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GOLF IN ORLANDO

Golfers visiting CLC World in Orlando are blessed with an amazing choice of golf courses with no fewer than 170 options available within just an hour’s drive of the resort.

Close to the resort, there are nine courses in the town of Kissimmee alone and all but two of them are fully open to visitors. As with most US golf clubs, the facilities and the welcome are first class, while the courses themselves provide a stern test of golfing skills, whatever your handicap level.

On a wider scale, the greater Orlando area is home to a dozens more courses with challenges that will suit everyone’s ability and preference. Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite for golf during your holiday in Orlando:

Falcon’s Fire GC, Kissimmee

Highly rated as one of Florida’s best public courses, Falcon’s Fire has recently had a substantial makeover. Challenging fairways are set upon gently rolling terrain with abundant water hazards and lush greens that will hold a well placed ball. It is very popular, so it’s advisable to book your tee times in advance. Call (+1) 407 239-5445.

Championsgate GC, Championsgate

With a layout designed by the ‘Great White Shark’, Greg Norman, Championsgate features two top quality, 18-hole courses of undoubted championship standard – one links-style with long carries over natural wetlands and the other built in ‘Florida golf resort’ style with numerous trees, lakes and bunkers protecting small greens. The technical challenges at Championsgate will especially appeal to keen club golfers with mid – low handicaps. Both courses share the same superb clubhouse facilities. Tee times should be booked at least 14 days before play. Call (+1) 407 787-4653 for reservations.

Harmony Golf Preserve, St Cloud

Playing at Harmony – officially rated as the #4 hardest golf course in Orlando – you’ll need to bring your best all round game. Former Open champion, Johnny Miller, designed the course, which sits on a 260 acre wildlife preserve and has been recognised for its excellent environmental quality. At 7,428 yards, this is a really tough test of controlled golf which ‘Golf Digest’ rated as 4.5/5 stars. Excellent facilities include a practice range. For prices and tee time reservations, call (+1) 407 891-8525.

CLC World in Orlando is the perfect base for a golfing holiday in Florida – where the biggest ‘club selection’ problem is about those you don’t have time to play! And golfers can relax while enjoying their round – there’s so much to see and do for non-golfers that there’ll be no complaints about you spending the whole day out on the course.