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Mission Inn Resort was in the spotlight recently in two television program episodes that filmed at the property: the Fox Sports golf show 18 Holes with Jimmy Hanlin and the pilot of Guns for Hire, a comedy on Amazon Prime. The site selections are the latest evidence of the solid relationship Mission Inn has built with Orlando area location scouts over the past six years.
It all started when Callaway Golf chose the resort in 2013 to shoot a video advertisement featuring golf great Ernie Els. The production company was impressed by the resort staff’s hospitality and personal attention.
“We just made sure they had a variety of spaces and gave them the attention they needed,” said Michael Bowery, director of golf at Mission Inn. “Like everyone who comes here, we make them feel welcome.”
Since then scouts have been recommending Mission Inn to their clients and connected the resort with PGA TOUR Entertainment, which has done numerous shoots on the property. Scouts appreciate the multitude of setting options around the resort and the natural backdrops, particularly on the historic El Campeón golf course.
“I continue to be impressed with the beauty of Mission Inn’s golf courses, with the charm of the resort, and with its film-friendly support staff,” said Alan Levi, a location scout and film production manager for the Orlando area. “Mission Inn has never failed to provide exactly what national and international clients need for a successful production.”
Location scout Stuart Smith, a prominent figure in central Florida filming, echoed those sentiments.
“Few if any courses in Florida have been built in rolling hills like you find in that part of Lake County. And certainly none I have scouted are maintained to the degree Mission Inn’s courses are,” he said. “The ownership has been fantastic about working with film crews for as long as I have been in the business.
“There are nice courses closer to Orlando proper,” Smith continued, “but I find that once I show clients the quality and vistas of the courses MI has to offer, they are hard-pressed to consider anything but Mission Inn for filming.”