Resort Golfing in Orlando
By: Kim Michele
Known for year-round sunshine, top rated golf courses and 5-star golfing resorts, Orlando has over 120 golf courses and has played host to 2 PGA tour events so far. The town is filled with amateur and professional players alike and is home to one of the world’s top players: Tiger Woods. Whether you are in town on vacation or business, if you are a golfer you have come to the right place so be sure to take some time out to put your golfing skills to the test.
Looking for a challenge? journeyPod has just the course for you. Voted one of America’s top 40 new golf courses by Golfweek, and Central Florida’s top 10 toughest courses by Orlando Business Journal, the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club offers a spectacular 18-hole, par 72 (7,228 yards) champion course. Designed by the famous architect David Harman, the course is a true masterpiece offering a very challenging game. Harman has quite the resume, with noted golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Arnold Palmer all having hired him to construct their golf courses.
To accompany the 5-star golf course Rosen Shingle Creek Resort offer the hospitality and attention only a privately owned hotel can. It is not uncommon to cross paths with Harrison Rosen (founder and owner) in the reception, at the restaurant or out on the golf course. He’s very ‘hands-on’ which makes for a personal touch evident throughout the hotel and their staff.
Awarded the AAA Four-diamond rating, the Rosen Shingle Creek’s roots date back to the days of the Florida Frontiers complete with its own shingle creek housing the headwaters to Florida’s famous Everglades. Such is the incredible service and hospitality that the Rosen Shingle Creek has become a favorite for the Osmond clan. Marie Osmond (accompanied by a brother or two) is a regular in the Presidential Suite; over 1,700 square feet of pure luxury!
Just 2 miles from Disney World lies the rolling fairways of Mystic Dunes Golf Club. A truly unique design, this 18-hole, par 71 course was designed by Champions Tour Professional Gary Koch and is nestled amongst Mystic Dunes Resort’s 600 acres of rolling hills. At 7,012 yards the course spreads over 156 acres and is a challenging game for anyone on its greens. For a little rest and relaxation be sure to visit the clubhouse, take a quick peak in the pro shop, or enjoy a delicious meal at Kenzie’s Steakhouse.
Whether you are on a golf trip with your buddies, on vacation with your family or just visiting for the day, you are guaranteed a great game of golf! There is even an 18-hole miniature golf course for the kids, which should keep them occupied while you head out onto the greens. Should you want to make a vacation of it, Mystic Dunes offer over 700 1,2,and 3-bedroom villas strategically scattered throughout the property with all the amenities of a resort and the comforts of home.
After a week of nothing but great golf, good food and much needed time-out, journeyPod headed home to start planning the next round. So many golf courses, so little time! Practice really does make perfect.
Learn more Orlando luxury travel tips by checking out our “Orlando Luxury Travel for Adults: Resorts, Spa, Dining & Entertainment” and “Orlando Luxury Travel for Adults: Nightlife, Attractions & Entertainment” articles.