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#1 VanSwagger83

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:15 PM

Going to Orlando for a week at the end of March trying to figure out which courses to play.  We're planning about 3 rounds of golf and we're staying pretty close to Sea World from what Google Maps shows.  Any advice on what courses to play or avoid?  I've been searching online, but don't know anything about these courses.  We're not looking to spend a fortune, but I'd like to see if I could play at least 1 Championship style of course (Falcon's Fire?  Reunion Courses?)
Also correct me if I'm wrong, getting out on Bay Hill requires staying at that specific lodge, and very costly, right?
Edit: how hot should I expect it to be at the end of March?  I haven't been to Orlando/Florida in years and last times I was there it was the middle of winter.
Thanks

Edited by VanSwagger83, 07 February 2019 - 06:16 PM.


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 09:55 PM

I would try and go to southern dunes for sure. Next shingle Creek and grand cypress. Reunion is nice if you can play Watson course. Any of the Disney courses or championsgate.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:16 AM

 htownchaz, on 07 February 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

I would try and go to southern dunes for sure. Next shingle Creek and grand cypress. Reunion is nice if you can play Watson course. Any of the Disney courses or championsgate.
I heard very mixed reviews about Shingle Creek recently from a group that was down there, I wasn't sure what to expect.
What's the difference between the different Reunion Courses, I was looking at the website, and they all seemed nice.  Thanks for the input.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:20 AM

All of the Grand Cypress courses are great.  Falcon's Fire and Orange County National are solid.  havent played Celebration in years but that one was fun too.

High end resort courses - Ritz course is a great fun course.  I'd stay away from the Waldorf course.  Norman design that is way too difficult.
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 11:11 AM

 VanSwagger83, on 08 February 2019 - 09:16 AM, said:

 htownchaz, on 07 February 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

I would try and go to southern dunes for sure. Next shingle Creek and grand cypress. Reunion is nice if you can play Watson course. Any of the Disney courses or championsgate.
I heard very mixed reviews about Shingle Creek recently from a group that was down there, I wasn't sure what to expect.
What's the difference between the different Reunion Courses, I was looking at the website, and they all seemed nice.  Thanks for the input.

I played all 3 Reunion courses last March during a March Madness basketball/golf trip.  All 3 couses were very nice.  The Nicklaus course was my favorite.  Its a few minutes away from the resort and the clubhouse was an old trailer then but the course was immaculate.  The Palmer course was nice as was the Watson.  The Watson course has toooooooons of bunkers.  I was in a bunker on every hole. Rather it been a greenside/fairway/waste. The clubhouse for Palmer/Watson is connected to the beautiful resort.  Make sure to go to the top floor restraunt and grab a drink on the balcony overlooking the city.  We bumped into John Scherholtz (old ATL Braves GM) in the elevator on our way up. He was there for Spring Training.  He was a very nice gentleman. He even made a point to seek us out and asked how our stay was going.  As far as the weather is concerned, it's Florida, it'll be hot and muggy with rain in the afternoon!  I would also recommend Grand Cypress.  It was in great condition when I played there last September.

Edited by CHuntsman, 08 February 2019 - 11:16 AM.


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 11:21 AM

There are multiple threads in the Florida forum on Orlando courses.

For high-end resort "championship style" courses I'd consider Ritz, Waldorf, and Tranquilo (now private but you can get on after 1pm and other certain times if you check).

Very solid, well maintained resort courses: Southern Dunes, Championsgate Country Club, Orange County National, Reunion, Celebration, Grand Cypress.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 10:46 AM

 CHuntsman, on 08 February 2019 - 11:11 AM, said:

 VanSwagger83, on 08 February 2019 - 09:16 AM, said:

 htownchaz, on 07 February 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

I would try and go to southern dunes for sure. Next shingle Creek and grand cypress. Reunion is nice if you can play Watson course. Any of the Disney courses or championsgate.
I heard very mixed reviews about Shingle Creek recently from a group that was down there, I wasn't sure what to expect.
What's the difference between the different Reunion Courses, I was looking at the website, and they all seemed nice.  Thanks for the input.

