Featured Orlando Area Golf Courses
Designed by Mike Dasher, Providence Golf Club in Davenport has been winning rave reviews since it opened in 2008. That year, Golf Week included Providence in its list of the top 50 new golf courses in America. "The variety of style and tree canopy throughout the course creates an ever-changing pallet that will provide for memorable holes as well as strategic golf," Dasher wrote.
Jack Nicklaus designed the four 18-hole courses at Grand Cypress Resort. Three different nines are combined to create three of the courses. Low-handicappers will enjoy the South/East course for its unique challenges but its player-friendly qualities make it appealing to beginners as well.
Stoneybrook West Golf Course is unique in that its terrain is entirely flat, which is not a rare occurrence in Florida, but the golf course seems to have a strangely linear quality. The course's designer, Arthur Hills, utilized the flatness of the terrain to create a desert-style golf course that is reminiscent of those found in the Midwest.
Timacuan Golf Club offers a unique layout that is consistently ranked as one of the best in Florida. The front nine holes are situated on a rolling landscape, which is rare among golf courses in Florida. The back nine, though equally challenging, is completely different from the former half.
Eagle Dunes Golf Club boasts a reputation among locals for having the best greens in central Florida. They provide some of the area's truest putting surfaces and have played a major role in the course's growing popularity since first opening in 2003.
Grand Cypress Resort features an 18-hole links course and three challenging nines that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. The East/North course is a test of accuracy rather than strength or distance with platform greens surrounded by generous bunkering and mounding.
Royal St. Cloud Golf Links is home to three unique nines, all of which replicate the feel of a classic links course much like the world-famous Old Course at St. Andrews. The Blue/Red golf course features sod bunkers and wood-faced bunkers stacked in true Scottish tradition.
The National Course at ChampionsGate is one of two courses at the facility, the other being the International Course. ChampionsGate is conveniently located only 10 minutes from the Disney World Resorts and 15 from the Universal Hotel Resorts.
The natural beauty of the Florida woodlands makes Disney's Palm Golf Course one of America's premier resort destinations. One of Disney's toughest golf courses, the Joe Lee design features sparkling lakes and tropical sand in a scenic golf landscape populated with strategically placed palms.
Eagle Creek Golf Club has elements that are reminiscent of Scottish and English golf courses such as the dramatic bulkheads. The course is a member of the Audubon International Silver Signature Program. The championship course is wide open with a linksland design.
The Deltona Club has a convenient location right off of Interstate 4. It's one of Florida's top 20 most popular public golf courses but it doesn't look like your typical Florida course thanks to an abundance of elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic.
The course at Highlands Reserve Golf Club is perched atop one of the highest points in Florida. The layout features open, spacious fairways that are similar to those of classic Scottish courses and fast greens that are large and undulating.
The course at the Celebration Golf Club is the last golf course Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son designed together. It is a challenging course that combines some of the best elements of the designers' most notable courses.
The Crooked Cat Course is one of two 18-hole regulation courses at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge. The facility is also home to a nine-hole executive course. The Crooked Cat Course is a challenge with dramatic elevation changes and rolling fairways that are framed with mounding.
Remington Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course in Kissimmee, is a prime example of the artistry of course designers Clifton, Ezell & Clifton Golf Design Group. The golf course was nominated as Best New Course by Golf Digest magazine in 1996.
The ancient creek that the course at Shingle Creek Golf Club takes its name from is part of the natural headwaters of the Florida Everglades. The creek winds through the golf course, adding beauty and an interesting element of challenge.
Deer Island Country Club (formerly known as International Golf Club) is unique in that it is a 400-acre course with a lake surrounding it from all sides. The unique island location of the golf course winds through environmentally protected Florida wetlands, providing beautiful scenery as well as abundant wildlife. Deer Island Country Club layout features strategically placed sand bunkers that surround the undulating greens and wide fairways.
The golf course at the Hawk's Landing Golf Club is spread out over 220 acres at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, which is a mere two miles from Disney World. The flat terrain of the course has plenty of natural wildlife and tropical vegetation that is native to Florida, including sand pines, queen palms, and fragrant jasmine.
There are three unique nine-hole courses at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. The White/Blue layout is spread across a rolling terrain with true links-style fairways and bunkers.
The Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge boasts two regulation length 18-hole golf courses as well as a 9-hole executive length course. The Panther Lake Course, the original course at Orange County National, is one of the regulation length courses.
