Golfers now have a third reason to visit Mission Inn Resort & Club, the historic resort located in the rolling hills of Florida’s citrus country 35 minutes northwest of Orlando. Besides having two of Central Florida’s top layouts – the iconic El Campeón and Las Colinas—Mission Inn’s new “Triple Play Package” adds a third layout, nearby Bella Collina Golf Course, a Nick Faldo design, to the lineup.
The three courses present a wide variety of challenge and scenery. The must-play El Campeón (The Champion) is one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the South, having opened in 1917. An original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón’s classic design accentuates elevation changes that are unique to the region.
Las Colinas (The Hills), which opened in 1992, lives up to its name with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Its large, undulating greens are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and incorporate large water hazards on many holes.
Bella Collina, a short drive from Mission Inn Resort (guests must provide their own transportation) features open fairways and sweeping dunes, overlooking the vineyards of Central Florida, as well as Lake Apopka and Lake Siena. From its longest tees, Nick Faldo’s luxury golf course design measures more than 7,500 yards.
Using the Highlands rolling terrain as his inspiration, Faldo created a traditional valley-style course unique to Central Florida, with open fairways and sweeping dunes. The design takes advantage of the long sweeps of the hillside and forest where parts of two holes are now located. At the heart of this is a 75,000-plus-square-foot Tuscan-inspired clubhouse – the Grand Bella Collina.
Here’s a look at the “Triple Play” experience, which is available all year:
• Choice of accommodations (three-night minimum stay is required)
• Daily breakfast buffet in La Hacienda restaurant
• 18 holes of golf at each course (one round per day)
• Shared golf cart and full access to the golf facilities
• Club cleaning, storage and bag tag
Built in classic Spanish Colonial style, the resort’s main buildings feature176 guestrooms, suites, and villas, as well as three restaurants and two lounges. Mission Inn (www.missioninnresort.com) is also a favorite destination for weddings, a home base for wine tours of local vineyards and wineries, and the home of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
Rates for the “Triple Play Package” begin at $166 per person, per night (based on double occupancy and a three night stay), and are subject to change in January 2016.