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Shingle Creek Golf Club

"Best Golf Course in Orlando 2018"

Celebration Golf Club

"Top 10 Orlando Golf Course"

Orange County National

"36 Holes of Award Winning Golf"

Falcon's Fire Golf Club

"Top 5 Orlando Golf Course"

Champions Gate Golf Club

"Top 10 Orlando Golf Course"

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Featured Orlando Golf Courses

Shingle Creek Golf Club - Hole 15
 
4.8 (105)
Opened in December 2003, Shingle Creek Golf Club is an Orlando Florida Golf Course where the past meets the present. Located just one mile from the Orange County Convention Center, Shingle Creek Golf Club and Resort merges the modern resort...
Orange County National
 
4.7 (71)
Orlando County National in Orlando has played host to the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 PGA TOUR Qualifying School Finals and was awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest's "Places to Play."  The Panther Lake Golf Course is a 7350-yard masterpiece incorporating...
Falcons Fire Golf Club
 
4.6 (58)
Designed by Rees Jones, Falcon's Fire Golf Club features a blend of modern and classic architecture. With its classic golf course design, unique terrain and year-round tournament playing conditions, Falcons Fire Golf Club is arguably one of the top Orlando...
Champions Gate Golf Club International Course Orlando Florida
 
4.6 (61)
The International golf course at ChampionsGate Golf Club offers a golf experience unlike any other in the Orlando area.  The golf course follows a classical pattern of an outward nine and an inward nine returning to the clubhouse.  With the exception...
Celebration Golf Club
 
4.5 (54)
Designed by the father & son team of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr., Celebration Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida is an upscale Orlando golf course that exudes an atmosphere of beautiful tranquility and fun, challenging golf. Meticulously maintained with...
Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
 
4.6 (33)
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes offers an extraordinary experience to golfers of all caliber. Experience a challenging and beautiful Orlando golf course with unprecedented personal attention. Experience the thrill of an 18-hole, par-72 Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, set...
Grand Cypress Golf Club
 
4.7 (44)
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Cypress Golf Club is annually rated as one of the best Orlando golf courses. The traditional layout of the North, South, and East Nines at Grand Cypress Golf Club offer a variety of mental...

Orlando Golf Course Reviews

 
5.0
DB David Brooker
"Played here after seeing it ranked as best resort course in Orlando. After playing several Orlando golf courses on this trip I will have to agree. Greens were fast, smooth and flawless...."
 
4.7
DM David Mumford
"Very nice course. The windy conditions hurt pace of play, but course conditions were excellent. Service was exceptional from valet arrival to departure to the airport. "
 
4.5
JN Jenny Norman
"A beautiful course in good condition. The pace of play was a bit slow, but the staff was friendly and helpful."
 
4.7
NS Ned Simpson
"Fun course surrounded by nature. The course was in tremendous condition and the staff was friendly. A little bit of a drive from Orlando, but that won't discourage us next time. One..."
 
4.7
JR Jon Russell
"Fantastic course and staff! Impeccable conditions. I heard they are doing a course redesign this summer. Arnold Palmer is designing the new layout. "
 
4.3
SD Stacy Diekmann
"Course recently reopened. The new design was fun, but conditions were thin in a few areas. Might have opened too soon. Always been flawless in the past. "
 
4.8
IT Itsuki Takahashi
"Shingle Creek was the best golf course we played in Orlando. The staff was very friendly and the course was in terrific condition. "
 
4.3
PJ Phil Johnston
"Great conditions combined with a very scenic layout. Nature, nature, nature! 36 holes is the way to go."
 
4.8
BM Bob Murri
"I highly recommend this course."
 
4.7
LO Larry Oberto
"The international course is a special course. Very good condition with some memorable holes."
 
4.7
DT David Tien
"The golf course was in excellent condition and greens were fast and smooth. The high price tag will prevent a return to play again. Everything else was great. "
 
2.8
VS Val Scarr
"Greens were in dreadful condition. Looks like they lost them. I wish they would have told us about greens condition on the phone. Will not be returning."
 
4.7
PS Perry Spears
"Very nice course with a terrific layout. The conditions were excellent the staff is friendly. "
 
4.8
AW Anthony Washburn
"Favorite course of the trip. Will schedule 36 holes next time, so we can play crooked cat too. "
 
3.8
BM Brendan Mayes
"The course was in ok shape. Too many condos lining the fairways which took away from the experience. Play was slow but there are far better golf courses to play in Orlando...."
 
4.8
BD Bernard Dalton
"Panther Lake was in excellent condition. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Would play it again."

Golf Lesson: How to Hit a Buried Bunker Shot High

BH Updated

You may snicker at the title of this tip as a buried lie shot the bunker can be intimidating and just getting out could seem impossible.  I would like to show you a technique to not only hit the shot, but to be able to hit the shot with some height to it so that you can clear a high lip if necessary.  

The reality of it all is that this is really a pretty easy shot, if you understand the proper technique.  In fact, most of our fear is a result of a lack of knowledge.  If we have the proper knowledge on how to execute, our confidence increases.  So let’s increase your knowledge and confidence so that you have a positive attitude in approaching this shot.

Select a sand wedge with a 56 degree or 60 degree loft.  Take a stance that is slightly open to the target and open the clubface more than normal.  

With a very open clubface, you will actually try to hit the ball with the hosel of the club.  Your goal is to swing the hosel slightly behind the ball into the sand and let the club dig.  This is the first part to the secret of hitting this shot high.   

The second part has to do with your finish.  The finish should be very short; you want to actually want to feel like you are leaving the clubhead in the sand.  Trying to make a long high finish will not elevate the ball out of the buried bunker situation and will actually have an adverse affect.  A common fault with most golfers is that they will try to help the ball out of the sand.  So to execute this properly, you will have the sensation that your club will remain in the sand or you will try to bury your clubhead, hosel first into the sand.

When done correctly, the ball will come out of the sand higher with no spin or a knuckle ball.  So you have to play for the fact that when the ball hits the ground it will roll a good 10 to 15 feet on a normal length shot.  

This can be a difficult concept to understand and execute, but with a little practice time you will be amazed at how well the ball will come out.

 

 


Brad is currently the Director of Golf at Hammock Beach Resort, home of the Ocean Course and the Conservatory Golf Course.  The Ocean Course boasts more holes on the ocean than any other golf course in Florida and the Conservatory is currently ranked as the longest and hardest course in Florida.  Brad's golf lesson articles can also be found at bradhauergolf.com.

 

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