Orlando: A Truly Unique Golf Destination
All around the globe, people know Orlando as the theme park capital of the world because Central Florida is home to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and many other smaller parks. But golfers know that this is also one of the best destinations for a golf vacation you’ll ever find.
Disney World alone has four amazing courses – Magnolia, Palm, Lake Buena Vista, and Oak Trail – designed to showcase the area’s natural beauty, while providing a fun, challenging day of golf.
In fact, these championship courses have earned several prestigious awards for their imaginative design, impressive amenities, world-class service, and overall playability. Most golfers who play one of the Disney courses will tell you that the experience is unforgettable and should be on every player’s bucket list.
Other courses you can find within a few miles of the Disney area include:
Shingle Creek Golf Club
Located near the Orange County Convention Center, this is a great course if you’re in town for business or a convention and you’ve got a day off. Designed by Thad Layton, senior golf course architect of the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the course is set along the Shingle Creek headwaters that lead to the Everglades.
Reunion Resort and Club
With three beautiful courses to play – designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson – a variety of experiences is available at Reunion. From the wide, generous fairways of the Arnold Palmer course, to the flowing contours of the Jack Nicklaus course, and the native terrain of the Tom Watson course, you’ll find a challenge around every corner.
Waldorf-Astoria Golf Club
Designed by famed course architect Rees Jones, this course is designed to complement the land’s natural features and contours. Part of the challenge at this course is the stunning beauty, which may distract even the most experienced player. Majestic cypress trees line the fairways, surrounding lush native landscaping and perfectly kept putting greens.
DubsDread Golf Course
Of course, no golf vacation in Orlando would be complete without enjoying a round at the historic DubsDread Golf Course. Designed and established in 1924, DubsDread is a part of the sport’s storied history as the site of the Orlando Golf Open. Golfers known to have played the course include Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Babe Zaharias. DubsDread is a challenging course with narrow fairways and beautiful scenery.
Taking care of your clubs while traveling
While a golf vacation in Orlando is definitely worth the effort, taking care of your clubs can present a challenge. For many golfers, the solution is to rent clubs at the golf course. That said, rental clubs simply won’t do for many others. Part of the difficulty is bringing the clubs while you travel.
However, most airlines can accommodate a golf bag with clubs if it’s packed in a travel cover. That said, some airlines won’t include your golf bag in your baggage allowance, while others may charge extra fees regardless. So, it’s a good idea to check.
Finally, if you’re staying in a hotel where you don’t have much closet space, it may feel a little crowded, especially if you have family or friends sharing the room with you. Whatever you do, don’t leave your golf bag in the trunk of your car. The Florida heat can cause damage and warping, so bring them inside.
Of course, this won’t be an issue at all if you’re staying in a rental home or condo, which will also give you plenty of space to stretch out and relax after a full day on the links!