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“Slow Play + Abusive Shop Staff = Bad Choice”

Grande Pines Golf Club at the Marriott
Ranked #44 of 121 Outdoor Activities in Orlando
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Owner description: Grande Pines Golf Club is ideally situated right off Orlando's International Drive, next to Marriott's Grande Vista Resort, and close to all the exciting attractions, finest restaurants and the Orlando Convention Center.Renowned golf course architect Steve Smyers has designed one of Central Florida's most dynamic new golf courses. In partnership with six-time major champion Nick Faldo, Smyers created each hole of Grande Pines Golf Club to be a strategic challenge that will bring out the best in each player's game.
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Played there today - The course is in pretty good shape, the design is "okay" - difficult with some interesting holes - lots of challenging approach shots and you'll need a good bunker game to score well. There are some good deals on green fees if you shop around, including close to your tee time on the course web site. Nice warm up/practice area.

My problem with the place was the really really slow pace of play. Took over 5 hours. At one point the marshall apologized to the three groups waiting on the 13th tee - said a small stakes pro tournament that morning was still on the course and holding up everything in front of us. He offered us the chance to play the front 9 again or get a voucher for a free nine at the pro shop at the end of the round. I thought that was a nice offer, except....

When we went to the pro shop after the round the guy behind the desk was a complete jerk. He claimed to know nothing about any voucher and said we were only 15 minutes behind there target pace of play - claimed we finished in just over 4 1/2 hours. I told him to check that again as the round was over 5 hours. He basically called us liars but said he'd give us vouchers anyway - which ended up NOT being for a free nine holes as promised but for a discounted nine after a specified time (which was at a price one could get on line).

Hey, they didn't owe me a free nine holes. But they shouldn't abuse their customers. And it would have been nice if they noted a pro tournament was scheduled that morning on their "course condition bulletin" that appears on their on-line web site (in which case I'd have played somewhere else).

From my experience I'd say if you want to beat balls at difficult, very slow golf course this is the place for you. However, if your time is valuable and you have any self-respect, there are many other options in the area that deliver comparable value without the abuse.

3  Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The course is nice, in perfect shape and the staff was nice and friendly. Rental clubs are not cheap but brand new

Thank acolombo66
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We played Grand Pines at the end of September. We got a great rate via the Marriott golf deals email. For $39 we got unlimited golf plus lunch. We hired clubs, which were the latest Taylormade Rocket Ballz woods and irons. They also chucked in free Taylormade golf balls. The course is great. A good test of golf. Not too long but you really have to think about your shot making. The service at the course sets it apart. Excellent service in the club house and on the course. We will definitely come back again next time we are in Orlando.

1  Thank Amoscow
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We enjoyed playing Grand Pines. The course was immaculate and it wound through several properties. The front and back nine were both pretty tough with lots of water and deep bunkers. I would recommend the course for the price.

Thank rubletx
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Exceptional service from the pro shop paired with an exceptional golf experience. We trusted that this would be good based on experiences with other Marriott properties. The course plays very fair for multiple levels of players. We would go back and play again if presented the opportunity.

1  Thank Mike P
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