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Orlando golf vacations: Plenty of great stay-and-play options

William K. WolfrumBy William K. Wolfrum,
The Legacy Course - Reunion Resort
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Arnold Palmer's Legacy is just one of the great golf courses you'll enjoy by staying at Reunion Resort. (Tim McDonald/GolfPublisher.com)

You know all about Orlando. With lush golf courses, world-class amusement parks and all the luxuries you could want, it's a perfect place to take the family on a golf vacation.

But where to stay in this Florida wonderland? You're in America, and Americans like things bigger, shinier and more action-packed - so why not look to the big names like Walt Disney World? You'll be smack-dab in the center of the action, and in line for surprising deals on golf and accommodation.

In Orlando tourism, the brand names not only assure top-quality stays, they set you up for the best golf this top destination has to offer.

Places to golf and stay in Orlando

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is the world's largest Marriott, with more than 2,000 rooms of epic splendor. Staying here puts you on the doorstep of many of Orlando's main attractions, including SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Orlando, Discovery Cove and Wet 'N Wild.

For kids, the Orlando Marriott offers a full million gallons of possibilities, with six pools and a 106-foot water slide. There's also an expansive game room to meet their non-aquatic needs.

Golfers in the family can head to Hawk's Landing Golf Club, where they can hone their game at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy or take a break at the 10,000-square-foot full-service spa. As an added plus, kids under 17 golf for free.

With signature designs by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, the Ginn Reunion Golf Resort is a perfect home base for the avid golfer.

You can shave strokes off your score at Reunion's Legacy, Tradition and Independence courses with tips from Henri Reis, Annika Sorenstam's personal swing coach, at the resort's Annika Academy.

Finding a package to enhance your stay at Reunion couldn't be easier. At GolfZoo.com you can get a three-night stay with golf at all three stellar courses for $169.95 a night.

Of course, no review of Orlando travel would be complete without a mention of Walt Disney World Resort. Kids will be in seventh heaven ensconced in all things Disney, and the resort has multiple lodging options to fit any travel budget.

The four theme parks are the star attraction for most visitors, but Disney's golf will definitely make you feel like you've entered the Magic Kingdom. There isn't a bad choice among the Palm, Magnolia, Osprey Ridge, Eagle Pines, and Lake Buena Vista and Oak Trail courses.

There are plenty more options for travelers hoping to get their golf on in Orlando, including the PGA National Resort & Spa, the Wyndham Orlando Resort and multiple national-chain resorts and hotels. The beds are made, the tees ready, luxury awaits - all that's missing is you.

William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.

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    Kelly Goode wrote on: May 17, 2007

    Golf packages are awesome, but if you would like to save money on a complete vacation AND golf, you can definitely do that too. There are plenty of economical hotels, discounted car rentals, and discounted theme park tickets to be had at this time in Orlando. Take it from me - The Most Miserly Mom. My book may help you save money "A Mom's Miserly Guide: Disney, Universal, & Orlando on $25 Day!