With over 50 million annual visitors, Orlando, Florida, aptly nicknamed "The City Beautiful," is the nation's top vacation destination. While many visit to enjoy Orlando's world famous theme parks, the area has much more to offer. Its' fame as the number one family destination in the world is well deserved but this gigantic playground has quickly become equally famous as a world-class golf destination, offering over 100 championship golf courses designed by the game's greatest golf course designers. Coupled with a vast array of shopping options, endless live entertainment and live performances, exquisite fine dining, and a vibrant club and bar scene, it is easy to see why Orlando is the nation's top vacation spot. And with such a diverse range of entertainment and recreational opportunities, Orlando is the perfect destination for your regular Saturday morning golf group.
The south side of Orlando, affectionately known to locals as "the tourist corridor," includes International Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee and the surrounding areas. With a variety ranging from five-star "resort" style courses to golf courses played on the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tours, some of the best golf destinations in the country can be found here. The area boasts over 70 championship courses!
The majority of the Central Florida's theme parks are also located on the south side of Orlando and the surrounding area. Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® are minutes away as are water parks, dinner show attractions, animal parks, alligator farms, world-class shopping (outlet malls, shopping malls, and boutiques), exciting nightlife, the finest dining... the list is endless!
"Stay and Play" resorts in the area, including Grand Cypress Golf Club, Shingle Creek Golf Club, Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Reunion Resort, Grande Lakes Resort, Orange Lake Resort, and the Orlando World Center Marriot Resort, all offer world-class accommodations and world-renown golf experiences at their respective locations.
For golf packages offering multiple golf destinations in South Orlando, the Embassy Suites Jamaican Court, Floridays Orlando Resort, the Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa, Marriott Village, and Vista Cay Resort offer first-class accommodations within minutes of the heart of the corridor.
Additionally, Celebration Golf Club, Eagle Creek Golf Club, Grande Pines Golf Club, Harmony Golf Preserve, Mystic Dunes Golf Club, and Orange County National all offer expertly manicured, championship golf courses with full service clubhouses and pro shops making them all perfect choices for a day away from the theme parks -- but not too far away!
In contrast, head north of downtown and you find that the landscape changes dramatically. Rolling hills and tremendous stands of pines and oaks give golfers at championship golf at courses like Timacuan, Victoria Hills, DeBary Plantation, and Venetian Bay the feeling of playing in the Carolinas. The Embassy Suites Orlando North and Orlando Marriott Lake Mary offer quick access to all of the great golf courses in the area.
In place of the over-the-top excitement that the "tourist corridor" offers, the north side of Orlando is quaint and folksy. In addition to the exceptional golf found in the area, manatee snorkel tours, kayaking and canoeing trips, horseback riding, antiquing, sky diving excursions, and riverboat tours are all excellent opportunities to experience the culture of the area.
For golf groups and vacationers looking to make this area their next vacation destination, we offer a wide variety of packages to these and many other fabulous courses and resorts in the area. Please click on the "Packages" link above.