The North/South course is the original layout of Grand Cypress Resort's four Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses. Built in 1984, the North and South nines were completely renovated in 2008, adding new challenges including terraced fairways and yawning bunkers that surround platform greens.
Built in 1917, El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort & Club stands as one of the South’s oldest courses. The sloping hills of the central highlands provide golf the course with more than 85 feet in elevation changes, which were deftly utilized in the rolling fairways and undulating greens.
The golf course at the Ventura Country Club, situated east of Orlando near many major highways and the airport, is semi-private but the facility welcomes outside play. It is a short course that features undulating greens with sudden breaks.
The Legends is one of four golf courses at Orange Lake Resort. The golf course has a layout that is similar to traditional Scottish courses. This wide open golf course features several challenges that require a well-equipped bag of clubs.
Orange Lake Resort offers four golf courses, including the 18-hole Reserve Course. The Reserve Course winds through a diverse landscape of water, sands, and rolling hills. The golf course is surrounded by preserved wetlands, offering golfers scenic views of native plants and wildlife.
Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando (formerly known as Disney Osprey Ridge Golf Course) designed by Tom Fazio, has been recognized as one of the top courses in Florida by Golf Digest, receiving 4½ stars out of 5.
Royal St. Cloud Golf Links is well known for being some of the best links-style golf in Orlando. It is home to three unique nines that all closely follow the traditions of classic Scottish links golf. The Red/White golf course has been improved to make it more player-friendly overall, but the classic links challenges are still there.
The 18 hole Rees Jones and Steve Weisser-designed championship golf course follows the terrain's existing contours and blends respectfully with nature offering a challenging yet tranquil game.
Arnold Palmer, the legendary golfer and course designer, is closely connected to the Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Palmer first played the golf course in 1965 and then bought the facility in 1976.
Orlando's ChampionsGate golf facility possesses two regulation 18-hole courses, the National Course and the International Course. The golf courses share very few similarities regarding the layout but they both offer a challenging game.
Mystic Dunes Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course just two miles south of Walt Disney World, was designed by Champions Tour professional and golf analyst Gary Koch. The golf course, which opened in 2001, consists of two distinctly different layouts that take advantage of the unique topography.
Located in Central Florida, the golf course at the Rio Pinar Country Club has a classic design that is suitable for all abilities and skill levels. The traditional style layout has medium-sized greens and narrow fairways.
Kissimmee Bay Country Club is a semi-private 18-hole golf course located in Kissimmee. The golf course, designed by Lloyd Clifton, opened in 1990.
Twin Rivers Golf Club in Oviedo is as scenic as it is challenging with a location between the Big and Little Ekon Rivers. Numerous bunkers are strategically placed throughout water hazards come into play on a few holes.
The Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort golf course, built in 1983, is a semi-private golf course featuring rolling fairways and undulating greens set among nature preserves and lakes. There are water hazards on 17 of the 18 holes.
One of the Orlando-area's newest golf clubs, Bella Collina is a private course that offers very limited public play, opened in 2008. The course is located west of the city near Lake Apopka and was designed by PGA Tour great Nick Faldo.
Las Colinas, which translates as "The Hills," is the newer of two 18-hole championship courses at Mission Inn Resort & Club. It offers a different challenge than the resort's original layout, El Campeon. Las Colinas has a unique inland links design with wide-open fairways and a gently rolling landscape.
Disney's Magnolia Course is the longest of all the Disney golf courses. Lower-handicap golfers commonly favor it over the three other 18-hole courses at Disney for its championship pedigree. It's been a mainstay on the PGA Tour since it opened.
Carved into rolling hills just five miles northwest of Apopka, Zellwood Station & Country Club offers a rolling terrain that is not typically found on most golf courses in Florida. The course is known for its large, well-maintained greens that putt fast and true. Water hazards come into play on five holes and there is strategic bunkering throughout to provide some challenges.
Located in Central Florida, the EastWood Golf Course spreads across 190 acres, stretching more than 7,000 yards from the back tees. Although it is long, there are fours sets of tees to accommodate all levels and abilities.
The Legends Walk Course at Orange Lake Resort is a challenging nine-hole golf course that is far from an ordinary pitch and putt. Notable for its pristine teeboxes and greens, the golf course features rustic water features and a beautifully landscaped, rolling terrain to add to its beauty.
Dating back to 1900, Winter Park Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses in Florida. The course and clubhouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite being a nine-hole golf course, Winter Park Golf Course is not an ordinary pitch and putt.
Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club in Clermont is a mountain golf course, a rarity in Florida. Its topography naturally features dramatic elevation changes that are incorporated into the challenging layout. Abundant fairway and greenside bunkering, water hazards, and mounding guarantee an interesting round.
Atypical of many Florida golf courses, RedTail Golf Club is a links-style layout dotted with 100-year-old oak trees and azaleas among its rolling green fairways. Designed by Dave Harman, who also did Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, the course features four lakes with water coming into play on the last five holes.
Designed by famed architect Joe Lee, Tuscawilla Country Club is laid out over gently rolling terrain through a backdrop of old trees draped with Spanish moss. Featuring four sets of tees, this traditional Florida layout, which opened in 1972, is deceptively difficult from the back tees.
King Course at Kings Ridge Golf Club is the original 18-hole golf course on the property in Clermont. The golf course was designed by Lloyd Clifton and opened in 1996.
The golf course at Fairways Country Club is a short course but it is quite unforgiving. Water hazards come into play on fifteen of the eighteen holes of the course. The greens are small and tight and they are in excellent condition. There are also strategically placed bunkers situated throughout as well for extra challenge.
Oaks National Golf Club (previously known as Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club) has a natural landscape that is ideal for a scenic and challenging round of golf. The golf course carefully winds through protected wetlands and nature preserves. There are also several natural lakes scattered throughout that come into play on ten holes.
Conveniently located less than 20 minutes from Walt Disney World, Kissimmee Golf Club provides a pleasant escape for tourists looking for an affordable round of golf. Although it is situated near several tourist attractions, the golf course is also a favorite among local golfers.
Conveniently located just minutes away from the Universal Orlando Resort, the golf course at the Metrowest Golf Club is situated on a lush terrain of spring-fed lakes and native trees.
The Ridge Course at Kings Ridge Golf Club is an 18-hole executive course in Clermont. The golf course was designed by Ron Garl and opened in 2002.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Magnolia Plantation Golf Club provides a slightly secluded location that is still close to popular attractions. The golf course borders the Wekiva River wilderness area, providing a beautiful natural landscape and scenic views.
Stonegate Golf Club at Solovita offers two 18-hole, championship golf courses. The Oaks Course is the club's original course. Gently rolling fairways are bordered by dense vegetation, requiring precision and skilled iron play.
Deer Creek RV Golf & Country Club has a convenient location at the intersection of I-4 and US Hwy 27, just 20 minutes from the Disney theme parks. The course has a player-friendly layout with short distances to the green, making it a good course for walkers and beginners.
The golf course at Deer Run Country Club, which was redesigned by Ron Garl in 2003, utilizes its natural terrain of sparkling lakes and towering trees to create a picturesque and challenging layout.
Disney's Oak Trail Golf Courset is a nine-hole walking course, providing beginners and families with children a smaller venue. It is also a nice practice tune-up for the more advanced player or the busy traveler who has time for just nine holes.
Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club offers plenty of interesting challenges but it is still player-friendly enough to accommodate all skill levels with its four sets of teeboxes. The golf course is fairly open with water coming into play on every hole.
The Plantation at Leesburg offers two championship courses, the Cranes Roost Course and the Otter Creek Course. The Otter Creek Course features an interesting layout that is wide open on the front nine, while the back nine is rife with towering trees.
Dubsdread Golf Course is a popular choice for beginning and intermediate golfers. Designed in 1923, it is the oldest public course in the Orlando area. The course is tight with a short, traditional layout that features "postage stamp" style greens that are heavily bunkered.
The Cypress Course is one of two 18-hole, championship courses at Stonegate Golf Club at Solovita. The course has a player-friendly layout with ample fairways and bunkers that are large but generally low lipped.
The Tooth Course is a popular nine-hole executive course at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge. The facility also features two 18-hole regulation courses. The Tooth Course mimics the shape and challenges of its sister courses but on a smaller scale, making it an ideal place for golfers to sharpen their game.
1500 Masters Blvd, ChampionsGate,
Orlando, Florida 33896
Opened in 1947, the course at Casselberry Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in Florida. Since opening, the course has garnered a favorable reputation among locals and visitors alike. Casselberry Golf Club's fairways are lined with trees and water comes into play on twelve holes.
Monarch Golf Club at Royal Highlands is carved from gently rolling hills located just outside of Orlando in the city of Leesburg. Although the wide fairways are relatively flat, the golf course's terrain provides the greens with gentle undulation.
The Country Club of Mount Dora is a semi-private club located 35 miles northwest of downtown Orlando in the hills of Lake County. The course was built by Clifton, Ezell & Clifton design and opened in 1991 and features water on 16 of 18 holes, as well as raised greens and bunkers.
