If you and your family are spending a week or more at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, you just might not want to spend every day fighting the crowds at one of the resort’s theme parks. While many of the Orlando area resort hotels have great amenities including on-site resort pools (and even waterparks) as well as world-class spas, one of the best ways to enjoy a day of your vacation is spend a some time on one of the many outstanding central Florida golf courses.
Florida is known for its golf courses and some of the best PGA tournaments take place at some of fantastic courses throughout the state. Disney itself has not forgotten the golfers and features four (4) great courses right on site within the confines of the Walt Disney World Resort. And outside of Disney, there are dozens of amazing courses just a short distance away.
Many of the best golf courses in the Orlando / central Florida area are part of extensive luxury resort properties which not only offer amazing golf, but an extensive array of amenities, entertainment, recreational activities and dining options. Therefore while the adults are out on the golf course, the kids can be at the pool or with one of the many supervised activities offered by these spectacular resorts.
In this article you will find what we feel are some of the best golf course resort hotels that area near the Walt Disney World Resort. If you thinking about staying at any of these properties, please use our links when making the reservations. Endless Summer is an affiliate several hotel companies and receives a small commission for each stay that was referred by our website. This allows us to continue to continue making great content for our audience.
The Four Seasons Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort
The Five-Diamond Four Seasons Orlando is quite unique as it is one of the few non-Disney owned hotels located within the Walt Disney World Resort itself. First opened in 2014, this amazing 16-story, 443-room resort is located on 26.5 acres within the Golden Oak residential development which is just minutes from the Magic Kingdom park.
Amenities are extensive and include a five-acre water park with a lazy river pool, splash zone and waterslides, an active kids club, state-of-the-art fitness center, basketball and sand volleyball courts, tennis courts and an on-site full service spa. There are six individual food and beverage options offered at this resort.
The Four Seasons features the Tranquilo Golf Course which is a Tom Fazio designed 18-hole par-71 course. The 6,901 yard course has a slope rating of 127, includes four sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels, and includes a 16-acre practice facility that offers a number of target greens, an 18-hole putting course and a six-hole par-3 short course. This course is only available to current members and Four Seasons resort guests and was rated the best course in Orlando by Golf Advisor. Tranquilo is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf by the National Audubon Society and prices were indicated to range from around $50 to more than $220 per round.
Hotel rates at the Four Seasons Orlando vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $1,000.00 per night for a standard room to more than $5,000.00 per night for one of the larger suites.
The Orlando World Center by Marriott
The massive 2,008-room Orlando World Center Hotel by Marriott is located just outside of the Walt Disney World Resort and it is one of the premier conference center resort hotels in all of central Florida.
Amenities at this 200-acre property are extensive and include large lagoon pool with a water slides and a splash area, a separate indoor pool, an active kids club, with supervised activities, an extensive fitness center, tennis courts and a full service spa. There are nine individual food and beverage options offered on-site at the resort.
The Orlando World Center is home to Hawk’s Landing Golf Club which features a Robert Cupp Jr. designed 18-hole championship course featuring a par-71 layout with over 6,600 yards. The course features water along 15 holes and has a slope rating of 131. Guests can get instruction from The Jack Nicklas Academy of Golf which features a 100-yard tee box, putting green and short game training area. Course rates were indicated to range from around $50 to more than $150 per round.
Hotel rates at the Orlando World Center by Marriott vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $175.00 per night for a standard room to more than $1,000.00 per night for one of the larger suites.
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The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
The Bonnet Creek Resort is a massive resort development that is located just adjacent to Walt Disney World and features four resort hotels and one vacation club property. Two of these amazing resorts include the 498-room Waldorf Astoria Orlando and the 1,001-room Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Located in the Bonnet Creek Resort immediately adjacent to Walk Disney World, these two hotels share amenities, dining venues and a 175,000 square foot convention center. Amenities are highlighted by the 3-acre lazy river pool with water slide at the Hilton as well as the 4,000 square foot Waldorf Astoria Spa. There are nine individual food and beverage options available at these two fine hotels.
The on-site Waldorf Astoria Golf Club features an 18-hole, par-72 Reese Jones designed championship golf course. The course measures 7,108 yard and has a slope rating of 139. It was also ranked among the Top 25 Courses in Florida and Top 50 Courses in the US by Golf Advisor in 2016. Course rates range from around $100.00 to more than $150 per round.
Hotel rates vary based on the time of year but for the Hilton, typically range from around $200.00 per night for a standard room to more than $500.00 per night. Rates at the Waldorf Astoria range from around $400.00 per night to more than $850.00 per night.
The Rosen Shingle Creek
The Rosen Shingle Creek is located near the Orlando / Orange County Convention Center approximately 10 minutes to the Walt Disney World Resort. This AAA Four Diamond resort features 1,501 guest rooms and suites along with 524,000 of conference and event space.
Amenities at this 255-acre property are extensive and include four outdoor swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, nature trail and the 13,000 square foot full-service Spa at Shingle Creek. There are fifteen food and beverage options ranging from grab-and-go to fine dining.
