Nothing could ever be more grand than the Grande Lakes Course at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando. Well, this is the Sunshine State after all. Golf comes rather easily, hands down. Not to mention, it’s the Ritz-Carlton. That is the name that easily gets associated with fun, memorable, exclusive, wonderful vacations. And, this is a Greg Norman signature course. Greg Norman is Greg Norman, and excellence is almost synonymous. It almost comes naturally. It does not come as surprising that golf vacations here are so effortlessly excellent and memorable.
The Grande Lakes Course is a lengthy 7, 122 yards from the longest tees, par 72. The thing that makes it stand out is that Greg Norman has made optimum use of these natural characteristics and terrain to create a very challenging spectacle. It is located at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and the banks of the Shingles Pond, and these are the assortment of things that every golfer needs to brave in trying to conquer this golf vacation destination and bears the typical features of a Florida course – water, palms, palmettos, pine trees, old live oaks, the works.
But despite the generic Floridan features, there is no room to believing that this is ‘just like any other Florida course’. Greg Norman’s value for excellence simply could not allow that, thus he made this course to bear an attitude. And that is unabashedly revealed in the signature bunkers strewn on pretty much the entire course. All that paired with all the natural wonders of Orlando scenery and the service brand of a Ritz-Carlton, there is not a reason to believe every golf trip at the Grande Lakes Course will be exactly that – grand.