Many of you are familiar with the ChampionsGate Resort, home of the International and National Courses designed by Greg Norman and home to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, but the most recent addition to the I4 Corridor is located just on the back side of the property and is called ChampionsGate Country Club. This George Clifton design is located in a master planned community and if you purchase a home there you golf is included. Click Here for our video review of some of the holes on this great layout.
When the course opened it was at a point in Central Florida when there was one golf course opening to every 11 closing so it was a welcomed sight. The course is a great layout with elevation change, forced carries and a great set of par 3 holes that will keep you coming back to play it over and over again.
When you arrive at the course there is some construction going on as they are building a new clubhouse, cart storage and what looks like dining area for the course. It will be a nice addition as they are currently operating out of a trailer in the parking lot. The practice area is very expansive with a great putting green and a driving range that has targets down the outside of it but is an aqua range in the middle.
The front 9 has no houses on it at all and winds across the street after opening with a straight forward par 4 and then a great par 3 where you can’t see the green at all from the tee and is all carry to an elevated green. As you go under the street there is a lot of elevation change that happens over the next few holes. The 7th hole is the number 1 handicap hole and from the back tees plays 470 yards. Every time we have played it, it has played into the wind too. The front 9 finishes with a good par 5 that the longer hitters can get home in 2 on after hitting a forced carry over a water hazard that has alligators lurking below you teeing off.
The back 9 starts with an up hill par 5 that allows you to swing hard at your tee shot but your lay up has to be played up the right side to avoid the water run off area on the left. 14 gives you a great view looking out over ChampionsGate and the Polk and Osceola Counties and is a great par 3. 15 is their signature hole playing as a risk reward par 4 down hill with water left. The bigger hitters can give it a go but if you miss the green you will pay the penalty, so hitting a 5 iron off the tee may be the best play. The finishing hole is a down hill par 5 that the approach shot plays back up hill across a pond and a bunker short of the green. Two great shots will put you in position to make an eagle 3.
Dads Say So, we are really glad that they opened ChampionsGate Country Club. It is a great test of golf that allows every player to come out and have some fun on the course and is a quality golf course. It goes as an overlooked course with all of the great ones here in Central Florida this is a great addition and is quickly becoming a must play not only by the locals but if you are in town visiting you need to get out and play it. It is a must play now in a city with a lot of great courses. To book your next round there go to championsgatecountryclub.com or call them at (407) 507-2756. You will not be disappointed after your round and will be looking forward to your next round out there.