Walker Friendly Golf Courses in Orlando

I’ve received multiple questions from the readership asking if I could give them a list of Orlando golf courses that allowed walkers to play the course. So, I did the leg work and called almost every golf course in Orlando and the list below are those that allow walkers to play.

I was a bit shocked at how few courses are “walker friendly” and I was pleasantly surprised at a few that were.

Casselberry Golf Club 407-699-9310
Disney’s Oak Trail (9hole) 407-938-4653
Dubsdread Golf Course 407-246-2551
EagleCreek 407-273-4653
Eastwood Golf Club 407-281-4653
Fairways Country Club 407-282-7535
Faldo Golf Institute 407-238-7677
Grand Cypress Golf Club N/E/S 407-239-1975
Grand Cypress Golf Club New Course 407-239-1975
Grand Pines Golf Club 407-239-6909
Harmony Golf Preserve 407-891-8525
Hawks Landing Golf Club 407-238-8910
Highlands Reserve Golf Club 877-508-4653
North Shore Golf Club 407-277-9277
Ritz Carlton Golf Club 407-393-4900
Sugarloaf Mountain 407-544-1104
Victoria Hills Golf Club 386-738-6000
Wedgefield Country Club 800-573-3118
Winter Park Country Club 407-599-3339
Casselberry Golf Club 407-699-9310 Yes
Disney’s Oak Trail (9hole) 407-938-4653 Yes
Dubsdread Golf Course 407-246-2551 Yes $10 Cheaper
EagleCreek 407-273-4653 Yes No Discount
Eastwood 407-281-4653 Yes No Discount
Fairways Country Club 407-282-7535 Yes
Faldo Golf Institute Course 407-238-7677 Yes No Discount
Grand Cypress (N,E,S) 407-239-1975 Yes/No Depends on how busy they are
Grand Cypress New Course 407-239-1975 Yes
Grand Pines 407-239-6909 Yes
Harmony Golf Preserve 407-891-8525 Yes No Pull Carts Allowed No Discount
Hawks Landing 407-238-8910 Yes No Discount
Highland Reserve Golf Club 877-508-4653 Yes
North Shore Golf Club 407-277-9277 Yes Discounted Rate
Ritz Carlton Golf Club 407-393-4900 Yes Caddy Program additional $25
Sugarloaf Mountain 407-544-1104 Yes Members & possibly others
Victoria Hills 386-738-6000 Yes After 12:00 $30
Wedgefield Country Club 800-573-3118 Yes
Winter Park Country Club 407-599-3339 Yes

Amateur golf seems to have adapted itself to the laziness that taken over our country. Yes, I know, golf courses are a business and they need to push through as many people as possible in order to stay in business, but out of all the courses I called, only 18 were walker friendly… That seems wrong to me.

One of the primary benefits of golf is the fact that if you forego the golf cart and walk from hole to hole, you’re actually walking between three to five miles. Considering that many courses have an ever changing topography, you could be climbing uphill and downhill, working several muscles in the process.

Walking is a low-impact cardiovascular activity that gets the heart pumping. Many doctors advise walking over jogging because it isn’t jarring on the knees and feet. Walking is often an important part of a workout routine and can promote weight loss and a healthier heart. For golfers who do not have a caddy, carrying a bag full of clubs adds some resistance while walking.

Research has indicated that playing a round of golf has the same health benefits of a full 45-minute fitness class. It will burn fat and also improve your good cholesterol levels. Some estimates suggest that playing a round of golf and carrying your clubs can burn over 400 calories, while walking with a pull cart can burn over 300 calories.

Swinging clubs and putting are also physical workouts. Repetition can help tone muscles in the arms, back and shoulders. It may also improve flexibility and range of motion. Golf also helps to strengthen hand-eye coordination and balance. It can be a great way for older players to remain spry and active in a low-impact way.

Apart from the apparent physical benefits, playing golf also has some mental health benefits as well. Simply being outdoors on a beautiful day can boost a person’s spirits. Provided you’re not caught up with the competition aspect and gunning to win, golf can also be a relaxing endeavor that helps stress melt away. There’s also the camaraderie of golf: spending time with friends and other players and engaging in conversation.

