It’s a question that comes up more often than you might think – “I’m going to Orlando soon; where should I go for a good round of golf?” Many people go to Orlando, some on a family holiday, others to go to a convention, still more to attend a conference, and a sizeable proportion of these people enjoy playing golf.
Golfing in Orlando (image from disneydreamsvilla.com)
So where is the best place to golf in The City Beautiful? Well, there is no one definitive answer, we’re afraid, which is perhaps why the question is so frequently asked. Orlando, and the surrounding areas, is home to some of the biggest and most affordable golf courses in America, in both public and resort flavours. Golfing holiday costs can be high nevertheless, and saving on your travel can be a great way to minimise the costs. Online flight comparison websites are now often the best place to find cheap flights to Orlando.
There aren’t many private clubs in Orlando, which makes it a pleasant change for your average golfer, but there’s not a great deal of variety – a lot of the courses are very flat, making them somewhat uninteresting.
Keeping that firmly in mind, we’ve hand-picked a few different choices for your perusal – you should be able to cater for all tastes with this little list!
City Centre St Andrew’s – Grand Cypress, New Course
One of Jack Nicklaus’s four at Grand Cypress, this one might not have made as big a splash as the other three (North, South, and West, to name them), but the New Course has slowly been recognised as one of the more interesting courses in Florida.
It’s a homage to the famous Old Course, at St Andrew’s, so you’ll be playing facsimiles of some of the most famous holes in all of golfing. The grass is sadly a little spongy, but that doesn’t detract from the experience too much.
Drive to the Drive – Southern Dunes
A bit further away –at Haines City, slightly south of Orlando – you’ll have to drive to get to Southern Dunes, but the trek is worth it: the course is easily one of the strongest in The Sunshine State, with some seriously breath-taking bunker action.
Annoyingly, the housing in the area can seem somewhat invasive at times, but don’t let that distract you – there’s a lot of strategy to be found here; the green complexes are certainly sophisticated.
Quiet and Quirky – Diamondback
If you’re looking to get away from all the housing encroaching upon your game, your best bet would be Diamondback. Located only a further six miles south from Southern Dunes, this course isn’t too far away geographically, but it’s worlds apart from some of Florida’s more heavily visited courses.
It’s a pretty tight little course; you’ll have to bring your A-game if you want to keep on target. The fairways weave their way through thick corridors of dense underbrush, and there’s not a home to be seen for miles around. The wetlands make for a more interesting style of play, and the shaping is as smooth as silk.
You won’t find a better 18 holes anywhere near Orlando; each hole is individual and isolated, giving you a truly transporting effect.