winter Pines Golf Course seems to be a good course.
I spend about 8 weeks a year in Orlando, and call HIghland Reserve my "home" course while im there. There are some people who are not a fan of it, but it suits my preferred overall vibe. Not too expensive, set in a quiet neighborhood, and not too upscale feeling.
Last week I did play the Magnolia at Disney and have to say that the whole operation there is top notch (would you expect anything less from Disney?) Beautiful, perfectly maintained course/facility....wide open fairways which at first got me really excited.....til i realized how many bunkers are on that course! LOL I spent all day at the beach!! :-) Lots of wildlife around the course, i was suprised at the gators in the ponds with no fence or anything. But i guess thats normal for FL
I have annual disney passes which include unlimited free golf on the Disney Oak Trail...which is a 9 holer......but the staff at the clubhouse was telling me that if you are even remotely serious about your golf game, you do not want to play that course. So many families, extreme beginners etc and slows pace WAY WAY down....they were saying that they have straight up since fights on the course between families playing slow and really bad vs. low handicappers hoping to blow through 9 in an hour. haha
Yeah, RSC has really advertised a lot locally. Fun layout, Scottish-style. And being in St. Cloud, it's off the beaten path.
It seems Orlando courses generally fall into one of two categories -
- The 'high-end' resort-style courses. Places like Reunion, Championsgate, Disney, Grand Cypress. All good tracks, all in nice shape. But you'll pay for it.
- The local tracks, some of which are good: Dubsdread, Royal St. Cloud, Winter Pines, Orange County National, Rolling Hills. You gotta look (and possibly drive) a little to find them, but they're good too, and a lot cheaper (like the poster above noted - $34 for 18 & a cart). And RSC also has a nice restaurant/bar.
Final note: Avoid Casselberry GC - horrible condition.
Here are few i played this year, there about 15-20 minutes south of Orlando International Airport
Shingle Creek, right near Disney. A bit pricey, but a great golf course
Southern Dunes, its just a dang tough golf course. A ton of bunkers, believe me i've been a few of them. There's not give on the course, but its actually really fun to play.
Champions Gate International, links style course. Just an awesome course. Really much better than the National.
You can play OCN for around $50 (not in season of course). Thus the inclusion.
Somehow I thought you were gonna comment on Rolling Hills. Yeah, its condition leaves much to be desired, but at times the greens aren't bad, and starting with the 2nd shot on #7, the dogleg right par 4, it gets interesting with the elevation changes. #8's a good downhill, 200y par 3, 9's an uphill then downhill little par 4, 10's a reachable par 5 but you gotta take on the water, 11 a good par 3 over the pond...and so on. Plus the 18th is one of the toughest finishing holes in Orlando - 450y par 4 with water short left of the green. It's a serviceable muni.
But you'll also note I said "some" of them are good.
I was referring mainly to the layout, not the condition. Thus the term serviceable, which it is. That's hardly endorsing it.
I'll be going to Orlando next week, staying at Reunion and will be playing all of the courses there.
Has anyone used EZLinks tee time service instead of Golfnow? They are showing a price for The Legends at Orange Lakes Resort for $28/person at 1 pm (74% discount)? Seems like an awful good deal.
I like the course and staff at Royal St. Cloud and was thinking of playing there, but the cheap price for the Legends seems like it might be worth it to play?
Don't forget the great mini golf courses as well.
36 holes at Blizzard Beach and Universal Studios
Dolphin and Swan Hotel has a great course based on Fantasia as well as a par 72 course on real grass (lowest score is a 66 by a PGA tour pro).
Saw a pirates Cove tucked away by a B Dubs as well.
I have stayed in Orlando from 10 - 22 oktober and played a lot of great courses. My top courses were Bella Collina, Orange County National (both courses) and Mission Inn "El Campeon". I''ve all played them with amazing deals mostly through Golfnow.
Bella Collina $50
Orange County both courses with lunch $49 (not golfnow)
Mission INN both courses $50
Should have posted in here: http://thesandtrap.com/t/64966/where-to-play-in-orlando/18
Feel free to move it.