What are the best golf courses near Disney World in Orlando? This is a question golfers traveling to Orlando are frequently asking. With a plethora of golf courses in Orlando to choose from, the task of choosing a course can be daunting.
Now managed by Palmer Golf, Walt Disney World Resort features 3 championship Disney golf courses to choose. Home to a PGA Tour event, the Disney Palm and Disney Magnolia golf courses were designed by Joe Lee, whom also designed Disney Lake Buena Vista golf course. The former Disney Osprey Ridge is being redeveloped into a Four Seasons golf courses.
Within a short drive of Disney World, there are several Orlando public golf courses that golfers will enjoy. Here is a short list of recommended golf courses near Disney. For a complete list of public courses, visit our Orlando golf courses guide.
Orange County National - Panther Lake - Located a few miles north of Disney World is the renowned Orange County National Golf Club. With 36 holes of championship golf, the Panther Lake course is the "must play" course, if you only have time for 18 holes.
Shingle Creek Golf Club - Located 15 minutes from Disney World is the highly regarded Shingle Creek Golf Club. Featuring tournament playing conditions daily and exceptional guest service, including complimentary valet parking, Shingle Creek Golf Club is a "must play" for anyone playing golf in Orlando. Shingle Creek earned the top ranking in 2013 for Best Golf Courses in Orlando.
Grand Cypress Golf Club - With 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus designed championship golf, Grand Cypress consistently one of the Top 10 Orlando golf courses. The 27-hole North/South/East Course provides the ultimate test of accuracy while the 18-hole New Course provides a Scottish links masterpiece. Grand Cypress Golf Club continues to be one of the better Orlando golf courses since opening in 1984.
Falcon's Fire Golf Club - Just down the road from Celebration, and a mere 3 miles from the main gate at Disney, is the Rees Jones designed Falcon's Fire Golf Club. Recently renovated, Falcon's Fire's conditioning and layout have been revitalized. As part of the golf course renovation project, all greens were resurfaced with TifEagle grass. TifEagleh provides golfers with faster, smoother putting conditions. Additional modifications to the course included the enlarging of bunkers, reshaping of fairways, and the creation of new run-off areas around greens
Waldorf Astoria Golf Club - The newest addition to the Orlando golf course community is the highly regarded Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Designed by Rees Jones, the course is located at the exquisite Bonnet Creek Resort in the heart of Disney.