I played all 3 Reunion courses last March during a March Madness basketball/golf trip.  All 3 couses were very nice.  The Nicklaus course was my favorite.  Its a few minutes away from the resort and the clubhouse was an old trailer then but the course was immaculate.  The Palmer course was nice as was the Watson.  The Watson course has toooooooons of bunkers.  I was in a bunker on every hole. Rather it been a greenside/fairway/waste. The clubhouse for Palmer/Watson is connected to the beautiful resort.  Make sure to go to the top floor restraunt and grab a drink on the balcony overlooking the city.  We bumped into John Scherholtz (old ATL Braves GM) in the elevator on our way up. He was there for Spring Training.  He was a very nice gentleman. He even made a point to seek us out and asked how our stay was going.  As far as the weather is concerned, it's Florida, it'll be hot and muggy with rain in the afternoon!  I would also recommend Grand Cypress.  It was in great condition when I played there last September.

lol.  Come on dude he's going in March.  Weather will be perfect.  Hot and muggy with afternoon rain is strictly a Summer thing down here.  June through Sept basically.  He can expect sun every day with temps probably in low 80's with not much humidity.  I played Watson Reunion in a tourney last year and was not very impressed.  Played Palm and Magnolia in December and they were okay but neither would be worth the price they are charging.  LBV is the choice if you are playing in Disney imo.  Tranquilo if you can get on is top top.  Grand Cypress is where you want to play though.  Especially the New Course.  Probably pricey and most likely busy but that entire place is pretty great.  North South may put you on suicide watch if your game is rusty but that New Course is pretty special.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:06 AM

 VanSwagger83, on 07 February 2019 - 06:15 PM, said:

Going to Orlando for a week at the end of March trying to figure out which courses to play.  We're planning about 3 rounds of golf and we're staying pretty close to Sea World from what Google Maps shows.  Any advice on what courses to play or avoid?  I've been searching online, but don't know anything about these courses.  We're not looking to spend a fortune, but I'd like to see if I could play at least 1 Championship style of course (Falcon's Fire?  Reunion Courses?)
Also correct me if I'm wrong, getting out on Bay Hill requires staying at that specific lodge, and very costly, right?
Edit: how hot should I expect it to be at the end of March?  I haven't been to Orlando/Florida in years and last times I was there it was the middle of winter.
Thanks

Go out to Orange County National - both 18s are good, but IMO Panther Lake is a little better. PGA and Champion's Tour qualifying have been held there.

It's probably a 30 minute drive from Sea World.
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Posted 19 February 2019 - 11:44 AM

 VanSwagger83, on 07 February 2019 - 06:15 PM, said:

Going to Orlando for a week at the end of March trying to figure out which courses to play.  We're planning about 3 rounds of golf and we're staying pretty close to Sea World from what Google Maps shows.  Any advice on what courses to play or avoid?  I've been searching online, but don't know anything about these courses.  We're not looking to spend a fortune, but I'd like to see if I could play at least 1 Championship style of course (Falcon's Fire?  Reunion Courses?)
Also correct me if I'm wrong, getting out on Bay Hill requires staying at that specific lodge, and very costly, right?
Edit: how hot should I expect it to be at the end of March?  I haven't been to Orlando/Florida in years and last times I was there it was the middle of winter.
Thanks
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Posted Yesterday, 02:30 PM

I am booking rounds for 8 of us in Orlando area in April.
So far I have both courses at Orange County National and I have Celebration booked.
I am considering Southern Dunes but I have never played it.
How does Southern Dunes compare to the courses above and to Waldorf, Hawks Landing, and Falcons Fire.
I have played all of those so I would love to know how Southern Dunes compares to them.

Thanks


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Posted Yesterday, 03:36 PM

 bobw2961, on 22 February 2019 - 02:30 PM, said:

I am booking rounds for 8 of us in Orlando area in April.
So far I have both courses at Orange County National and I have Celebration booked.
I am considering Southern Dunes but I have never played it.
How does Southern Dunes compare to the courses above and to Waldorf, Hawks Landing, and Falcons Fire.
I have played all of those so I would love to know how Southern Dunes compares to them.

Thanks

I prefer Southern Dunes to all of the ones you mentioned excpet perhaps Orange Count National's two courses. Here's a link to photo tours of all the courses you mentioned:  https://www.flickr.c...57631972135446/


Southern Dunes: https://www.flickr.c...57631966721322/

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Posted Yesterday, 06:02 PM

Bella Collina in Montverde is worth playing - not sure what they're getting out there for greens fees or if they've gone back to totally private.
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