Located just west of downtown Orlando in Clermont, Swiss Fairways Golf Course utilizes the wide open and hilly terrain that is typical for that area, but uncommon throughout the rest of the state. Large greens welcome low handicappers while strategic bunkering is incorporated into the layout to add some challenge.
The Sanctuary is one of three nines at Pennbrooke Fairways in Leesburg, which is located less than an hour from Orlando. It's a regulation golf course while the other nines, the Meadows and the Oaks, are both executive courses. The Sanctuary's signature feature is the 500-foot bridge that spans a protected wildlife area and swamp, which also means it doesn't have the same walkability that the other courses do. The golf course itself offers a rigorous test of your distance, accuracy, and putting skills.
Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course at Walt Disney World® Resort is a classic country club course with a distinctive atmosphere. In the words of architect Joe Lee, it is "exciting, challenging, yet fun to play."
Green Valley Country Club, nestled into the hills two miles west of Clermont, is a secluded golf course that provides stunning views. The golf course is known for its naturally hilly terrain, providing undulating fairways and greens that make it nearly impossible to get a flat lie.
1355 Errol Pkwy
Apopka, Florida 32712
Located between the major attractions of Orlando and the beaches of Melbourne, Harmony Golf Preserve is unique. Not only is it Central Florida's only Johnny Miller signature course, it's also designated as a "preserve", incorporating existing wetlands and wildlife.
Mount Dora Golf Club is a historic, member-owned golf club open to the public, located about 35 miles northwest of downtown Orlando. The course began to form in 1945, shortly after World War II when returning G.I.'s petitioned the city for land to build a golf course.
Located minutes away from Orlando's airport, the North Shore Golf Course offers a Carolina-style championship course that employs two different layout styles to create a unique and challenging course.
With its convenient location near the Walt Disney World Resort, International Airport, and the Orlando Convention Center, Falcon's Fire Golf Club is one Florida's most popular golf destinations. Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead designed this golf course, which stretches across 7,000 yards from the back tees.
Mayfair Country Club is famous for hosting the PGA tournament that started Arnold Palmer's career. Besides being home to Palmer's first PGA victory, Mayfair Country Club is historic for being one of the first golf courses in Florida.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes was designed by Greg Norman. The championship course employs features that are not typical of other Orlando golf courses. There are remarkably fast greens as well as water hazards and more than one hundred strategically placed bunkers.
Wekiva Golf Club in Longwood offers a scenic golf course that is named after the nearby Wekiva River. The layout is successful in utilizing the lush, rolling landscape to create a beautiful and challenging course. The course features fairways lined with towering trees and a gently undulating terrain.
The golf course at the Grande Vista Golf Club is an executive track with some interesting challenges. Golfers of all skill levels have the opportunity to practice everything, from their long game to short game and also chipping and putting.
With the addition of the New Course, Grand Cypress Resort offers a total of 45 championship holes designed by Jack Nicklaus. The New Course, an impressive homage to the famous St. Andrews course,features a challenging links design with more than 150 bunkers.
Winter Pines Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course tucked away in a quaint Winter Park neighborhood. The golf course was designed by Lloyd Clifton and opened in 1968.
Baytree Golf Course, which opened in 1990, features eight par 4s and 10 par 3s. Wrapped around an adult residential community, the semi-private golf course caters to both senior walkers and riders.
Using the beautiful elevation changes and contours of the natural landscape, George Clifton has created Central Florida's newest golf gem. The 18-hole masterpiece is a combination of beauty and playability. With expansive white sand bunkers and mature true greens, the golfing experience is truly one of a kind.
Crane's Bend is one of four courses offered at the Orange Lake Resort. It is the newest of the courses. This nine-hole golf course winds around a picturesque fountain lake, featuring views of native wildlife and plants along the way.
One of the most prominent features of the course at Arlington Ridge Golf Club are the towering oak trees that are scattered throughout, providing both shade from the sun and also challenging obstacles. The trees line the wide fairways, encouraging golfers to carefully strategize their game.
The course at the Wedgefield Golf & Country Club, although suitable for all golfers, is most appropriate for intermediate players. The affordably priced Wedgefield Golf Club used to be known as Rocket City and Cape Orlando.
Located in Central Florida, Stoneybrook East Golf Course is a championship course that has all the signatures of classic Florida golf courses. Although traditional in design there are some modern elements that lend to the overall challenge of the course.