Orlando Area Golf Communities

Central Florida is a playground for those who love theme parks, busy cities, booming economies and the great outdoors. For golf lovers, it's a paradise.

With its beautiful year-round weather, Central Florida invites residents and visitors alike to get outdoors and explore. While some enjoy exploring this region's wilder side in parks and nature preserves, others just can't wait to swing into the action – literally. Central Florida is famed for its well-appointed golf course communities that welcome residents to hit the golf courses at their leisure.

Orlando Golf Communities

  • Alaqua
  • Alaqua Lakes
  • Bay Hill
  • Celebration
  • Eagle Creek
  • Heathrow
  • Hunter's Creek
  • Isleworth
  • Keene's Pointe
  • Lake Nona
  • Magnolia Plantation
  • Orange Tree
  • Sweetwater
  • Stoney Brook East
  • Stoney Brook West
  • Timacuan
  • Tuscawilla

 Take a look around the region and buyers working with Central Florida Realtors will discover a diversity of options in golf course communities. Central Florida golf homes are found in variety of neighborhoods, many of which have been master-planned around world-class golf facilities. In fact, many courses here provide champion-level challenges and have been designed by professional golf's most notable players.

Read on to find out why Central Florida golf is amazing. We've broken the golf courses and communities into geographic location around the Orlando area, and you can skip around if you're only interested in a particular area.

     

 Central Florida Golf Communities, Why?

What makes Central Florida such a popular destination for buyers with a passion for play? Aside from its major attractions and strong employment base, the weather really makes Central Florida the ideal place for golf lovers to settle down.  Florida isn't called the Sunshine State for nothing!

The region enjoys a tropical climate that brings average summer temperatures of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit and average winter temperatures of 70 degrees. While summer temperatures can climb higher and rains are common during this period, winters tend to be extremely mild. Freezing temperatures are practically unheard of and hard freezes almost never occur. Even in the rainy season, downpours are often limited to the afternoons and don't last long. This means golfers can enjoy the game almost every day of the year, which makes Central Florida homes especially attractive for golfers.

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Exploring The Communities by Area

Take my course on understanding the best of Central Florida's golf courses! Great real estate can be found in dozens of our different golf course communities. Many of the area's golf course developments feature championship courses and private clubs. Each offers its own distinct amenities and plenty of challenges for lovers of this sport.

The examples are broken up by geographic area. Here are some of the premier neighborhoods and courses found in the entire region:

Southwest Central Florida Golf Courses

South West Central Florida is home to the Walt Disney resort area and plenty of luxury appointed golf course communities. This area's course names are a who's who list of the best in the area. The community names inspire those who know them to imagine the great estates known in this area. The golf courses in this area are home to many PGA pro's and national celebrities.

Isleworth

Official Site: Isleworth
Isleworth is one of the Orlando area's most notable golf course communities. Located in the Windermere area, it is surrounded by the Butler Chain of Lakes and is lauded for its private location, outstanding golf and community amenities. The community offers manned security around the clock, lakefront property, concierge services, its own clubhouse and much more.  Many PGA Tour players, including Tiger Woods, make Isleworth their home.

The Isleworth course features 18 holes that have been ranked among the Top 100 courses in America by the Wall Street Journal-Golfweek and LINKS magazine. The Isleworth Golf & Country Club is a private membership facility. The course itself was originally designed by Arnold Palmer. It recently underwent a restoration guided by Steve Smyers.

Keene's Pointe

Official Site:  Keene's Pointe
This Windermere community is found on the banks of Lake Tibet Butler. It features 14 distinct neighborhoods that each have their own architectural styles. With its Jack Nicklaus Signature course, Keene's Point is a favorite among players.

The Golden Bear Club at Keene's Pointe offers a variety of membership levels. The clubhouse area features onsite dining, a pool, fitness room, tennis courts and more.

Bay Hill

Official Site: Bay Hill
Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge is a golf course community located in Orlando's Dr. Phillips suburb. This community features a variety of traditional homes on and off the course. The course itself is the major draw in this community. Developed by Arnold Palmer himself, it is situated on 270 acres of land on the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes. The course features the Challenger, Charger and Champion links with an impressive 27 holes of golf. 

