Top 5 Golf Courses in Orlando

After theme parks and rides, golf is one of Orlando's great loves. There are numerous golf courses and clubs located around the city with a great mix of public and member-only greens available. Here is a guide to some of the best, and most elite, in the city to visit during stays in Orlando.
Walt Disney World
Besides Mickey Mouse and Co., Walt Disney World has its own fantastic premier golf course, Tom Fazio's Osprey Ridge. There are three individual greens at this course including the Palm, which is surrounded by a forest home to much native wildlife, making for an interesting and picturesque frame to the course, and the Magnolia, which features a bunker in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. All laughs aside, this still makes for a fun and challenging course.
Shingle Creek Golf Club
Having received Best Orlando Golf Course with the's Award of Excellence for 2013, this course is immensely popular with visitors to the area. Open every day to fee and resort play, this course is easily accessible too, sitting just a mile from the Orange County Convention Centre. The course received the prestigious award for its spectacular design, location, tournament quality conditions and superb service, so it is little wonder it is a winner with visitors to Orlando and locals too.
Orange County National
Also winning the Award of Excellence, this course is regarded as the Best Public Golf Course in the area. Having hosted the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 PGA TOUR Qualifying School Finals, the Orange County National Golf Club easily deserves its titles. There are a range of holes to play at this award-winning course, making it the perfect choice whether you're in a hurry or have all day to play.
Celebration Golf Club
If you are used to playing accurate approach shots, this is the course for you. Designed by father and son duo, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr., this golf course gets its players to putt with strategy and determination in the setting of a natural wetland framed by Orlando trees.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Renowned as the most famous of Orlando's many golf courses, the Bay Hill Club and Lodge was designed by leading golf course architect Dick Wilson and is regarded to this day as one of his greatest sites. Whilst it's a private golf resort, this course is still worth mentioning for its sheer popularity in the Orlando golf circuit. Having been owned by professional American golfer Arnold Palmer since 1974, the course has also hosted the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational professional golf tournament as a part of the PGA Tour since 1979.
This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of Holiday Genie, who are experts at finding great prices on holidays to Orlando and tickets to Universal Orlando.
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