Golf in Orlando is a big deal. People are mad about it, and it is this obsession for the game that has resulted in so many courses coming to exist in the area. The sport is on another level in Orlando with even Disney getting involved.
Shingles Creek Club is conveniently located on Universal Boulevard, not far from the theme parks and mayhem of International Drive and therefore is an excellent choice to combine a few rounds of Golf with a family vacation to Orlando Florida. A par 72, 18 hole course, Shingles Creek GC was designed by David Harman and opened in 2003 and has great facilities such as a professional tuition service, driving range and putting green. Shingles Creek GC prides itself on the belief that the course is as beautiful as it is challenging. The philosophy behind the course is that they believe that everyone deserves to experince what it’s like to play on a tournament standard course.
Disney, of course are the reason for the original tourist boom in the Orlando area and have not missed out on contributing a few wonderful courses. Disney’s Magnolia GC has played host to the PGA tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic for the past 40 years and has had some of the greatest players the game has ever seen play and win on the course. Jack Nicklaus has won 3 events on the course and none other than Tiger Woods won here back in 1996 and followed that up with another victory in 1999. You cannot escape the Disney charm as you venture around this course as the par 3, sixth hole bunker in the shape of Mickey Mouse is a considerable reminder of the Disney factor.
Another fine course exists in the form of the Waldorf Astoria GC, designed by Rees Jones, this 18 hole par 72 course stretches through a large wetland reserve for more than 7’000 yards. After a fantastic day, be sure to head to the Clubhouse Grille, a perfect end to a great day.
Many more courses exist in the Orlando area and to name them all would become a tedious task, needless to say however, is that the perfect course exists for every visitor of Orlando, Florida.
Orlando, as previously mentioned is Golf mad, International drive, the Florida Mall and the Premium Outlet stores are packed with stores selling merchandise and equipment ranging from Mickey Mouse balls to state of the art clubs claiming to improve your swing.
Mini-Golf in Orlando
Mini-Golf is also a huge hobby in Orlando and all along International Drive you will find these fun little courses ranging in difficulty and theme. You will find Pirate themed courses, Jungle themed courses and many more. This can be great fun and a nice way to relax in the evening after a long and action packed day in one of Orlando’s many theme parks.
Some of the courses will have their own resident Alligators and most will allow you to feed them for a nominal fee, this is great fun and makes for fantastic photo opportunities.