The Bay Hill Club & Lodge also features an onsite spa, salon, fitness center, tennis courts and more. The course is the home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Windermere County Club  

Official Site: Windermere County Club
This semi-private 18-hole private course designed by Ward Northrup is surrounded by lakes and residential communities, including the Estates at Windermere. It features 13 holes that border on lakes and a challenging 63 bunkers that have been strategically placed throughout the course to lend excitement to play.  Membership opportunities include full family packages, corporate, social, weekday and seasonal.

The Estates at Windermere is located directly across from the country club. This neighborhood boasts ½-acre home sites, a community park, conservation area, pool and much more. Homes start in the $400,000 range and up.

Celebration

Official Site: Celebration
Celebration is a master-planned community that was created by the Walt Disney Corp. Considered the model that others hold themselves up to, this neighborhood features a mix of condominiums and single family homes. Designed to provide a small-town, welcoming feel, Celebration homes feature large front porches, back-of-the-home parking and incredible access to area attractions.

Celebration residents will also discover spectacular onsite golfing. In fact, the Celebration Golf Club is considered one of the best in Florida.  The course was co-designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior and Robert Trent Jones Junior. It features a natural park-like setting and has played host to such events as the U.S. Senior Open Qualifier, the Buick Scramble National Championship and other major events.

Stoneybrook West

Official Site:  Stoneybrook West
The Stoneybrook West Golf Club in Winter Garden is surrounded by residential neighborhoods in a country club setting. The course is only about 20 minutes from Orlando's downtown. The 18-hole, 72-par course was designed by Arthur Hills and features 7,101 yards of play. Water hazards are found on many holes and more than 1,500 palm trees line the course. The course is considered one of the best for play by Golf Digest magazine.

Buyers working with Central Florida Realtors will find the Stoneybrook West neighborhood a gated community, complete with its own 235-acre fishing and boating lake. The community also features parks, playgrounds, a swimming pool, in-line skating rink and a variety of other amenities.

Reunion Resort

Official Site: Reunion Resort
This unique Central Florida golf course community is one part world-class resort and one part residential neighborhood. Developed by Wyndham, the community offers residents a selection of condominiums, villas and custom homes. The resort itself boasts an on-site spa, fitness center, aquatic park and much more.

Residents of Reunion Resort enjoy access to not one, but three championship courses. Arnold Palmer's Legacy Course, Tom Watson's Independence Course and Jack Nicklaus' Tradition Course are all available for resident play. Golfers will find each course offers its own distinct features, but all three offer a level of challenge that will delight those with a passion for the game.

South East Central Florida Golf Courses

Southeast Central Florida features many established golf communities, but Lake Nona in particular is a newer area showing amazing growth potential with incredibly lavish homes available. This area features traditional courses with golf course communities each having there own style. 

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

Official Site:  Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
The Lake Nona Golf & Country Club community is one of Central Florida's premier communities. The 7,000-acre master planned development features parks, forested areas, onsite educational facilities, employment centers and much more.  A number of PGA & LPGA Tour players make Lake Nona their home.

The 600-acre Lake Nona Golf & Country Club is a private course. Tom Fazio is responsible for the design of this championship links that features plenty of challenges and obstacles to make play enjoyable for members.

Stoneybrook East

Official Site: Stoneybrook East
Stoneybrook East is a master-planned golf course community that features amenities that make it a favorite for residents. With its hiking and biking trails, residents do not lack for opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The community's homes include a mix of single-family and villa properties. 

The Stoneybrook East Golf Club features an 18-hole public course and a variety of activities year round. Membership programs are offered and the course offers its own onsite golf academy.

Hunter's Creek

Official Site:  Hunter's Creek
This is a 4,000-acre golf community that's been master planned to provide residents and players alike with the best of everything. The community features 45 different neighborhoods and is about 12 miles outside of downtown Orlando.

The Hunter's Creek Golf Club features a Lloyd Clifton-designed championship course. With five sets of tees, ranging from about 5,200 yards to 7,268 yards, it delivers a variety of challenges for players of varying levels. The course sits among 13 lakes and is tree lined for added beauty and complexity.

