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The area just northwest of Orlando known as the “Florida Highlands” is home to some of the most scenic vistas in the state of Florida - and great, natural terrain golf courses. Natural rolling hills, scenic vistas, thousands of pristine lakes and spectacular golf courses... this is the only place in Florida where golfers can experience these features. Often referred to as “Old Florida”, the area is mostly unspoiled nature, dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes including some of the largest in Florida - 17,000 acre Lake Harris, plus Lake Eustis, Lake Dora, Lake Minneola and Lake Apopka.
Unfortunately, most of the golf courses in this area are overlooked by most travelers, but not anymore. Take a look at the historic Mission Inn Resort with El Campeon “The Champion” and Las Colinas “The Hills” courses onsite. Every golf trip must include The Club at Bella Collina “Beautiful Hills”, Palisades, Sanctuary Ridge and The Legends Country Club.
The designers of the courses noted above, did not move much earth during course construction. The natural “mountain” terrain, sand barrens, natural lakes and native vegetation mostly dictated the course design characteristics. El Campeon, “The Champion” at Mission Inn was designed and built in 1917, and like other courses born during that era, the natural terrain - not a bulldozer, was “the designer”. Some thoughts from Nick Faldo when building his Bella Collina masterpiece include, “the natural rolling site with steep elevation changes is very unusual for Orlando”, and ”the course will provide an inspiring golfing experience for members and guests for years to come.”
The Florida Highlands Golf Trail has so much to offer golfers and guests after your rounds are complete, or if you dare, an “off day” to explore the area. There are numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including The Antique Boat Festival at Mt. Dora drawing boats and collectors from all over North America, the Mt. Dora Music Festival, and the The Bassmasters Southern Open. Visitors will enjoy great “Old Florida Style” cuisine among numerous culinary choices throughout the area.
If your group is looking for a change from the busy Florida tourist destinations, a golf trip to the Florida Highlands Golf Trail is a perfect choice. The area is an easy and short drive from Orlando, Tampa and Ocala. From Orlando International Airport, or Orlando-Sanford International Airport - 45 minutes, 1.5 hour drive from Tampa and 30 minutes from Ocala and Interstate 75.
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Conservatory at Hammock Beach Golf Packages
The Conservatory Course at Hammock Beach Resort is a Tom Watson Signature design featuring dramatic elevations and undulating greens not commonly found in Florida. With meticulously maintained fairways and immaculate greens, this masterpiece provides tournament conditions every day. Players can't help but be inspired by the view of waterfalls, babbling brooks, veneered field stone work and 140 sand, natural coqina and multiple sod-faced bunkers - a nod to the designer's affinity for British links-style golf. The Conservatory signature hole is number 8, a challenging Par-3 with an ample island green. The 18th hole, featuring a tee box at an elevation of almost 100 feet, offers great panoramic views of nearly the entire course. With six tee boxes at each hole, the longest playing at 7,746 yards, the course will accommodate all skill levels. Players must stay at the Hammock Beach Resort to play The Conservatory course.
The Club at Bella Collina Golf Packages
Traditional, yet unexpected. Those words can accurately describe the region of Italy's Tuscany, the Highlands of Florida and now, the unforgettable golf experience at Bella Collina, designed exclusively by Nick Faldo. His creativity and attention to detail that served him well in his playing days, are on display at the private club just north of Orlando. Through clever use of the rolling terrain of the Central Florida Highlands, Faldo has created a traditional-style course that features incredible natural elevations, open fairways, and sweeping dunes. Measuring a stout 7,500 yards from the back tees, Bella Collina features six teeing grounds to ensure players of all levels can enjoy this new masterpiece. All distances lead to ample-size undulating greens that roll fast and true. And from atop one of the highest points on peninsular Florida, Bella Collina's Tuscan-inspired clubhouse will awe you with its incredible beauty and panaramic views reaching miles across Lake Apopka and the Central Florida countryside!
Mission Inn - El Campeon Golf Packages
El Campeon, "The Champion", was built in 1917, and is one of the south's oldest golf courses. One of two championship courses at The Mission Inn Resort, El Campeon is a hidden gem in the highland countryside just north of Orlando that has formidably stood the test of time. The traditional style course features elevation changes of 85 feet, rolling fairways framed by towering live oaks and sparkling spring-fed lakes. These features, combined with rare Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass undulating greens, offers guests a tour-caliber experience. The signature hole is the par-5, 17th, a long, double dogleg that has more obstacles than some entire courses. El Campeon has attained a 4-Star and "Top 25 Resort Course" rating by Golf Digest, in addition to Golf Magazine Silver Medal "Top Resort" and Golf Week "Top 25 Places to Play in Florida" awards. Come stay and play at Mission Inn's oasis of 36 holes that is touched by history and blessed with natural beauty.
Mission Inn - Las Colinas Golf Packages
Las Colinas, "The Hills," opened to a nomination for "Best New Resort Course" by Golf Digest, Top 25 Most Challenging Courses in Central Florida and a recipient of the "Top Fairways" recognition by Golf for Women. This remarkable course offers quite a different challenge from El Campeon. The classic architecture style of wide fairways across gently rolling hills create an inland links design, while the large, undulating TifDwarf greens demand proper shot placement. Las Colinas is a formidable 7,200 yards from the tips with six sets of tees to create the right challenge for all golfers. The signature par 5, 12th hole - deemed "Alligator Alley," - spans nearly 500 yards along one of the tree-lined fairways, requiring absolute accuracy from tee to green.
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Viking River Cruises
Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history. Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers.