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Golf Academy of America's top 5 most difficult par 3s in Orlando

Aug 3, 2015

Orlando: the famous vacation destination for those seeking warm weather, fun attractions and an all-around great time. Orlando is an awesome place to visit. But if you're considering going to golf college, add the Orlando location of Golf Academy of America to the top of your list. Not only is it in a sunny location, but the Orlando campus is surrounded by a large number of renowned, award-winning golf courses that students can enjoy playing year-round.

Among these courses are some awesome par 3s that are revered and feared due to their difficulty. We recently polled our students at our Orlando campus to find out which par 3s in Orlando were the most difficult. Here are their top 5:

Disney's Magnolia Golf Course

1. #6 at Disney's Magnolia Golf Course
People immediately associate Orlando with Walt Disney World, so it is no surprise that Disney offers amazing golf courses. One of the most famous holes in Orlando is Magnolia Golf Course's signature par 3 that is 231 yards long and includes a bunker in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. But, don't let the fact that the bunker is shaped like a mouse fool you. This is one challenging hole. Not only is it long, but if you aim for the tee shot and land in one of those big ears, getting up and down for par is not an easy feat.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

2. #11 at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club Coming in second on our list is #11 at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. This hole steps off at a whopping 238 yards, making it one of the longest par 3s in Orlando. While the length may be intimidating, it's the green complex that makes this hole so difficult. The green is elevated and is almost completely surrounded by one continuous sand trap. Miss the green in any direction and your ball will roll off into the trap, leaving you with a very difficult bunker shot to an elevated pin.

Grand Cypress Golf Resort

3. #5 at Grand Cypress Golf Resort's East Course The Grand Cypress Resort golf course is comprised of three different nine-hole courses that were designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. While each of these nines has its own challenges, the East Course offers the toughest par 3: hole #5. This par 3 incorporates an island green, making this 153-yard hole beautiful to look at yet dangerous to play. Much like #17 at Sawgrass, this hole is simply intimidating off the tee. While not all that long, the lack of a bailout area and the thought of knocking it into the water can cause golfers to tighten up and make a bad swing. You will either walk off the tee slapping high fives or head straight to the drop area.

Bay Hill Club & Lodge

4. #2 at Bay Hill Club & LodgeAny golf course designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer is expected to be challenging. Bay Hill Club is no exception. As host to the PGA Tour's Bay Hill Championship, the par 3s here are designed to challenge today's long-hitting tour player. At 230 yards, this hole poses a threat to not only the short hitters, but also to those that spray it around. Golfers must overcome a downhill slope from the tee to the hole. But that's not the worst part; if your shot falls short you can find a devilish pot bunker that seems to eat golf balls for lunch.

Shingle Creek Golf Club

Our last featured par 3 is at Orlando's Shingle Creek Golf Club. This breathtaking course features natural beauty such as a creek flowing from the Florida Everglades, tropical plants, and trees such as oaks and pines. With the natural water source at hand, the fifth at Shingle Creek is lined down the left side with water and the front of the green is guarded by an enormous sand trap leaving very few bailout options. Even if you hit the large green, you are looking at a very difficult putt for birdie.

The students attending Golf Academy of America in Orlando have the advantage of being able to play these great courses due to their proximity to campus and the fact that these courses are open to the public. The best part about these par 3s is that at Golf Academy, our students not only get the opportunity to play them, they also get to play them better over the time they attend school because of the quality of instruction they receive and the practice opportunities afforded to them.

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