Eagle Creek

Official Site:  Eagle Creek
Featuring hiking, biking, equestrian trails and much more, the master planned community of Eagle Creek invites golf lovers to enjoy a distinct living experience. The community features a variety of homes in neighborhoods established along the course itself. Some properties offer forest views while others are lakefront.

The golf course has a European design that was crafted by Howard Swan and Ron Garl. Its 18 holes combine to create par-73 play on a course that boasts 90 bunkers designed to resemble those found in England and Scotland.

North Central Florida

North Central Florida is home to some of the most challenging championship golf courses. These are established yet modern communities that vary greatly in price. This part of the region features great entertainment opportunities, access to natural parks, and it has an excellent reputation for great living amongst residents of Central Florida.

Heathrow Country Club

Official Site: Heathrow Country Club
Found in beautiful Lake Mary, this community is master planned and features condominiums, town homes and single-family properties. Some homes feature lake or golf frontage. With roughly 1,900 homes in all, the 24 hour man gated community is also known for its fountains, lakes, forested areas and other natural features.  This is the home course for PGA Tour player Chris DiMarco.

Heathrow Country Club offers tennis, swimming, golf and a fitness center. The private club's course was designed by Ron Garl and features 18 holes of championship play.

Magnolia Plantation

Official Site: Magnolia Plantation
This Lake Mary neighborhood features 500 homes in a community that's designed to preserve Florida's beautiful landscape. With extensive conservation areas and large home sites, Magnolia Plantation was designed to embrace Florida's beauty while providing its residents with access to some of the best golf in the area.

The Magnolia Plantation Golf Club features a relative new course, but it has already been rated among the best in the state and country. The course was designed by the late Dave Harmon and features a variety of natural hazards, tree-lined greens and more. The semi-private club offers a variety of membership levels and also features practice facilities and a golf academy.

Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes

Official Site: Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes
Homes in this prestigious community are situated around and near the private Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes golf course. The club offers a variety of membership levels that come along with benefits such as play on a Tom Fazio-designed course. Featuring 18 holes of championship golf, the course delivers a number of tee options to satisfy the needs of golfers at varying levels. This course is the only one found in Central Florida that is an Audubon International Signature Certified Sanctuary course. Homes in the community include a variety of styles, many of which are sprawling single family estates.

The Lagacy Club at Alagua lakes is my home course and has hosted PGA Tour qualifying as well as many amateur events and is always rated as one of the best courses in Central Florida. 

Sweetwater Golf & Country Club

Official Site: Sweetwater Golf & Country Club
The Sweetwater Golf & Country Club offers a mixture of home styles in a community that's right next to Wekiva State Park. Homes here include higher end single family properties and some luxury homes that start in the $1 million range. The 18-hole, championship golf course is a par 72. Its Scottish design is favored by many players. The course's "Loch Ness Monster" hole is legendary. This 625-yard hole goes around a lake and features other potential hazards on its tree-line lead up.

Timacuan

Official Site: Timacuan
This 400-acre golf course community was designed for those with an active lifestyle in mind. It features golf, tennis, pools, basketball courts and much more. With a mix of homes and neighborhoods, it's considered one of Lake Mary's premier home buying destinations.

The Timacuan Golf Club's course was designed by Ron Garl and features a number of unique challenges. The course itself meanders through oak stands, wetlands and other natural features. Club members enjoy an active calendar of events and access to a 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, among other amenities.

Tuscawilla

Official Site: Tuscawilla
This golf course community was built near the shores of Lake Jesup in Seminole County. It features more than 4,500 homes in a master planned setting that is great for boaters, water skiers and other outdoors lovers. The Tuscawilla Country Club is a private facility that features Bermuda greens. Championship play here is complemented by an aquatics center, tennis courts and more.


Just to recap, here are the Orlando Area Golf Course Communities covered:

South West Central Florida

  • Windermere Country Club 
  • Reunion Resort
  • Celebration
  • Bay Hill
  • Isleworth
  • Keene's Pointe
  • Stoneybook West

South East Central Florida

  • Hunter's Creek
  • Eagle Creek
  • Lake None Golf & Country Club
  • Stoneybrook East

North Central Florida

  • Heathrow Country Club
  • Magnolia Plantation
  • Sweetwater Golf & Country Club
  • Timacuan
  • Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes
  • Tuscawilla

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