Located at the sparkling headwaters of the Florida Everglades, Shingle Creek is a historic Florida setting that was used extensively by pioneers in the early 1800s. Blessed with an abundance of cypress trees in the area, the early settlers of Central Florida harvested the wood and sent it downstream to the mill to be cut into shingles. Today you can experience these preserved natural surroundings at the Shingle Creek Golf Club and the AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek hotel (awarded a Two Palm-designation in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program in 2009).
When you motor off the hustle of International Drive and cruise south along Universal Boulevard (just north of State Road 528), you come to the entrance to the 1,500-room Rosen Shingle Creek. Boasting Spanish Revival architecture, the magnificent hotel rises in front of you with the lush green golf layout spread out on all sides of its 230 acres. Dazzling waters and palm trees are all around as you make your way to the hotel’s front foyer. Only 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport, shopping and attractions such as the Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort are also close by.
Unique in its setting, the hotel is built in the middle of an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course ranked one of the “Top 40 Best New Courses in the U.S.” by Golfweek Magazine. Each room has a tremendous view of the creek and the golf holes. The hotel offers luxurious rooms, vast meeting areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, the Spa at Shingle Creek and 12 first-class dining/lounging options among other amenities. I tried the upscale steakhouse, A Land Remembered, which did not disappoint.
Designed by David Harman (who also created the wonderful Orange County National courses in nearby Winter Garden), the Shingle Creek Golf Club is a brilliant 7,149-yard layout with undulating fairways and interconnecting waterways bordered by the natural backdrop of dense oaks and pines along historic Shingle Creek. From the back tees, it’s rated at a brawny 75.1 with a slope of 139. Be sure you’ve got your “A” game if you plan to tackle this track from the tips. The blue tees are 6,393 yards and rated/sloped at 69.8/130, offering a better day of enjoyment for most golfers. The shorter ivory tees are 5,131 and 70.5/132, so everyone has a tee to play from.
No. 3 – A challenging par 4 dog leg right that invites you to carry the corner over water.
No. 14 – A strong par 4 at 448 yards that has 19 bunkers peppered along its length. Watch where you drive the ball!
No. 15 – A great par 3 (197 yards from the back) that entices you to go for the pin, but be aware of the angled green that brings the water into play.
Home to the Brad Brewer Golf Academy (named one of the the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" by GOLF Magazine), Shingle Creek is where you can schedule first-rate instruction from the staff of PGA professionals. Brewer, one of GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Instructors for 2007-2008” and the online instructor for the Golf Channel, offers a distinctive viewpoint and teaching style, as he blends not only the basic nuts and bolts of the swing, but also aids you with a positive mental take on the game. He developed his technique over many years of working with his mentor, Arnold Palmer, while at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge, also in Orlando.
Besides great golf, there are also four outdoor swimming pools, two lighted tennis courts, basketball, a sand volleyball court, full spa, and 14 dining/lounging outlets. Banrai Sushi and Tobias' Flats & Watering Hole are both new. Nature fans should venture out and immerse themselves in the hotel's surroundings, including nature trails for hiking, walking, jogging and birding, plus seasonal fishing by reservation along the legendary Shingle Creek. Talk to the concierge about the "Peek at the Creek Adventure."
Take advantage of this facility right in the middle of all the Orlando action. To book your next vacation or schedule a corporate meeting, visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call 866-996-9939.