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Florida Guide > Golf

Golf in Florida

It is never difficult to find a reason to choose Florida for a vacation. For families, the Disney theme parks (and Universal, SeaWorld and the others) are popular choices for days out in Florida.

And, of course, the shopping!

But there are many more reasons why Central Florida has to be the world's number one vacation destination. Here are a few suggestions for golfers, who will find some great courses to test their skills.

Where To Play
There is a huge number of courses - with new ones being planned to add to the variety. Some of these are for members only, but that still leaves many courses open for public use.

Where To Stay
It is probably true to say that whichever vacation home you choose, you will be close to a golf course. Check with the owner of your home to see where the nearest course is.

Walt Disney World
Disney has 5 championship courses, including Magnolia, which is the home to the final stages of the PGA Funai Classic (correct as at April 2006). In addition to the 5 full courses, a sixth option is the 9 hole course at Oak Trail.

Celebration
If 5 courses at Disney is not sufficient, just alongside Walt Disney World is the course at Celebration, designed by the father and son team of Robert Trent Jones senior and junior. Fabulous surroundings, just minutes from the major attractions.

Mystic Dunes
Barely a mistimed hook away from Disney is Mystic Dunes, adjacent to the popular vacation homes at Indian Ridge and Indian Ridge Oaks. Created by Gary Koch and rated 4 star by Golf Digest, this course claims to 'create alternate feelings of elation to frustration, calm and turmoil, and joy with the occasional bouts of fear'. For those of us who see the par 71 as the impossible dream, the feelings of elation may be limited, but not the enjoyment.

Champions Gate
Champions Gate (created by Greg Norman) boasts 36 holes - and a location convenient for all the other attractions, so its easy for part of the family to spend a day in the attractions whilst the golfer enjoys a relaxing day's golf (but don't miss out completely on the fabulous theme parks)

Miniature Golf
As an alternative, and to involve the whole family, there are many miniature golf courses with incredible theming - popular courses can be found alongside the 192 highway, International Drive and the I-4 Interstate. Whilst slightly less challenging than the full size courses, they are an opportunity for the youngsters to take on (and perhaps beat) the adults!

Recommendation
Whatever your standard, there will be a golf course suitable for you. Why not take your clubs on vacation - or perhaps hire a set?

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