Friendly service and lots of water at Hawk's Landing Golf Club at Marriott Orlando World Center
Located at the Marriott Orlando World Center, Hawk's Landing Golf Club is a resort course alternative to the three Walt Disney World courses. The property is just minutes from the gates of Disney and features a layout that is very comparable in style and green fees to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Course or Palm Course.
Hawk's Landing originally opened in 1986 and was designed by architect Joe Lee, but the course was extensively updated and modernized by Bob Cupp in 1998. Today's look features a lot of water, infinity-edged bunkers and waste areas. It's a typical Florida resort course in that there are a lot of forced carries and water to navigate, but at just 6,602 yards from the tips, isn't overly demanding for low-handicappers. There are three forward sets of tees, with the forward set a generous 4,746 yards.
With Marriott having recently lost the Grande Pines Course to development in Orlando (at Marriott Grande Vista, closer to Sea World), Hawk's Landing is a good 18-hole option for golfing Marriott Club Members thanks to the 2,008-room hotel and additional villa accommodations. (Marriott also has nine-hole Grande Vista Golf Course and the higher-end Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in town).
Facilities include a full driving range and practice center, as well as GPS in the carts. Staff is very accommodating. For the 19th hole, head a few steps from the clubhouse up to the hotel, which has a massive, airy atrium with dining and bar options after golf.
According to Golf Advisor ratings, Hawk's Landing ranks between sixth and seventh place among the top Orlando resort golf courses. Read Brandon Tucker's full review of Hawk's Landing on Golf Advisor.
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