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Shingle Creek Golf Club

"Best Golf Course in Orlando 2021"

Celebration Golf Club

"Top 10 Orlando Golf Course"

Orange County National

"36 Holes of Award Winning Golf"

Champions Gate Golf Club

"Top 10 Orlando Golf Course"

Falcon's Fire Golf Club

"Top 5 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...
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...
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...

Orlando Golf Course Reviews

 
4.8
BW Brian Wagley
"Course was in great shape! "
 
4.7
DD Dave Dyson
"Nice course in excellent condition. A bit pricey though."
 
4.8
EW Eddie Witt
"Best shape of any course we played. Will play again."
 
4.7
BP Bill Platt
"Love the course, facility and service. Crooked Cat was great too. Must play course. "
 
5.0
MM Mike Mastracco
"Wonderful golf course in great condition. One of the best I played in Orlando during our golf vacation. "
 
5.0
GF Greg Fleeter
"Great course, very friendly staff. Greens and fairways were in exceptional shape."
 
4.7
MB Max Benson
"Played the course on a windy day and felt like we were in Scotland. Challenging course in the wind. Would love to return and play the course in normal weather conditions. Fun..."
 
4.5
TS Terri Swilor
"We play this course annually and we were not disappointed this trip. The course was in great shape and we will return next year."
 
4.8
LO Larry Oberto
"If not the best in Orlando, it's one of the best courses in the Orlando area."
 
4.7
IP Irv Painter
"Very well maintained course with a fun layout. "
 
4.7
BL Bob Luchel
"Excellent golf course. Great layout. Very challenging. One of the top courses I have played in Orlando."
 
4.0
TW Tom Walker
"I enjoyed playing Falcon's Fire. The layout was fun and forgiving and the overall condition of the course was good. The greens were very firm though. Supposedly, that is to be..."
 
5.0
BL Bob Luchel
"One of my favorites to play when in Orlando. "
 
4.7
SB Scott Baker
"We played both courses and found them in excellent condition. Panther Lake offered a better layout than Crooked Cat."
 
4.2
MD Marilyn Davie
"Outstanding course and facility. Really enjoyed the golf course. The staff was nice but not overly helpful. The food in the restaurant was good."
 
4.7
IT Itsuki Takahashi
"Champions Gate was a fun golf course in good condition. The greens were a little slow compared to other greens in Orlando. Staff was very friendly."

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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