Orlando might attract thousands of tourists per year with its theme parks, but keeping them entertained while they’re here is an almost overwhelming selection of high-quality golf courses. In fact, Orlando can boast that it’s one of the world’s most renowned golf destinations in the world with many award-winning courses that are even stops on the PGA Tour. If you’re a beginner looking to hone your skills, there’s a course for you, and if you’re a pro looking to test your talent on a wide range of different and challenging layouts, there are several courses for you. Just bring your clubs – or rent them – and get ready to enjoy a scenic, memorable, and fun round at one of our recommended Orlando courses.
Among the city’s fantastic array of golf courses is one of the most recognizable in America, Bay Hill Golf Club. Known as the winter home and course of its owner, great American golfer Arnold Palmer, Bay Hill is ranked the fourth best golf course in Florida by Golfweek and is the annual home of the PGA’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here, players can match their skill against lush greens that have seen the likes of Tiger Woods and other pros on 27 holes spanning across 270 scenic lakeside acres. Bay Hill’s links will prove a challenging but fair test for pros and amateurs alike.
Another excellent course is actually not too far from Orlando’s famous theme parks – Disney’s Magnolia, a beautifully designed course scented with the perfume of 1,500 Magnolia trees. Also a stop on the PGA Tour, the 7,190-yard Magnolia is home to the Children’s Miracle Network Classic and features a classic design that will throw nearly every challenge in the golf course bag at you. 97 bunkers are scattered throughout the course, and water comes into play on twelve holes. However, amidst the course’s wide fairways and lush, rolling terrain, you’ll find yourself having a great time as you try to conquer all Magnolia’s hazards – including a Mickey-shaped sand-trap on the famed sixth hole.
One of Orlando’s other hot golf spots is also one of its biggest; at the 922-acre Orange County National Golf Center, players will find a golfer’s paradise complete with two 18-hole championship courses, a 9-hole short course, and the largest driving range and practice facility in America. Golfers will play through wetlands, rolling meadows, and Scottish-inspired links on this incredibly well-maintained and challenging facility, which has something for players of every skill level.
With so many courses to choose from, your dream round is easily achievable on the peaceful yet exhilarating greens of Orlando. So get out there, have fun, and most importantly…good luck!