Mission Inn Resort & Club just north of Orlando is a resort that appeals to everyone. Sure it’s not the Ritz, but there are plenty of those — you won’t find anything quite like the Spanish Colonial-style Mission Inn Resort.
For golfers, it starts with the older of the two golf courses. Mission Inn’s El Campeon Course, designed by Chicago’s George O’Neil in 1917 and enhanced in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland, has as much character as you’ll find in any Florida golf course. It’s been the site of NCAA championships, state tournaments and local pro events for decades.
These are not cookie-cutter holes on a typical flat piece of Florida land. The finishing stretch includes a par 4 with an island green surrounded by sand, palm trees and water on the 16th, an adventurous, tough par 5 and a dogleg-right par 4 that plays over water off the tee.
The 6,800-yard par-72 course is one of the two or three hilliest in the state, with elevation changes up to 93 feet that come into play on several holes, not only from elevated tees, but also approaches that add a club or two going back up the hill. That may not sound like a lot to folks who play in other parts of the country, but in Florida, that’s huge. And many of the greens have false fronts and quite a bit of slope.
“Every hole will give you something to think about,” said a GolfAdvisor reviewer. “Playing this course was truly a gift. Cannot wait to return.”