The Rosen Shingle Creek is home to the Shingle Creek Golf Club with features an 18-hole Arnold Palmer company designed course that is situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades (along Shingle Creek). The par-72 course plays 7,213 yards, includes water hazards on almost every hole and has a slope rating of 137. Course fees were indicated to range from around $50 to more than $150 per round.
Hotel rates at the Rosen Shingle Creek vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $150.00 per night for a standard room to more than $300.00 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton & The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort
The 500-acre Grande Lakes Resort is another significant resort development that two resort hotels, a vacation club property and a private residential community. The two resort hotels include the 582-room Ritz Carlton Orlando and the 1,000-room JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes.
Located approximately 20 minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort and 10 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, these two hotels share amenities, dining venues and a 144,785 square foot convention center. Amenities include lazy river pool with AquaCourse 360 at the JW Marriott as well as the 4,000 square foot Ritz-Carlton Spa. There are ten individual food and beverage options available at these two amazing hotels.
The on-site Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes features an 18-hole, par-72 Greg Norman Signature championship golf course which is a Certified Audubon Cooperate Sanctuary. The course measures 7,122 yards and has a slope rating of 139. Golf instruction is provided by Larry Rinker who is a former PGA Tour player.
Hotel rates vary based on the time of year but for the JW Marriott, typically range from around 300.00 per night for a standard room to more than $500.00 per night. Rates at the Ritz-Carlton range from around $400.00 per night to more than $1,000.00 per night.
The Reunion Resort
The groundbreaking Reunion Resort is a unique resort developments where guests can experience not only a vacation, but a complete lifestyle. This massive 2,200-acre resort is located about 15 minutes from Walt Disney World and features more than 6,200 residential units and 1,500 hotel units (when fully developed).
Amenities at the Reunion resort are extensive and include the Reunion Resort Water Park, 10 community pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis center with pickelball courts, miniature golf course, a footgolf course, two playground areas, bocce ball, bike rentals and an on-site resort shuttle service to the Walt Disney World Transportation and Ticket Center.
There are three amazing golf courses at the Reunion Resort that are designed by Jack Nicklas, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. The 18-hole Palmer course features 6,916 years of play, includes elevation changes up to 50 feet and has a slope rating of 142. The 18-hole Nicklaus course is considered the most difficult course at Reunion and features 7,219 years of play and has a slope rating of 131. The Watson course features 18-holes with approximately 120 bunkers, 7,154 years of play and has a slope rating of 141. Course rates range from around $100.00 to more than $200.00 per round.
Nightly rates at the Reunion vary greatly based on the type of unit (or single-family home). Rates typically range from around $300.00 per night for the Grande Tower Suites and Resort Villas to more than $2,000 per night for the estate homes.
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
The Four Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is located approximately 15 minutes south of the Walt Disney World Resort, just west along Interstate 4. The resort includes 720 rooms and suites and features 248,000 square feet of convention and event space.
Amenities include three outdoor pools including a 850-foot lazy river, a 24-hour fitness center, tennis and basketball courts and the full-service Mokara Spa. There are seven food and beverage options at the Omni which range from grab-and-go to fine dining.
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate features 36-holes of championship golf designed by Greg Norman as well as a lighted, nine-hole par 3 golf course for those looking to brush up on their skills. The International Course is a links style course that plays 7,363 yard and has a slope rating of 173. The National Course is a more traditional American-style design which plays 7,197 yards and has a slope rating of 128. Prices were indicated to range from around $50 to more than $135 per round.
Hotel rates at the Omni Orlando Resort vary based on the time of year but typically range from around $150.00 per night for a standard room to more than $300.00 per night for one of the larger suites.
The Evermore Orlando Resort
Just outside of the borders of the Walt Disney Resort is the forthcoming Evermore Orlando Resort. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2023, this $1.5 billion, 1,100 mega- resort will feature a 433-room Conrad Hotel (Hilton brand) as well as a mixtures of vacation homes, flats and villas (totaling 10,000 bedrooms).
The full scope of amenities has yet to be announced but the resort will feature a 20-acre beach complex which will include an 8-acre lagoon by Crystal Lagoons which is anticipated to be similar to the lagoon at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Golf at the Evermore Orlando Resort is currently being offered at The Links Course of Grand Cypress Golf Club. Formerly known as the “New Course”, this Jack Nicklaus’ masterpiece pays tribute to the famous Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This par-72 course feature 6,098 yards, includes more than 150 bunkers and has a slope rating of 115. Course rates range from around $120.00 to $150.00 per round.
Check back soon for more information about the Evermore Orlando Resort.
Additional Golf Courses Near Walt Disney World
There are a number of additional courses outside of Walt Disney World that are not associated with any major resort hotels. Here are several courses that we are familiar with:
- Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club
- Celebration Golf Club
- Falcon’s Fire Golf Course
- Orange Lake Golf Course
- Orange Tree Golf Club
The Walt Disney World Resort
The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida was originally opened in 1971 and today is one of the premier vacation destinations not only in the United States but throughout the entire world.
With an average annual attendance of more than 50 million visitors, the 43 square mile resort Resort features four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, 30,000+ hotel rooms, nine vacation club properties, over 1,000 cabins and campsites and a massive shopping, dining & entertainment complex in Disney Springs.
Learn more about all there is to do at the Walt Disney World Resort with our recently updated theme park guides.