Destination Golf Orlando Itinerary

Every vacationer knows there's nothing like a local guide. When Golf Channel's Destination Golf program visited Orlando, show host (and local girl) Lauren Thompson gave viewers the insider's tour. Step inside a handful of area's finest golf courses, from Bay Hill, to the brand new Waldorf Astoria, to the courses at Disney. And what's an Orlando trip without a little off-course excitement? Watch Lauren take a race car for a spin, swim with the sea life at Discovery Cove, and even wrestle an alligator at Gatorland. Below, we've outlined Lauren's stops. And, you can click here to watch the program online.

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria Orlando LogoWaldorf Astoria Orlando, nestled in the heart of over 482 pristine acres in Bonnet Creek, is a crown jewel unlike any other. An elegant and refined Orlando luxury hotel, this unique property remains passionately devoted to the well-being of each and every guest.

18 holes | Public | Par: 72 | Length: 7108 yards
14224 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 34746
Phone: (407) 597-3783

Dubsdread Golf Course

Dubsdread LogoLocated just minutes from downtown Orlando, Dubsdread Golf Course features the oldest public layout in the area, originally designed in 1923 and renovated in 2008. This classic course has plenty of history attached to it as the former site of the Orlando Open, when it hosted such golf legends as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Claude Harmon.

18 holes | Public | Par: 72 | Length: 6055 yards
549 W. Par St.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 246-2551

See an Orlando Magic game

Orlando MagicMagic games are a great way to experience Orlando outside of the typical tourist traps and attractions. Watch Dwight Howard and the 2008-09 Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic LIVE as they make another playoff run - or take part in the inaugural season at the new Amway Center opening this fall.

600 W. Amelia Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Purchase tickets: 407-916-2934, or email
Take a boat ride on Lake Eola

Lake Eola ParkLake Eola Park is a popular destination in the downtown area for both visitors and locals. Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings by renting a swan-shaped paddle boat or electric gondola.

195 N Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Explore historic Winter Park

Winter ParkThe city of Winter Park, located just minutes north of Orlando, was originally founded as a winter resort destination before the turn of the 20th century and is celebrated today by thousands of visitors to annual festivals including the Bach and nationally ranked Sidewalk Art Festival.

Golf Channel

tgcIn early 1990, cable-entrepreneur Joseph E. Gibbs began his quest to launch a 24-hour golf network. As fate would have it, that same year Gibbs opened up his Birmingham, Ala., home to host one of the pros playing in the PGA Championship. That pro was none other than The King himself, Arnold Palmer. An immediate friendship developed between the two and that bond sparked the idea that became Orlando's own, GOLF CHANNEL.

7580 Commerce Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 355-GOLF (4653)

Grand Cypress Resort

Grand CypressThe Grand Cypress offers luxury hotel accommodations, endless golf and recreation and exquisite dining wrapped into a world-class Orlando golf resort.

45 holes | Public
1 N Jacaranda Street
Orlando, FL 32836-6618
Phone: (407) 239-4700

Dine at Four Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers SmokehouseAfter working up an appetite on the golf course, head to 4 Rivers - just north of Orlando in Winter Park for the signature Angus brisket dinner plate or sandwich.

2103 W Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 4RIVERS (474-8377)

Winter Park Country Club

Winter Park Country ClubThe WPCC is the second oldest golf club in Winter Park, played by the likes of Hogan, Snead, Sarazen and Hagen...And with narrow tree-lined fairways and postage stamp, bunker guarded greens, it's sure to provide a challenge to even the most experienced golfer.

9 holes | Public | Par: 70 | Length: 2470 yards
761 Old England Avenue
Phone: (407) 623-3339

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Richard Petty Driving ExperienceDrive or ride shotgun in a NASCAR-style stock car at speeds up to 120mph at the Walt Disney World Speedway at Walt Disney World Resort!

Walt Disney World
3450 World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 1800-BE-PETTY (939-0130)

Disney Golf

Walt Disney GolfWe all know Walt Disney World as the premiere family vacation destination in the world, but don't forget about the golf! Disney has 5 courses to choose from, including the Palm and Magnolia - host of the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

Walt Disney World Resort
Osprey Ridge| Palm | Magnolia | Lake Buena Vista | Oak Trail
Phone: (407) 938-3875


GatorlandGatorland is one of Central Florida's oldest attractions, providing a unique and natural alternative to the larger theme parks of today. Known internationally as the "Alligator Capital of the World," Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining "Old Florida" charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment.

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837
Phone: (407) 855 5496

Discovery Cove

Discovery CoveDiscovery Cove is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Kick back on pristine beaches, float along a scenic tropical river, snorkel in crystal waters teeming with exotic fish and share a swim in a tranquil lagoon with a bottlenose dolphin.

6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821
Phone: (877)-434-7268

Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Bay Hill Club and LodgeMention the Bay Hill Club and Lodge and serious golfers will probably get a dreamy look in their eyes. Bay Hill is one of the most prestigious semi-private clubs in the country, if not the world. Of course any club with Arnold Palmer as president must be special.

18 holes | Resort | Par: 72 | Length: 7204 yards
9000 Bay Hill Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 876-2429, 1-888-422-9445