Added: Nov 14, 2011
They say that only mad dogs and Englishmen go
out in the midday sun. Thatâ€™s probably why golf courses around Florida
offer such attractive rates during their low season (the hot summer
months) to tempt the mad dogs and Englishmen to play.
the peak season is the winter for these courses but when in Florida last
July/August our neighbours told us about a great deal, which was not only
a great afternoon out, and a great course but was a great way to spend
time with my 9 year old son and yes we are clearly both mad and
At Orange National Golf Course a junior plays for
free, and the adult pays $35 which includes a buggy, an ice box with
towels and two bottles of water each, amazing value. They also send round
a buggy with extra refreshments if you run dry and these are reasonably
The courses are quite long, or at least feel that way and
I certainly wouldnâ€™t recommend walking it. You can chose to play one of
two 18 hole courses. There is also have a separate 3rd course called the
Tooth Course which they call the short course, we didnâ€™t play that one.
We played the Panther Lake and the Crooked Cat courses on separate days.
The courses were both immaculate and the greens in excellent
The Panther Lake Course offers some of the best
examples of natural beauty that golf courses in the Orlando area have to
offer. One of the highlights is that there is no development on or around
the course â€“ a Florida golf course with no homes!
The variety in
design is evident in the way no two holes play alike. There are no boring
holes and each is as distinct and memorable as the last.
tee, you will face gently sloping fairways guarded by strategically placed
fairway bunkers, trees and water hazards that frame the holes and provide
a clear line of play. From the fairway, you will hit many approaches into
well-guarded elevated greens, which are large and have plenty of contours,
so two-putting isnâ€™t automatic.
Par 72 â€“ 6849 yards from the
The Crooked Cat Course features significant
elevation changes, rolling fairways and large, contoured greens. But with
fewer trees, wider landing areas, native heather Crooked Cat presents
golfers more of a links-style look and feel.
There is certainly
more room for error on this course and multiple options for playing a
hole, both off the tee and into the greens but beware a wayward shot can
end up in one of many seemingly randomly placed grass bunkers.
72, 6927 yards from the championship tees
If you fancy a practice
before you tee off, the Orange County National has a circular 42 acre
driving range, 2 putting greens and a chipping green too.
Orange County National has hosted the PGA Tour Q-Schools Finals and was
voted 4 and a half stars in Golf Digest top places to play. They have many
other accolades from Golfing magazines and newspapers.
them you can go online to their website www. ocngolf. com or call them on 888 727
3672 and reserve your tee time. It is worth noting that
whilst the winters are their peak season they still remain reasonably
priced for the area during that peak, their prices are on their website.
We had no problem at all reserving a tee off time at a time that
we wanted. We chose to go in the early afternoon when it had just started
cooling off. It was very easy to locate the course which is close to
Winter Garden and no longer than 15 minutes from the 192 near Summer Bay.
We found all the staff extremely helpful and friendly and if you
wish to hire clubs, they have some good, named and what appeared to be
well maintained clubs on offer, though we took our own and additional
charges are payable for the rental.
Iâ€™m sure there are many
great courses in Florida but in terms of value for money I donâ€™t think
there are many that can offer such a great deal. I have to say we had a
great time, went twice and would definitely visit again. Sure itâ€™s warm
and sticky in the humidity, but boy does it make you want to visit that