Disney World tends to dominate Orlando, which is why people might not realise that there are also some amazing golfing opportunities in this part of Central Florida too.
Yes, hiding away in the shadow of Disney’s huge theme park are championship golf courses designed by golfing icons. Forget Orlando’s attractions for thrill-seekers and while away the sun-filled hours on these wonderful greens instead.
Where to stay in Orlando
For those who just want to concentrate on the golf, staying in exceptional villa accommodation is just the ticket. And here’s why. Not only are they ridiculously close to Orlando’s great golf clubs, but many luxury villas are located in exclusive resorts with their own on-site manicured courses. That ensures uninterrupted play for as many hours as you wish.
Three of the best
Guests staying in a Southern Dunes villa benefit from one of the best courses and clubs in Orlando: the award-winning Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club. An impressive clubhouse and pro golf shop complete the package. The country club is just 20 minutes from Disney World, should the temptation to play their five golf courses prove too much.
Reunion Resort is closer to Mickey’s home at just 6 miles away. But as there are three 18-hole championship golf courses by legends Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus within the gated resort, it’s doubtful that guests will need the magic of Disney during their stay. Also with luxury villas overlooking the courses, it will be hard not to decamp to their balconies and watch others tackle the green instead.
Then there’s Highlands Reserve Golf and Country Club. Keen golfers can enjoy its world-class course by staying close by in luxury villas with fantastic amenities.
Even more choice
But that’s not all; Orlando is dotted with many exclusive villa resorts close to its golf courses. They offer lavish accommodation with private swimming pools and hot tubs. Perfect for relaxation after a day on the green.
A whole range of villas are on offer, sleeping up to 18 people, which makes them ideal for couples, families and groups of golfing buddies. They boast grand bedrooms with en-suites, generous receptions rooms and gorgeous outdoor living areas. Self-catering is easy with state of the art kitchens and nights off from cooking can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurants or eateries in the immediate area.
Further on-site recreational facilities include water parks with lazy rivers, Olympic-sized swimming pools and beautifully landscaped walking and biking trails. Also tennis complexes, fitness centers, spas, children’s play areas and basketball and volleyball courts. Who needs Disney World?
Choose from Formosa Gardens Resort, Emerald Isle Resort, Watersong Resort, Windsor Palms Resort, Calabay Parc at Tower Lakes and Windsor Hills Resort, with a shuttle to nearby golf courses including Mystic Dunes Golf course.