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Orlando and area
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February 18, 2015
11:36 am

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Hi fellas and ladies.  I just thought I would give some hints for the snowbird crowd heading to the Orlando area.

Firstly----this place is huge---2.5 million plus

Secondly----the i-4 is horrendous and will be getting worse for the next 6 years---complete renovation---new bridges--more lanes and toll lanes---and you thought the Queensway in Ottawa was bad  !!!!

Thirdly----stay out of Orlando proper---there is nothing there that retirees need.

This may sound like a downer review--it's not.

The weather has been great---every day above 60 degrees since Feb 1---a little cool early morning but it is still short time except at 7:00 am

There are lots and lots of courses but you have to do your research.  For retirees that play for enjoyment and want a decent course you will pay around 40.00.  The resort courses are around 75.00 plus but very busy and slow.  The high end ones-----140.00 plus .

Some courses over seed tees and greens--some don't.  Some also do fairways--so check out the course first if you don't want tight lies.

There are courses that charge a premium if you are not a resident---sometimes you can get around that by purchasing a play card or seasonal membership.

Your best bet is to book a week in advance and play between 10:00 and 12:00------------most courses run out of carts by 11:30 but will still take a 1:00 t-time and not tell you that you will have to wait for an hour to tee off-----------bad PR.

DO NOT use Golf Now or Golf 18---it's a joke----you are much better to reserve by phone at the course if possible.

Some courses require CC for booking and will charge for now show---be careful.

I would say so far for our 33.00 to 42.00 we have played courses equivalent to the Canadian and Outaouis.

I would also like to say I have yet to see a practice facilities that match the Canadian.  Maybe Orange County but I have not been there yet.

For the Ottawa group---we actually played a course that was worse than Bear Brook---paid 42.00---lost 7 balls in the fairway etc etc. Bear Brook is heads above in condition and price.  Stay away from Kissimmee Oaks-----it is in sw Kisimmee.

The suburbs are a lot like home--just busier as there are that many more people.

We watched the rocket launch "live' over the roof tops----about an hour away via crow flight.

From what we have seen the area is newer than a lot of beach areas that we have looked at previously and we can see the reason for the "gated communitys"

Are we coming back---absolutely---booking for next year today---for 3 months.

February 18, 2015
6:50 pm

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Thanks addicted. Great advice I am sure a lot of other forum members can use

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