Disney World is a magical place. Whether it’s the rides or the chance to meet Mickey and Goofy, there’s something at Disney World for all ages.
But one aspect of Disney World that often gets overlooked is the potential for a golf outing.
Disney World offers four courses on property to play on but there are options available near the resort. These are great for anyone staying off property that be looking for a golfing near Disney World.
Check out our list of the top three golf courses near Disney World.
The Country Club of Orlando
Located only a 25-minute drive from Disney World, the Country Club of Orlando is an incredible course. The eighteen holec course first opened in 1911 before redesign by legendary golf course designer, Donald Ross, in 1918. Among Ross’s other designs are some of the best courses in America such as Pinehurst No. 2, East Lake, Oak Hill and Oakland Hills.
The course measures 6,686 yards off the championship tees, with Back, Middle and Forward tees also available. The course underwent renovation in 2017 and comes complete with a driving range, chipping green, putting green, locker rooms and a Pro Shop.
The Country Club of Orlando also has Tennis Courts, a Wellness Center, Croquet and Junior Activities.
Unfortunately, there are no public green fees available and to be able to play the course, golfers must either be a member or a guest of a member. While this isn’t ideal, if golfers are planning a golf trip and know someone who is a member of the Country Club, it is a must visit.
1601 Country Club Drive Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 849-0990
Orange Tree Golf Club
Orange Tree Golf Club is around a 16-minute drive from Disney World. The course is a family owned and operated private golf club designed by Joe Lee in 1972. Lee had an input in designing over 200 courses during a 40-year career.
At Orange Tree, Lee created 7,036 yards suited to all levels of golfer and has six separate tees to help vary the length and difficulty of the course. Its considered a “hidden gem” of Orlando and acts as both a U.S. Open Local Qualifying venue and a Florida State Senior Open Qualifying venue.
While the course doesn’t have a bad hole, its signature holes are the par-5 hole 1, par-3 hole 11 and the ominous three closing holes known as The Loop. The par-5, par-3 and par-4 have trouble lurking at every turn with water hugging the right side and trees and OB to the left. This is not a stretch of holes for the faint hearted!
The club is open for green fees which are quite reasonably priced at between $50-$80, especially for a course of this quality.
The course includes a Pro Shop, a 300-yard driving range with 16 bays, a putting green, and a short game area.
7540 Woodgreen Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 351-4034
Dubsdread Golf Course
Close to half an hour away, Dubsdread may be the furthest course on this list from Disney World, but it is worth the visit. First designed in 1924 by Tom Bendelow, its described as “Orlando’s Home Course” and features the oldest public layout in the Central Florida area. The course has beautiful scenery, narrow fairways and bunkered “postage stamp” style greens.
Dubsdread has a wealth of history. It featured on the PGA Tour schedule from 1945 to 1947 when it hosted the Orlando Open. During this time, some of golf’s biggest stars such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Claude Harmon graced its fairways. The course also plays host to the Orlando City Amateur, the annual premier amateur golf championship in Central Florida.
The par 70 layout has a selection of five tees and can measure anywhere between 4,094 yards up to 6,153 yards. When at its longest, water features on 15 of the holes though the number reduces depending on which tee is in play. The course is well maintained and provides a stern test for all level of golfer, from the new kid on the block to the seasoned campaigner.
Green fees are priceds as low as $32 for residents of the Dubsdread area and $35 for non-residents. Visitors can also enjoy the Dubsdread clubhouse which has a pro shop and restaurant.
And for anyone looking for help with their game, they need look no further than the Dubsdread Golf Learning Center. The Center has been in operation since 2008, offering top-class instruction to all its students. The Center caters for adult group programs, a range of individual tuition and the Operation 36 Junior Academy.
549 W Par St.
Orlando, FL 32804
Disney World Area Golf Summary
And there you have it. Three of the best golf clubs close to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re a local or someone looking to organize a golf holiday, there are of great options to choose from in the Orlando area. We also have a review of the Golf Courses located on Disney World Property.