Orange Lake Resort and Country Club in Kissimmee is one of those places we've all heard of yet few of us have ever visited, and that's sad, especially so if you're a golfer.
I can’t honestly tell you that Kissimmee is my favorite spot in Central Florida; in fact, just the opposite is true. It is, after all, the main gateway into Mr. Mickey's World. Be that as it may, Kissimmee has a lot going for it, not the least of which is the fact that it's home to (besides the Mouse) Orange Lake Resort and Country Club and, in particular, the resort's two very visit-worthy golf courses. Both are famous enough in the area, but neither one has received the publicity I think they deserve. The Legends, though not one of Arnie’s signature designs (it was laid out by Arnold Palmer Course Design) is an enjoyable a round of golf as you could want to play – better yet, it’s a whole less expensive to play than some in the area. And the Reserve, a Mike Dasher design, is a fine companion to the Legends. So, it seems there’s always some sort of golf special running at the resort and, if you’re looking for value for money, I can heartily recommend you consider at least a couple days at Orange Lake Resort and Country Club.
A Review of the Club
Orange Lake Resort & Country Club is a beautiful, 1100-acre, full-service resort featuring three courses with 45 holes of championship golf that will challenge any skill level. You'll love the two championship courses — The Legends and The Reserve — along with an 18-hole walking course called Legends Walk, which is lighted for nighttime fun. Fairways wind throughout the Orange Lake property so that many of its spacious and luxurious two-bedroom villas have wonderful golf course views. Orange Lake also has two world-class pool complexes, an 80-acre lake and white sand beach, racquet sports, basketball, a fitness center, and a host of other daily activities. Located just four miles from Walt Disney World Resort off Route 192 in Kissimmee, Orange Lake is as they say, “the perfect location for a Central Florida golf getaway.”
Where Else Can You Stay
There are a couple of options I can recommend (I have no affiliation with any of the hotels and resorts I recommend - recommendations are based on personal experience): I suggest you try DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World. It’s convenient to the course and to all the amenities in the Orlando area. Or you might like to consider the luxurious Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, the centerpiece of a magnificent 1,500-acre Resort with offers 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf, an Equestrian Center, racquet club, nine-hole pitch and putt course, elegant dining at several restaurants, and abundant recreation. Both are handy to the golf course and the two hotels offer a range of price options.
More Golf Opportunities In and Around Orlando
There are more golf courses and resorts in and around Orlando than anywhere else in Florida. During the past 40 years, or so, the area and the sport has exploded. Today, there are more than 50 fine golf courses within 20 miles of the city center. To support these golf courses, there are a dozen or more grand resorts, some of them world class in every sense of the words; Grand resorts, such as the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes and the home of the Mouse himself where you'll four amazing, championship golf courses to play: Walt Disney World Resort. All-in-all, we really do find ourselves spoiled for choice when considering a golf outing to Orlando. Here are more than 25 listings and in-depth reviews of some of the best Golf Courses and Resorts in Orlando.
How to Get There
Orlando is served by the Orlando International Airport. The airport is served by all major US airlines, including United, Delta, Continental, US Air, AirTran, American, and Northwest, and by Air Canada and major airlines from Europe and the United Kingdom.
If you're looking for more ideas for your golf getaway, you might like to consider one or more of these favorites: Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas, all over the Caribbean and Mexico and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.