skip to Main Content

El Campeón Rated No. 2 GOLF COURSE In Nation by Golf Advisor

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. (February 4, 2016) – The 99-year-old El Campeón Golf Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club has been ranked the second-best course in the nation and the best in Florida for 2015 by Golf Advisor, the leading website community of reviewers.

In the recently announced “Best Of Golf Advisor 2015” Top 25 U.S. rankings, El Campeón received a Five-Star designation overall, the highest ranking possible.

Opened in 1917, the El Campeón (“The Champion””) is one of the South’s vintage 18-hole courses. An original member of the 53-course Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón showcases classic design as well as sharp elevation changes unique to the region.

“It is a distinct honor to be ranked second in the entire country by Golf Advisor,” said Donna Beucher Line, part of the family ownership of Mission Inn Resort & Club. “We appreciate the Golf Advisor contributors recognizing El Campeón’s blend of Old Florida charm and tradition, along with its variety of shot-making challenges.”

Golf Advisor is committed to sharing golfers’ first-hand experiences at courses around the world. The U.S. rankings were compiled using reviews from everyday users, as well as expert lists from the Golf Advisor editorial team.

“From start to finish it’s a great experience,” one Golf Advisor reviewer posted. “Plenty of F/B service on the course. Course was in pristine condition. Greens were superb. It’s not your typical resort course. When you play it, you know it’s almost 100 years old. It just feels historic.”

Located in the rolling hills of Central Florida’s citrus country 35 minutes northwest of Orlando, the iconic Mission Inn Resort boasts two of Florida’s finest courses – El Campeón and Las Colinas. Mission Inn also is home to the nationally acclaimed Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.

Along with outstanding golf, Mission Inn Resort offers numerous activities including hiking and biking, tennis, fishing on nearby Lake Harris, and trap and skeet shooting. There’s also swimming, a fitness center, and the Spa Marbella.

Built in classic Spanish Colonial style, the resort’s main buildings feature 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas, as well as three restaurants and two lounges. Mission Inn is also a favorite destination for weddings, as well as a popular base for wine tours of local vineyards and wineries.

For more information about Mission Inn Resort or to book a golf vacation, call (352) 268-9574 or (352) 324-3101, or visit

About Mission Inn Resort & Club

Mission Inn is a four season resort located in the rolling hills of Central Florida’s Lake County in the town of Howey-in-the-Hills, 35 minutes northwest of Orlando, celebrating its 50th year of family ownership and management. The destination resort features classic Spanish Colonial architecture, 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, two championship golf courses, three restaurants, two lounges and poolside bar. Recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting range, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, fitness center, nautical center with 52-slip marina, fishing, and powerboat and go eco-touring. The 6,200-square-foot Spa Marbella provides an extensive menu of treatments and services. More than 30,000 square feet of well-appointed indoor and outdoor event space is available for meetings, banquets, holiday parties, weddings and special occasions. For more information, guests may call (352) 268-9574 or visit the resort’s website at

Media Contact

Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations
Office: (908) 963-6013

Mission Inn Resort & Club -
Premier Golf Resort in Central Florida

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. There are different ways to evaluate courses and “the experience” of the visits to them, but in terms of “The Golf Course” El Campeon won us over by some margin.

Comments are closed.

Logo Footer - Mission Inn Resort & Club

(352) 324-3101

(800) 874-9053 (toll free)

10400 County Road 48

Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, USA 34737

Contact Us