The biggest attraction for Central Florida? Walt Disney World. Unless of course, you’re an avid golf fan. Considering the sport of golf is particularly popular among the senior community, it's important to note that central Florida offers state-of-the-art courses, played by professionals and available to everyday golfers. Whether you're looking to run into your favorite PGA Tour player, catch a tournament, or perfect that swing, here are the top 3 courses, as ranked by Golf.com.
1. Bay Hill Club & Lodge
With its long history of hosting PGA Tour events, visiting Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill is a no-brainer. One of the most notable features of this golf course is its relatively flat terrain and little scenic distraction, allowing for a challenging experience driven by winds. The course winds through 7 lakes, adding adrenaline to any golfer’s mindset. If you’re looking for a relaxed game of golf, optional tee sites are available. The only catch for this course? You have to stay at the resort (or get an invite from a member) to play. Packages range from $186-$225.
2. Reunion Resort
The best feature of the Reunion Resort? It’s the only resort that is home to three golf courses designed by renowned architects: Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus. Whether you’re looking to spend quality, non-competitive time with friends and family or looking to step up your golf game, this resort provides a variety of packages to suit your needs. Golf packages for friends and family range from $153 to $273/night and its golf clinics offer access to certified PGA Tour Professionals.
3. Waldorf Astoria
With an 18-hole course designed by acclaimed architect, Rees Jones, the Waldorf Astoria caters to both professionals and amateur golfers. The course offers practice greens, all included in the green fees, which allow golfers to refine their short game and practice their putting. The course carries a par of 72 and stretches 7,108 yards from hole 1 to hole 18, so a full game can be quite long. If you aren’t looking to play a full 18-hole game, these ranges are also available for shorter games. The Waldorf Astoria also provides individual lessons for those who are interested in perfecting their swing. General packages range from $70-$175.
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