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There are an estimated 150 golf courses in the Orlando area. If this were the case anywhere outside the shadow of Mickey Mouse, a golf destination like this would be considered world class. Orlando may not be quite there yet but golf is gaining on Disney World. Since the late 1990s some 20 new golf courses have been built here, more than almost any metropolitan area in the world.
Among the top spots Berner and McDonald discuss are the Reunion Resort & Club, Isleworth Country Club, Orange County National, Grande Lakes Orlando, and the courses at the Grand Cypress. (Tim reports that reknown Bay Hill could very well deserve a rep as overrated.)
Some outstanding golf experiences lie just a bit outside Orlando proper, Tim says. He recommends the Mission Inn Golf Resort in Howey in the Hills, about a 30-minute drive NW of Orlando. There are two courses there (including the stellar El Campeon track ) and a marina that rents boats for fishing or cruising.
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