When I think about where I’d like to stay if I was traveling to Orlando for a golf vacation, there’s only a couple places that come to mind, Bay Hill, Grand Cypress and Reunion Resort.
Bay Hill I’d stay at for no other reason than the one in a thousand chance that I might run into the great Arnold Palmer himself. The Golf and the lodging would be cool too…
Grand Cypress has some of the greatest golf in Orlando, the TaylorMade Performance Lab and the Academy of Golf. Not to mention, “allegedly” a couple of LPGA Players have taken up residence..
Reunion Resort because the golf courses look fantastic and the lodging seems upper crust and there’s tons for the family to do whilst I’m hitting up the links. Here’s a list of activities the wife and/or kids can engage in so you’ll be able to squeeze in some much desired golf time.
- Water Park complete with a 110-foot slide and a lazy river
- Kids Crew (a good place to deposit the yard apes from 9:00am-4:00pm)
- Five Pools and Spas
- Award Winning Tennis Complex complete with six lighted hydro-grid courts
- Boutique Spa offering massage therapy, skin and body treatments and salon services. (Nothing soothes a “golf widows” broken heart better than a full body massage!)
- Fitness Center
- Bike Rentals
- Center CourtRidge Playground
- Run/Walk/Biking Trails
On top of all of this, there’s plenty of dining options for you to choose from. Should you wish to cook your own meals, you can call ahead to the resort and they’ll do the shopping for you and stock the fridge and pantry!
Like the title says, Reunion Resort features 54 holes of golf on three different courses designed by three different golf greats!
The Legacy Course
An Arnold Palmer signature design, this 6912 yard, par 72 course features elevation changes of up to 50 feet. The course will give you plenty of opportunity’s to play the ever so popular risk/reward golf shots. Mr. Palmer designed his courses in the same fashion he plays golf, full of adventure and exuberance. There’s a variety of natural preserve areas on the course along with generous wide fairways and hilly undulating fairways.
The Traditional Course
A Jack Nicklaus signature design, the Traditional is a parkland style course featuring elevated tee boxes and greens. Unlike the other two courses, this course is deceptively difficult, luring unsuspecting golfers into hitting the risky shots with potentially big payoffs. This is a very beautiful and flowing design, easily captivating a golfers heart like the sirens did to Jason and the Argonauts.
The Independence Course
A Tom(Tooooome!!) Watson signature design,this links style 7,257 yard par 72 beast features hard, fast, wide rolling fairways, strategically placed bunkers and large putting surfaces. This course requires strategy and a well though out approach with an emphasis on a solid short game. The most decorated and arguably difficult of the three legendary courses, this is definitely one the must plays.
If you’re looking for a place to stay that has something for everyone and if you’re looking for a trip to pamper yourself one day and punish yourself the next, Reunion Resort isn’t a bad option to consider.