When I first began as the VISIT FLORIDA Golf Insider, one of my first visits was to Orlando’s MetroWest Golf Club.
As I discovered last summer, MetroWest is a fine course in the heart of the city, the kind of forgiving track that would be well-placed at the start of a golf vacation. Its rolling hills and elevation changes make for a dramatic setting, but wide fairways and large greens allow players some margin for error -- a good thing when perhaps you haven't touched a club for a few months.
Tourists and locals have flocked to the course for years, and Marriott Golf-managed MetroWest will only get more appealing in November, when a $1.5 million renovation that began on July 1 is complete.
The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course is having all 18 greens resurfaced with TifEagle Bermuda (hearty grass that will improve putting conditions year-round), its bunkers renovated and tee boxes resurfaced and laser-leveled.
“Among our goals is to continually meet the demands of golfers of all playing levels,” said MetroWest general manager Steve Schaller. “This renovation will not only be well received by better players, but it addresses two significant golfer demands that have been outlined by the USGA and The PGA of America, which is pace of play and the overall playability of today’s golf course layouts.”
In the meantime, MetroWest’s practice facility, restaurant and wedding/banquet facility remain open. For more information on the ongoing renovation, click here.