Which golf courses can Golf Academy of America students play in Orlando?
Sep 14, 2015
A great deal of learning goes on every day at Golf Academy of America's campuses across the United States. So does a lot of golf. The chance to experience a wide range of challenging courses is a tuition perk for Golf Academy of America students. As part of their education, students at the Orlando campus have access to tee times at a variety of exceptional local facilities:
Eagle Creek Golf Club – Located just southeast of Orlando International Airport, Eagle Creek is a Ron Garl/Howard Swan design that aims to transport the open, natural flair of the great links of Great Britain and Ireland to Florida. With more than 90 bunkers that are reminiscent of those found across the Atlantic, Eagle Creek has earned 4 ½ out of 5 stars on Golf Digest's "Places to Play" list.
Timacuan Golf Club – Located just off I-4 in Lake Mary, Timacuan Golf Club has the distinction of being one of the Orlando area's most competed-upon golf courses, hosting many mini-tour events and USGA qualifiers each year. The course recently underwent a renovation that saw its putting green surfaces replaced with the MiniVerde Bermuda hybrid. Open since 1987, Timacuan was designed by Ron Garl and Bobby Weed.
Red Tail Golf Club – Set on 480 acres, the Dave Harman-designed Red Tail Golf Club is the centerpiece of a vibrant community in the Orlando suburb of Sorrento. For those working on their game, Red Tail features a 10-acre practice facility with multiple target greens, as well as a short game practice area.
Heathrow Country Club – Heathrow Country Club, which boasts its own Ron Garl-designed course, recently merged with the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes and its Tom Fazio layout to offer members of both facilities a difficult choice between two well regarded courses in Orlando's northern suburbs.
Eagle Dunes Golf Club – Those who dismiss Florida golf courses as uniformly flat will be pleasantly surprised by the rolling terrain at Eagle Dunes, a Mike Dasher design that opened in 2003. Located in Sorrento, the course has four sets of tee yardages that allow the course to play anywhere from 5,100 to more than 7,000 yards.
West Orange Country Club – Though private, this club, whose Lloyd Clifton-designed course has been open since 1967, hosts rounds by Golf Academy of America students each semester. Located in the pleasant suburb of Winter Garden, West Orange is one of the storied traditional clubs of Orange County.
International Golf Club at Deer Island – This course, formerly known as Deer Island Golf & Lake Club, is an intriguing design by the prolific and renowned Joe Lee, who helped lay out Doral's famous Blue Monster course among many others throughout the Sunshine State. True to its name, the course sits on an island wedged between Lakes Dora and Beauclair, just minutes northwest of Orlando in the town of Tavares. Water comes into play on more than half of the course.
Rio Pinar Country Club – Those desiring to experience a classic Florida design oozing with history need look no further than Rio Pinar, located on Orlando's east side. The course, which dates back to 1957, hosted the PGA Tour's Citrus Open and the LPGA Tour's Women's Citrus Open from 1966 to 1982. The tree-lined layout is unencumbered by the housing units that plague many Florida courses — it is a pure golf experience.
The Golden Bear Club – Jack Nicklaus, 18 times a major champion, lent his indelible nickname to this Signature design in the Orlando suburb of Windermere. Shot-making aficionados adore this course, whose five sets of tees range between 5,100 and nearly 7,200 yards, with three par 3s that measure more than 200 yards lending plenty of teeth to the course.
North Shore– Mere minutes from Orlando International Airport, the Mike Dasher-designed North Shore Golf Club has delighted locals and visitors alike since its 2001 opening. Those looking to improve their games will find North Shore a wonderful facility; it is home to a Nicklaus Academy led by well-regarded instructor Ted Bristchgi.
Victoria Hills Golf Club – Located in the town of DeLand, Victoria Hills lies some 30 minutes from Golf Academy of America's Orlando campus. But it is well worth the drive; the Ron Garl design is rated among the best public courses in all of Florida by the likes of Golf Digest.
Black Bear Golf Club – Golfers who enjoy the likes of TPC Sawgrass, PGA WEST's Stadium Course and Kiawah Island's Ocean Course will love Black Bear, designed by Pete Dye's capable son P.B. The course is particularly beloved by competitive players; it has hosted numerous tournaments, including those on the Canadian and Hooters Tour circuits. But with five sets of tees, golfers of all skill levels and ages will find an enjoyable round here.
Reunion Resort & Club – There are few places that boast even two golf courses designed by legends of the game. Reunion has three: by Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson. As if that isn't enough star power, Reunion is also home to the Annika Academy, developed and overseen by LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam.
MetroWest Golf Course – In a time when many golf courses are simply too difficult for most golfers, MetroWest has undergone extensive renovations geared toward making its 18 holes maximally playable for the widest possible range of players. The result is a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design lauded as "Orlando's Best Golf Experience."
Golf Academy of America offers students access to tee times at the nation's best courses — right in their own backyard. Students at the Orlando campus have the opportunity to take advantage of world-class courses that people travel from all over the world to experience, and the sophisticated designs of the grounds will surely take any student's golf game to the next level.