On a recent summer Tuesday morning in Orlando, one could imagine most vacationing kids either visiting the theme parks or frolicking in water somewhere.
So it did a golfer’s heart good to see a mother and her three children teeing it up at the Champions 9 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
“This is exactly what we want,” beamed Ryan Thomas, head golf professional at the sprawling golf complex that includes two Greg Norman-designed courses, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and a terrific little kid-friendly course.
The Champions 9 is a nine-holer that adults can use to sharpen their short game, but also for kids to get a real-golf fix away from the mini golf courses that are all over town. The course has lights and stays open until 10:30 p.m. in the summer, so even after a long day at Orlando attractions, it’s possible to get in nine.
The longest hole on the course is 95 yards, just fine for a kid who may not be much taller than his or her clubs. And Callaway clubs come with the greens fees ($15 for adults, $9 children), so anyone can come as they are and play.
Who knows? Tomorrow’s customers at ChampionsGate’s tough International Course may be today’s Champions 9 players. Great to see that they have their own slice of golf heaven.
If you go
Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate
1500 Masters Blvd.