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“Great Course to play near Orlando Attractions”

Grande Pines Golf Club at the Marriott
Ranked #41 of 118 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.
Cleveland, Ohio
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33 reviews
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“Great Course to play near Orlando Attractions”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

The course is close to all if the Orlando attractions which makes it very easy to get to if your staying nearby.

The course was in excellent shape. It has four sets of tees. The starter recommended the black tees for scratch golfers, <10 handicap for the green tees,> 10 for the gold tees and the whites for women, juniors, and seniors. We started playing the gold tees but moved back to the blues on about 2/3 the holes so that we would play different clubs on our approach shots. The golds were short, so you would hit driver and <9 iron on most par 4's. a few of us hit through the fairway on several holes. But this should not have happened if we paid more attention to the GPS unit on the carts which are excellent with a lot of info ( including the distance from the other carts).

The pace of play was excellent -- we finished in 4:20 with a starting time of 9:33.

There was not a lot of trouble off the tee and hardly any carries over water ( the first tee was one of the exceptions). But, the greens were really tough , as were the pin placements the day we played. Most of the greens look large but where you are on the green relative to the pin was huge. Many greens had large slopes and multiple tiers. I am not sure any of us had a flat putt all day. So, 3-puting was pretty common in our group. Also, the greens are protected with a lot of steep sided bunkers which were also really challenging. And, most greens were elevated up to create steep run-offs - so if you miss the green or don't hold the green don't expect to find the ball sitting just off the fringe. Normally they ran off 10 to 15 yards. The greens were very receptive and putted true -- just very hard to read. Fortunately the day we played there was almost no wind, but I can imagine this course would be tough in high winds.

The staff was excellent, the beverage cart very timely, and just a fun place to play.

Visited March 2013
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Temperance, Michigan
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18 attraction reviews
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“Great Course, but poorly Run”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Booked a tee time for 1:48 pm on a Saturday. All of the carts were out, so we had to walk to the driving range. Right at the assigned tee time, we got our carts, but hard to get ready. The course was great, in very good shape, changeling. We had a foursome ahead of us, that were very slow. At the turn we were over 30 minutes behind. Never saw a ranger. At 6:30 pm we had to quit do to darkness. I would play again.

Visited January 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Wonderful golf course, wonderful staff, great resort course”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Having golfed over 500 holes in the last couple of weeks, from Hilton Head to Orlando, the Grande Pines golf course still remains a favourite. Wonderful staff make a big difference - warm receptions, personal attention, sets the tone for a great golf experience. Reasonable rates, with replay options and golf packages.

The greens are true and fast, the bunkers well maintained, and the fairways generous, but, still a test from the tees. The rough is challenging, grabs the ball, but, that is what one would expect from a good golf course.

Grande Pines, we will be back.
James Patrick Kennedy, Director of Golf
Go Golf Events Management
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Visited January 2013
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Dundrum, Ireland
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“Great course and facilities”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Loved this course. it is not overly difficult and is in great condition. The carts are great as are the facilities. We hit a few balls on the range and then hit the course. It was a hot day so the girl on the drinks cart going around the course was very useful. There are some great holes and the clubs we hired were excellent. Ill be back again.

Visited January 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“beautifuf”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The view is fantastic , and as there is a hotel almost inside it is very convenient . There are carts to link them. It is a good contrast to see the Sea world park from the fields of the golf club....

Visited February 2012
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