Going to the Championsgate Golf Resort in Orlando is like being in three different places all at the same time. Its 36-hole golf vacation destination feels tad larger than it is, thanks to Greg Norman and his creations that are an ode to variety and uniqueness. The International Course, true to its name, brings to Florida the best features of the celebrated courses of Scotland and Northern Ireland, whilst adding a taste of Florida. The National Course, on the other hand, is a celebration of the best features of American golfing. Well, it is the national after all.
The National Course measures shorter in yardage than the International at a little more than 7,100 yards to the latter’s 7,300++. Unlike the links style of the International, this course has highlighted many of the area’s natural features. It sits on acres and acres and acres of woodlands, natural wetlands and lush fairways and greenways. And just as Floridan as it can get, the course has several stunning albeit challenging array of water hazards complimented by the presence of 80 sculpted bunkers. The most noticeable characteristic of this course is that it starts good and finishes at its best – with what is known to have some of America’s best stretch of finishing holes. It just gets better, longer. Who would want to end a golf vacation like this?
With courses as great as the International and the National Course, the Championsgate Golf Resort is unsurprisingly listed among Orlando’s, Florida’s and America’s best. Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek and Zagat Golf Guide will agree and prove. There would be nowhere else one would want to be for their most epic golf trips.