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I'm visiting Orlando with my family next week, and I will have a few open times to get out and play by myself or with my son. I have checked recent threads and saw some great recommendations, but wanted to see if there were more options. 

 

I am willing to drive a bit to get to a great course. Last time I was in Orlando I drove to Streamsong to play 36 holes. But I would prefer a shorter drive haha

 

I love courses that aren't built into neighborhoods. But if it's a great course I don't really notice anyway. 

 

Any ideas? 

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The Habitat below Melbourne on space coast...no homes, just Florida jungle and a small airport next door. Quiet. My guess, the airport and golf course are same owner. Great rental sets.

We watched a rocket launch from nearby canaveral while playing. Eat at Hemminway's Tavern just up the road in Melbourne.

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If you are looking for the best golf courses to play, I'd suggest Southern Dunes and Grand Cypress Links (f/k/a the New Course). Southern Dunes does have housing, but it's so good, it would still be my first choice. 

 

The National and International at Championsgate don't have housing and are good choices. The International is my preference. It's more open and "limksy". The National is a more typical Florida course. Don't play Championsgate Country Club if you don't like housing. It's a really good course, but the thousands of homes are what you view and drive through on many holes.

 

The three Disney courses are solid and don't have much housing.

 

Click on a photo below to view photo tours of the courses mentioned.

 

Southern Dunes Golf Course (FL) 2021

Southern Dunes

 

 

Grand Cypress - Links Course (f/k/a the New Course)

Grand Cypress Links

 

Championsgate - International Course 2021

Championsgate International

 

Championsgate National Course

Championsgate National

 

 

Palm Golf Course at Walt Disney World

Disney - Palm

 

 

Magnolia Golf Course Walt Disney World

Disney Magnolia

 

Lake Buena Vista Golf Course Walt Disney World

Disney Lake Buena Vista

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Thank you all for the advice! 

 

I'll be near the Disney courses, so I might try and sneak out to play there some night. Or even try and find a range/practice facility near our rental.

 

I'm torn between Southern Dunes and Grand Cypress Links! I just got back from a trip to Prairie Club, playing the Dunes and Pines courses. But Florida links style seems pretty different from Western Nebraska links style golf. 

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PXG 0311X Gen 4 - Ventus HB 10TX

PXG 0311P Gen 3- 4 iron - HZRDUS Red 105 X
PXG 0311P Gen 3 - 5 to PW - Nippon 125 X
Vokey SM9 Raw - 50F

Vokey SM9 Raw - 54S

Vokey Raw - 60K Low Bounce

Scotty Cameron X5R Flow Neck Torched Finish

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On 6/2/2023 at 11:43 AM, cvvorst said:

Thank you all for the advice! 

 

I'll be near the Disney courses, so I might try and sneak out to play there some night. Or even try and find a range/practice facility near our rental.

 

I'm torn between Southern Dunes and Grand Cypress Links! I just got back from a trip to Prairie Club, playing the Dunes and Pines courses. But Florida links style seems pretty different from Western Nebraska links style golf. 

Better call ahead. Everyone is aerating right now.

 

Champions gate

Disney (magnolia may still only be 14 holes)

Grand cypress

Hawk's landing

Orange county national (crooked cat greens should be fully recovered from aeration).

 

If you want a gem that is in great shape then try royal st cloud. But again, call and find out if they aerated...

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