December 13, 2014
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.
October 6, 2014
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