ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK
Located just minutes from Orlando International Airport, International Drive, Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, Rosen Shingle Creek is a popular convention and meeting resort during the week and the perfect home base for weekend revelers, with lovely luxury accommodations, several restaurants, a huge pool and all the right amenities — including a stellar Arnold Palmer Design Group golf course that underwent an overhaul in 2016 to make room for a new hotel wing. In re-routing a chunk of the front nine and tuning up the back for more drama and challenge, Orlando-based lead designer Thad Layton said he and his colleagues decided to “flip the script” and turn what was a fairly standard resort layout into something truly special by adding new driving lanes, squeezing approach angles, adding mounds and strategic bunkering and altering greens to give them more pin placements. The home stretch is particularly solid, from the drivable par-4 14th to the short-but-touchy par-3 15th to the reachable par-5 16th with a big knob that turns one green into two. Figure in the Brad Brewer Golf Academy for lessons, and Shingle Creek is one of the most complete golf offerings around. That’s saying something.