Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – With lush fairways, undulating greens, dramatic elevation changes and challenging water hazards, Mission Inn Resort & Club's two championship golf courses will create a memorable round for golfers of any ability.
El Campeón (The Champion) – The par-72 El Campeón is the third oldest resort golf course in Florida. Built in 1917 by famed golf architect George O'Neil of Chicago, this classic historical course features tee to green elevation changes of 85 feet, which is very unusual for Florida. With water on 13 of the 18 holes, the course has two holes with peninsula greens and one with an island green. El Campeón's signature hole is the Devil's Delight, the par 5, number 17, which features a double dog leg over water, sure to challenge any golfer!
El Campeón is the host location for many tournaments, including NCAA events, the Florida State High School Championships, and eleven Collegiate championships in 2011 to name a few, in addition to being named Florida Course of The Year by National Golf Course Owners Association.
El Campeón features six tee box options allowing players of varying to skill levels to either challenge themselves, or enjoy the course at a more leisurely pace:
- Black – 7,001 yards, par 72, rated 73.8, slope 136
- Blue – 6,601 yards, par 72, rated 72.0, slope 135
- White – 6,250 yards, par 72, rated 70.3, slope 131
- Gold – 5,624 yards, par 72, Men rated rated 67.4/slope 121 Women rated 73.7/slope 135
- Green – 5,345 yards, par 73, rated 72.0, slope 125
- Red – 4,811 yards, par 73, rated 68.2, slope 129
Las Colinas (The Hills) – This par-72 Las Colinas course was designed by former PGA Tour player Gary Koch in 1992. The course has been recognized by Golf Women as a recipient of the publications "Top Fairways" honors. The course differs from El Campeón in that it is longer, but has more open fairways and larger greens. Las Colinas' signature hole is the par 5, number 12 "Alligator Alley", designed to share with golfers Florida's natural resources! In addition, the course's front nine offers two scorecards, with the second option designed for families and junior players.
Las Colinas features six tee box options allowing players of varying to skill levels to either challenge themselves, or enjoy the course at a more leisurely pace:
- Black – 7,230 yards, par 72, rated 74.8, slope 135
- Blue – 6,829 yards, par 72, rated 73.2, slope 131
- White – 6,365 yards, par 72, rated 70.9, slope 126
- Gold – 5,608 yards, par 72, Men rated 66.7/slope 116 Women rated 73.9/slope 141
- Green – 5,323 yards, par 72, rated 71.2, slope 128
- Red – 4,922 yards, par 72, rated 69.8, slope 135
Golf Instruction – Mission Inn offers multiple golf instruction opportunities with three different academies located on property.
- Mission Inn Golf Academy – Teaching Pro, Gary Anderson can help with all aspects of your game from tee to green.
- Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy – The list of PGA and LPGA Tour Players who have come through Gary Gilchrist's academy continues to grow each year. Influenced by famed tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, who consistently developed world-champion junior tennis players, Gilchrist developed his own golf training system that combined the three most important areas of the game: technical skill, physical fitness and mental conditioning.
- Bird Golf Academy - Mission Inn Resort & Club is Bird Golf's exclusive Florida location. The academy offers three-, four- and five-day packages that include video and digital analysis, daily on course playing lessons, unlimited use of practice facilities and golf courses, plus accommodations.
The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a secluded 1,100-acre Spanish Colonial resort featuring exceptional accommodations, golf, tennis, marina, dining, trap and skeet, conference, wedding and spa facilities located just 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Howey-in- the-Hills, Florida. For more information visit www.missioninnresort.com or call 800-874-9053.