Champions Gate features two premier golf courses both designed by Greg Norman. Seldom are two sister courses side-by-side so different. The National Course is an American style course that winds through hundreds of acres of secluded woodlands, wetlands and former orange groves.
Parkland Style Golf Courses
Typically located inland, parkland courses have well-kept fairways, mature trees, thick rough and many bunkers. They are lush and well manicured. The most prestigious ones have immaculate landscaping with flowers, hedges, specialty bushes and trees. Greens are typically mildly undulating and small. Water hazards are usually manmade often with waterfalls and rock walls. They have a park-like feel.
A renovation has vaulted the Palmer course to the second best course at PGA National behind the venerable Tour quality Champions course.
A Nicklaus layout, the Champions Course is known for the The Bear Trap – Holes 15,16 and 17 – perhaps the most diabolical three consecutive holes in golf. The resort is large, luxurious and legendary.
A Greg Norman layout in Orlando integral within the luxurious Grande Lakes hotel complex with Marriott and Ritz Carlton. Wide fairways, limited rough and large greens are superbly manicured.
Ranked as one of the greatest 100 golf courses in history by Golf Digest. One of the most revered courses in the nation and one of the best examples of Robert Trent Jones work.