Champions Gate National Golf Course is a Greg Norman designed course that stretches over 200 acres of peaceful woodlands, striking wetlands, and enticing converted orange groves. Designed to offer an adventurous round for all level of players, Champions Gate has two 18-hole courses, both championship level, and four sets of tees. The course is also the world headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, a truly high honor.
Bragged about in Golf Digest, Golf Guide, and Zagat Guide, Champions Gate has a great reputation among amateur and professional golfers. The course has narrow drives with smaller greens, so every shot needs a level of control that many, less challenging courses don’t require. This makes it excellent for those who like to approach their golf games with a certain level of strategy.
The fairways at Champions Gate are extensive, with almost one hundred bunkers, and an abundance of water features. In fact, many players return in an attempt to conquer the ponds and lakes that stole their balls in shots that weren’t well thought out. The woods have been known to hide quite a few missed shots, too. According to some estimations, more than 15,000 balls go missing every year thanks to these features. However, this shouldn’t deter you from giving the courses a shot. Just keep your eyes open and thoughts sharp, especially at the fifth and fourteenth holes, which are a bit tighter than the others.
What makes Champions Gate so attractive to golfers worldwide is that it has both an international and a national golf course. For those who don’t know, international courses are typically more in the links style, similar to those found in Great Britain. If you’re more of a nationalist, though, be sure to give the more American style national course a chance. Though it’s considered easier, the national offers the variety that Champions Gate is famous for. Many will play all 36 holes, being beaten up by the international and cooling off at the national.
In a city where everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere, Champions Gate offers a solitude that many crave. With the park-like calm of the national and the link style international, many find it’s the perfect combination to help them refocus after dealing with the chaos of the week. The staff at Champions Gate make every guest feel welcome and go out of their way to provide the best service and experience for everyone.