Golf in Orlando: Test Your Golf Skills On Signature Holes
NearbyDaytona Beach is headquarters of the LPGA, the longest-running women’s sports association in the world.
Orlando hosts some of the sport’s most talented players each year during PGA
tournaments. The Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard is held in March.
The FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World is played on Walt Disney World golf courses in October.
The 22nd Annual Buick Scramble, the world’s largest amateur golf tournament, is held at Grande Lakes Orlando in October.
From golf packages at Orlando's finest hotels to companies specializing in golf vacations,
golf-and-lodging packages abound. Many resorts offer free transportation and entrée to otherwise
private courses. Several area golf facilities arrange group golf tournaments that even include challenging
nighttime golf. For enthusiasts looking to improve their game, Orlando’s famed golf academies,
such as the world headquarters of the famed golf academies, such as the world headquarters of the David
Leadbetter Golf Academy at ChampionsGate, can customize golf instructions for groups or individuals.
Celebration Golf Club
One of Celebration Golf Club’s signature holes
is the par 4, picturesque and the deceptively short 335 yard, dog-leg right,
15th. Big hitters may be tempted to drive the elevated green, but will be better served
playing a long iron or fairway wood off the tee. A high, accurate second shot and soft
landing onto the undulating green is critical for birdie or par. Misplayed shots, long or short,
find large deep bunkers probably resulting in bogey, double bogey or worse.
The renowned father-son team of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr. sculpted a park-like atmosphere
within the natural wetland environment, creating a truly serene golf experience. The course boasts
rolling terrain that weaves through a series of pristine lakes and periodic clusters of native oak,
pine and magnolia. Designed with shot-making strategy in mind, the championship- caliber course demands
accurate approach shots and consistent putting. Featuring strategic hazards and challenging greens,
the course invites competition for many skill levels.
Disney's Eagle Pines & Osprey Ridge Golf Club
Whether off to the rolling hills and contours of the Tom Fazio-designed
Osprey Ridge course or the low-lying links of Pete Dye's Eagle Pines, golfers are
in for a not-so-typical round of golf -- beginning at the Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge clubhouse.
Under the direction of Disney Development Co., Gwathmey Siegal Associates of New
York set out to design a clubhouse like no other in the world.
"We were challenged to design a clubhouse that would be totally memorable and
recognizable as a Disney golf clubhouse," said Tom Sunnarborg, assistant project manager,
Disney Development Co. "It combines bright colors and shapes -- very much in the style of
entertainment architecture -- with functionality."
Golfers will notice the high-profile design as they are greeted at the club entrance by a
sculpture of giant silver golf tees ranging in size from six to ten feet high.
The distinctive exterior of geometric shapes ranges from purple to green to yellow in color.
It is complemented by an interior layout designed with functionality, flow and efficiency for successful golf operations.
The central rotunda allows convenient access to the pro shop,
banquet room, bar and grill and locker rooms.
Features of Disney's Eagle Pines & Osprey Ridge Golf Club include:
Pro Shop -- full-service shop featuring all the golf gear you need.
Unique crescent-shaped design with panoramic window gives guests a scenic
view of the 18th green of both courses.
Accessories range from golf shoes
to designer golf bags to a selection of character and custom-logo sportswear.
Rental Equipment -- Golf clubs, shoes and driving range balls are available
for a nominal fee.
Tournament Room features nearly 2,000 square feet of flexible
function space to host a full tournament.
The room also can open into a bar and grill area,
accommodating 240 guests for an awards ceremony or luncheon.
The Sand Trap bar and grill offers a selection of sandwiches,
appetizers and bar snacks in a comfortable atmosphere.
The space spills out to a covered terrace overlooking
the finishing holes of both courses.
The veranda can be used for receptions or small functions.
Eagle Creek Golf Club
Eagle Creek Golf Club’s signature hole is the challenging hole 17 – 188 yards – par 3.
The tee shot requires a carry over water to a bulkhead island green that is protected
by three bunkers. The bunker’s design is reminiscent of those found in Scotland and England.
The green is large and requires careful placement of the tee shot to assure a two putt for par.
The hole includes a number of landscape beds and clusters of Florida palm trees around the tee area and the back of the green.
Eagle Creek Golf Club, an Audubon Silver Signature Course, is a new golf course
in Orlando, located just minutes from Orlando International Airport and near Lake Nona.
The high-end championship, 18-hole, 7,100-yard course was designed through the collaborative
efforts of Ron Garl and Howard Swann.