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#1 clebrowns85

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

Hi guys,

I am taking a trip to Orlando and I want some opinions on courses to play in the area. I really don't want to pay more than$100 for a tee time but reviews are making the Disney Courses seem like they are worth it. Any suggestions?


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:17 AM

I've played all the Disney courses, and honestly they're not worth the full price. If you can get out for around $50-$60, then they're not bad. But you're better served going to Orange County National, just north of the Disney property, for a much better value. If you pay the full $100+ the Disney courses charge, I promise you're going to leave wondering what exactly you paid for.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:50 AM

I've been looking around and I think the cheapest I can get out on a Disney course for is $75. I'm hearing that's its not really worth it. Has anyone played Grand Cypress?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:47 AM

View Postclebrowns85, on 27 December 2012 - 12:50 AM, said:

I've been looking around and I think the cheapest I can get out on a Disney course for is $75. I'm hearing that's its not really worth it. Has anyone played Grand Cypress?

What a course "is worth" differs from person to person. For this northerner, $75 for a round of golf at a nice resort course during peak season  (e.g. winter in Florida) is a fair deal and "worth it". I'd play any of the Disney courses again in winter for $75. However, you can sometimes get a Disney tee time even less than $75 if you are willing to tee off in the afternoon and make the tee time on the day of play or close to it by booking on Golf Now or one of the other on-line tee time services. Last week Tee Times USA had a deal on Disney and Ritz Carlton- two rounds for $130.

For me, the bottom line on Orlando golf is that there are a couple dozen courses that are fairly comparable to one another, so deciding where to play primarily comes down to convenience of location and green fee (and for me, experiencing courses that I haven't played before.) If you want a bargain, Falcon's Fire (not one of my favorites, but a decent example of Orlando golf) has some very low on line green fees. If you are willing to drive 30 minutes there are a lot of good deals north of town, such as Deltona, Mission Inn, Victoria Hills and Timacuan. You just need to do your homework.

http://www.flickr.co...57631972135446/ - Photo tours of Orlando courses

http://golfcourses.w...orlando-fl.html - Favorite Orlando courses

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:07 AM

Thanks for the input. I think I might try to "splurge" at one of the resort courses and then try to find some nice low key courses for the rest of the trip


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

I thought Disney Magnolia, Palm, and Oprey courses were every bit as good as Grand Cypress and Orange County National.  I just don't understand the hate for Disney.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Play til you fall down at Orange Co. Natl.

"Splurge" at Grand Cypress N/S, or New course.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

Any body have an opinion on Championsgate International/National?

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

Disney Osprey, Grand Cypress has 3 nine hole "Florida" style layouts, and the New a tribute to the Old Course, all by Jack Nicklaus, and all excellent, Id still favor Osprey over them though if I had to choose, but none of the other Disney courses. Orange County National has 46 holes, and with off peak rates you will be under $75

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

We had a bad experience at Orange County National so I discourage folks from going there.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

View Postclebrowns85, on 27 December 2012 - 04:55 PM, said:

Any body have an opinion on Championsgate International/National?

I thought International was very mediocre compared to Disney, Grand Cypress, and OCN.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

That's surprising to me. I believe that's where they play the Greg Norman Father/Son tournament that happened a few weeks ago

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

They used to play CG, but switched to the Ritz Carlton this year.

I've only played the Natl. course at CG and it was OK. Nothing special. A bit tricked up, as in blind par 3's (all you see is marsh and the pin), monster par 5's and really short, dangerous par 4's.

Friends have played the Intl. and said "off the fairway and it's gone", but these friends are ALWAYS off the fairway!

The one thing that impressed me was how many people were there to "help" you. A lot of palms to grease.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

I played Grand Cypress two weeks ago for like $74 dollars...just get a last minute tee time on golfnow.com unless your schedule doesn't allow the flexibility.  I've done that the last two times down to Orlando.  I wouldn't pay $130 to play there, but definitely $75.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

Southern Dunes is fantastic!  Best/fastest greens we played on our trip in Oct.  We paid $50 for the first 18 and then only $21 replay.  I didn't love the Disney courses.  I enjoyed Waldorf Astoria, Grand Cypress, and the Ritz.  When we were there, the conditions of Reunion weren't great.  Shingle Creek is pretty good too in terms of great greens (usually) but pace of play can be a problem.  Wasn't impressed with the green speeds at OCN despite having new greens on both courses.  They rolled true but were not fast by any means.


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:34 PM

Best 5 courses in Orlando and surrounding areas are:

Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes
Grand Cypress - New Course
Mission Inn - El Campeon
Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
Southern Dunes/Bella Collina

They have by far the most character to them.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:29 PM

Drive an hour SW and play Streamsong.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

Just played OCN panther lake today.It was in in great shape.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Vote for Streamsong. Buddy works there and sends me pictures. RIDICULOUS.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:28 AM

Really no love for the Reunion courses, I have not played alot in Orlando but I do remember it was nice and when I went it was $100 a day for all you could play.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

I took a vacation to Orlando this past spring and played Magnolia and the International Course at CG... Magnolia was a good course and I got it at 10:00 on a Friday for $55 so it was well worth it but my take on the course is that it's nothing special.  The wife and I played CG the next day and enjoyed it a lot more... way less crowded (had the course pretty much to ourselves on a SAT v. waiting on every hole at Disney) and the layout was a lot of fun.  With that said, it was a very challenging course, especially from the tips on a windy day and the green had recently been punched so they were a bit too slow for my liking.  I've heard great things about the Waldorf course as well as Grand Cypress and my next stop in Orlando will be OCN if that helps any.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

Couple of items:
1) Streamsong is very good but expensive.  185 to walk, 210 with cart.  $12 hotdogs, etc.  No discount for afternoon.
2) Osprey Ridge is very good at Disney,  but Magnolia and Palm really aren't that unique or special in my opinion.  Way over priced compared to other courses in the area.  Bella Collina,  Southern Dunes, Waldorf Astoria, Grande Pines, Falcons Fire, Eagle Creek are all better and priced way less unless one gets special pricing at Disney.  PLus generally the pace of play at Disney is slow - remember it's a resort when families come out or father who hasn't played in 4 months comes to play.  Orange County is primarily for golfers, not tourists but tougher course.  New ownership at OCN so things are in a process of changing.

I've had a Disney local card but found the pace of play to be appaling and it just wasn't worth the time to slog thru the rounds there.  Grand Cypress New is different and fun.  Not terribly difficult if you can avoid the bunkers but interesting.  Lots of similarities to Scottish St. Andrews and other scottish links, considering it's in the middle of Florida.  North/south/East are typical Florida courses, lots of water with elevated greens, very well kept.

There are a number of decent courses also a bit out of town towards Clermont.

Personally I'm spoiled because world woods is very close to where I live and I can play it a lot besides the Orlando courses.




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