Golf has many benefits, and despite not being as high-energy as baseball or football, for example, it still remains a sport that can prove beneficial to your health.

exerpt taken from FortWayne.com

I’m just as lazy as the rest of us, but I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to walk atleast 1/2 of the rounds I play. What brought all this about was a couple weeks ago when I played out at Winter Park Country Club. It’s a nine hole course that I played twice and when I got back to the clubhouse I felt like crap, I was completely drained, and I’m still a “relatively” young man! 🙂

Also, something I saw a couple do one time, if you’re playing a course that’s cart-only, you and your playing partner can alternate walking and riding, one drives the cart whilst the other walks to their ball.

Do you prefer walking or riding?

If you liked this one, feel free to check out my other Orlando golf course reviews and if you’re looking to play, here’s a selection of discounted Orlando tee times.

  15 comments for “Walker Friendly Golf Courses in Orlando

  1. at

    Dave, this article is a godsend. I want to do more walking this winter to try and drop a few unwanted pounds – ok, 40, but who’s counting. Thanks for the list, I’ll be printing it out. My only question is, how many of these clubs turn into riding only clubs once the snowbirds arrive in a blatant cash grab?

  2. at

    That’s a good question, I’d hope that most wouldn’t change their policy. I know that Grand Cypress N,E,S combo was contingent on how busy they were, but the New Course is always walker friendly.

  3. jr

    Here on the east coast the municipal and county courses are going to require carts before 11am during the winter months. This is an economic move mosty. A GPS track of the Habitat (Brevard county course) is just under a 7 mile walk. I walk about 95% of the time. Some courses like Savannahs (another Brevard County course) allows walking but because it is through a housing development there are some 3 block spaces between holes and has (from what I’ve heard) 95% cart usage.

  4. jr

    I do have to report that in England there are usually one or two carts per course and everyone walks. I also have to report that one course I played this summer (semi-private) has a fee of 60 pounds to walk. When I got my credit card bill that converted to $97.

  5. at

    This is some great information. This is really helpful!

  6. Doc

    I play at Sugarloaf Mountain almost every week and I’m really surprised that they would allow walking. I’ve NEVER seen anyone walking that course … and, that course is nothing but up and down, up and down on some very, very steep hills. I just can’t imagine anyone wanting to walk that course … ever!

    As for the others mentioned, I’ve seen walkers at most of them whenever I’ve played there. Good information, as always, Dave.

  7. at

    As a big man myself i would like to see a post about the best courses for the disabled or those like myself who struggle to get around the green. I am looking to book a trip with florida villa options to perhaps Southern Dunes or Highlands Reserve but i am not 100% sure which villa development to stay in based on accessibilty around the course. Some up in Scotland are extremely rugged (and windy), so best avoided. I am hoping that by heading out to Florida, i can experience better comforts as i know how good the American people are towards the disadvantaged.

  8. at

    I’ve never stayed there, but Grand Cypress has some beautiful Villas right on the property, most overlooking the golf courses. They also have a Marriott there, full accommodations, etc.. I’ve not been to Southern Dunes, I heard they have a great track, but I can’t vouch for it.

  9. Luis

    Thank you for the information. I am relatively new to golfing and I often wonder how many courses in the Central Florida area were walker friendly.

  10. ken

    Thanks for the research Dave. I was just about to do the same thing – calling up all the courses-so you have saved me several hours of work.

    I recently played several courses in the UK and I can confirm that over there walking is the norm. I would say 90% were walking and those in carts were mostly the infirm.

    I head out to Florida in 10 days time for 3 months and will be armed with your list. I’ll report on any interesting findings

  11. Hans

    This list is very helpful. I will be visiting the Orlando area in early May and for me walking whilst playing Golf is the norm, as I play on a links course in Holland.

  12. David

    You missed one of the best walking courses – Winter Park Pines. You can walk and pull a hand cart at this course and it is in terrific shape.

  13. David

    You missed one of the best walking courses – Winter Park Pines. You can walk and pull a hand cart at this course and it is in terrific shape.

  14. Thomas

    Unfortunately the listing for Eagle Creek is incorrect I have tried on numerous occasions to walk and they require a full cart fee payment and was told I had to ride

  15. RG

    Thomas is correct, Eagle Creek should be removed. No walking before 4pm and off the course by 530pm (basically no walking). They even said pace of play is 4:45, and from experience, they pack the tee sheet like sardines, horrible. I can’t imagine anyone that prefers to walk 18 being slowing than 4:45.

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