Big could not even begin to describe the Bella Collina Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. Neither could it fully encompass every aspect of it. This golf vacation destination is big on size yes, but that would be forgetting all the merits of its layout, scenery, and the totality of the incredible job that designer Nick Faldo did here. That would be unjust and unacceptable. Now all that needs to be done is to figure out where to begin describing this one of a kind creation.
The Bella Collina, to begin with, is yes, big. Massive. From the longest tees, it is more than 7,500 yards, par 72. And only to match its length, golfers are given six sets of tees to play from thereby accommodating pretty much most every golfer, handicap regardless. This layout sits on a rolling hill, a highland design that is nowhere near anything found in the Central Florida area – all 1900 acres of it. As golfers go through this course, they are taken in and around sweeping hillsides, thick forests and a former limestone quarry that adds a different flavor to the scenery. But what brings the ‘extra’ in extra special for golf trips here go beyond the 18-holes of the course.
Golfers will play in this course surrounded with views of orange groves and overlooking views of vineyards. If that is not visually stimulating enough, the sight of the two lakes, Apopka and Siena, will cover that. The Bella Collina is truly way beyond everything that anyone expects to see hereabouts. And golf vacations are exactly the same. Now, that makes ‘happy’ an insufficient adjective.