Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Orlando’s Finest Courses

What was once a quiet town and a featureless scrubland has now turned into an all-time favorite vacation destination for guests from all parts of the world. Orlando, among the many other places in Florida has been attracting visitors of all ages whatever season it may be. Kids and young at hearts can explore the well visited theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, or try the water parks, shopping malls, and many other exciting places to visit. Although Orlando has been popularly known as a year-round getaway paradise with the major theme parks, the city is also home to some of the world’s finest greens that were designed by professional golf icons. Amidst the city’s vast urban sprawl are the best holes scattered around the undulating greens that offer unmatched beauty and difficulty levels. Some of Orlando’s finest courses include the Crooked Cat of the Orange County National, the International Course of the Championsgate Golf Resort, the Grande Lakes of Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista, the Harmony Golf Preserve, and the Legends Golf and Country Club.

Orange County National – Crooked Cat

Cited by Golf Digest as “Places to Play” in 2000 and rated with 4 ½ stars, the Crooked Cat of the Orange County National is a 7,277-yard layout that features the native redtop heather grass with the Scottish feel. The steep grass, sand bunkers, large sloping greens, and the 50-foot elevation changes has made this unique layout stand out among the rest. The Crooked Cat course also serves as the true test to every golfer’s skill level.

Championsgate Golf Resort – International Course

World class golf with unmatched facilities is what the International Course of the Championsgate Golf Resort is all about. Just minutes away from the famous Walt Disney World, this ultimate escape also serves as the perfect retreat for golf professionals who want rekindle the good old days. The resort also offers the digital GPS Caddy System where golfers will experience the PGA-type scoring while improving further with their swings.

Ritz-Carlton Golf Club – Grande Lakes

The Grande Lakes of Ritz-Carlton Golf club is the masterpiece of Greg Norman, a 2-time British Open Champion and top golf course designer. The layout offers the strategically placed bunkers, the intermingling balance of water hazards, and the meticulously groomed green complexes. These features serve as Orlando’s fair test of golf to guests coming from all parts of the globe.

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista is a meandering course that runs through Orlando’s pine forests, sparkling lakes, palmettos, and the pastel villas. The golf course that was designed by Joe Lee was given a rating of four out of five stars by Golf Digest. While honing their swinging skills, golfers can also take the best views of the boats and canals as well as the enchanting lighthouse.

Harmony Golf Preserve

Designed by Johnny Miller, a former U.S. Open Champion, the Harmony Golf Preserve offers the complete golf practice facility that features the driving range, chipping area, and the putting green. The resort is also home to the magnificent clubhouse that holds the best banquet facility as well as a professional shop, locker rooms for men and women, and the taproom. The resort’s great outdoors has the diverse animal and plant life that lovers of nature can further explore.

Legends Golf and Country Club

Selected as the first among the “Top Ten Golf Courses in Central Florida” for the year 2002 by the Florida Golf Central Magazine, the Legends Golf and Country Club has the majestic layout that has a 72.9 course rating. The course features the vertiginous elevations, breathtaking views, and the cinemascopic horizons that amaze every golfer who takes the challenges of its well designed holes.

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