10 Best Golf Courses in Orlando

Our friends over at GolfOrlandoFlorida.com recently released their best golf courses in Orlando 2011. They surveyed various golfers and golf course operators and the golf courses rankings are based on course conditions, course design, customer service, cost, and playability.

They also gave out two awards of excellence for best Orlando resort golf course, which went to Shingle Creek Golf Club and best Orlando public course which went to Orange County National Golf Course.

Although Shingle Creek is an amazing course, I have to disagree with the ranking. I would’ve given Grand Cypress Golf Club the best resort course award. They offer you such a variety out there, with the three different 9-hole tracks and the 18-hole St. Andrews replica “New Course.”

Some other courses on the list were..

Southern Dunes Golf Club, a 1993 Steve Smyers championship design that has also made numerous appearances in many best of Orlando and Florida golf course lists.

Champions Gate Golf Club, a Greg Norman design that has two 18-hole layouts, the National and International courses.

The National is a classic American parkland course that winds through 200 acres of secluded woodlands, wetlands, and former orange groves.

The International follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes, has the look and feel of a links-style layout in the British Isles – except for the addition of water hazards. The International was designed, constructed and seeded to offer a hard, fast playing surface similar to those found on true links courses.

Grand Cypress Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus designed, 45 hole championship golf course. The 27-hole North/South/East Course provides the ultimate test of accuracy while the 18-hole New Course provides a Scottish links masterpiece.

Harmony Golf Preserve, my personal favorite, is the only Johnny Miller designed golf course in Orlando. Built on a 260 acre wildlife preserve Harmony features a fantastic design in a peaceful setting. With a 76.1 course rating and a 136 slope, Harmony is one of the most challenging Orlando Golf Courses. It’s also one of the longest, measuring 7417 yards from the tips.

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