There’s an art to booking a golf vacation, beyond the travel logistics and accommodations. You have to create a rhythm to your rounds.
Fresh off the plane or out of the car, don’t play the toughest track on your list. Those two dozen balls you packed need to last, along with your patience. Ease into the vacation with a round where you can hit a loose shot here and there without severe penalty, where there’s a challenge but not a mental grind.
In Orlando, start the golf vacation at MetroWest.
Many online trip reviewers and MetroWest’s own staff play up the fact that this Robert Trent Jones Sr. design (one of just two in the greater Orlando area) is exceedingly generous off the tee, perfect for those first swings on vacation.
Add in some nice elevation changes for Central Florida and solid greenside bunkering and the course is a good test, especially from the 7,051-yard gold tees (par 72). It’s just not one that will wear you out before your golf trip picks up steam.
MetroWest advertises itself as 2.5 miles north of Universal Studios; let the record show it’s also three miles from world-class shopping at the Mall at Millenia. While I played golf recently, my wife and daughter shopped. Winners, all of us.
Three cool holes:
- No. 9, 405-yard par 4: The course’s most challenging tee shot; the hole bends left around water to the green in front of the clubhouse. PGA Tour long-baller John Daly cut it all off once, driving the green.
- No. 14, 562-yard par 5: Your second shot is sharply downhill to a green with water on the left and behind. The Orlando skyline is visible beyond the hole.
- No. 17, 226-yard par 3: The longest par 3 flies over water and a creek to a well-protected green.