The Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort
United States of America, Florida, Orlando, Lake Buena Vista
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Next to Disney World’s attractions, yet worlds apart, The Villas of Grand Cypress is a distinctive retreat and award winning golf resort. Orlando's premier luxury resort destination, the facility comprises 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf, Academy of Golf, Equestrian Centre, Racquet Club, as well as a choice of activities and dining venues.
Accommodations are distributed between elegantly appointed Club Suites and one, two, three and four-bedroom Mediterranean-style Villas with spectacular views of the fairways and waterways. All include private patios and decks, and each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. With seven restaurants and five lounges, The Villas of Grand Cypress offers a diverse selection of both cuisine and dining atmosphere, from the understated elegance of the AAA Four Diamond Black Swan restaurant to La Coquina.
Recreation facilities at Grand Cypress Resort include a professional tennis centre complete with clubhouse and proshop, a world-class British Horse Society "Approved" facility, a state-of-the-art health club & fitness centre, outdoor pools with waterfalls and waterslides, and a 21-acre private lake complete with sandy beaches and boating facilities.
Boasting 45 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Cypress Golf Club offers four unique course combinations, each providing a distinctive playing experience. The North, South, and East Nines test accuracy rather than strength and distance. Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus' tribute to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews. These are complemented by the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" every year since 1999.
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The Villas of Grand Cypress
Accommodations are distributed between elegantly appointed Club Suites and one, two, three and four-bedroom Mediterranean-style Villas with spectacular views of the fairways and waterways. All include private patios and decks, and each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom. Villas come with a living room, dining room and fully equipped kitchen, while many also boast a jacuzzi and fireplace.
With seven restaurants and five lounges, The Villas of Grand Cypress offers a diverse selection of both cuisine and dining atmosphere, from the understated elegance of the AAA Four Diamond Black Swan restaurant to La Coquina. The later offers the unique experience of an exclusive Chef's Table, where guests dine inside the Chef's kitchen, watching the highly trained team preparing a daily changing menu, paired with a superb selection of wines.
Recreation facilities at Grand Cypress Resort include Grand Cypress Racquet Club, a professional tennis centre complete with clubhouse and proshop, Grand Cypress Equestrian Centre, a world-class British Horse Society "Approved" facility, a state-of-the-art Health Club & Fitness Centre, outdoor pools with waterfalls and waterslides, and Lake Windsong, a 21-acre expanse of water complete with sandy beaches and boating facilities.
AAA 4 Diamond Award Golf Resort
146 Guestrooms. Club Suites and 1, 2, 3 & 4-bedroom Villas
All with private terrace and waterways/ fairways views.
Villas with living room (fireplace) dining room, fully equipped kitchen and each room with private bathroom
The Black Swan (AAA 4 Diamond Award)
The Club Restaurant & Sports Bar
La Coquina - Chef's Table
Cascade (Hyatt Regency)
White Horse Sports Bar
Palm Café (Coffeeshop & general store)
5 Lounges & Bars
4 Meeting rooms accommodating 240
Health Club & Fitness Centre
Pools with waterfalls
Bicycle & fitness trails
Audubon Society Nature Preserve (Boardwalk)
Lake Windsong: Sandy beach and complimentary boats
Theme Parks: Walt Disney World + Universal Orlando + SeaWorld (Shuttle service)
• Grand Cypress Racquet Club
12 Tennis courts (5 floodlit) + 2 Racquetball courts + Clubhouse with Proshop + Daily clinics
• Grand Cypress Equestrian Centre
British Horse Society "Approved". Lighted covered area, jumping and dressage rings, professional instruction, riding trails and well schooled horses. 44 Stalls. Tack & Gift Shop
Grand Cypress Golf Club & Academy
• The New Course
Jack Nicklaus Signature (1988)
18 holes - 6,773 yds - Par 72 - USGA 71.5
The New Course adds another dimension of play to the Orlando golf scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus' tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns, and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet... all in the spirit of true Scottish original.
Very little water comes into play on the New Course, but when it does it just may surprise you. Very few trees are located within the interior of the course, creating plenty of room to drive the ball. However, even the best of drives will be challenged, as even the slightest slice or fade can cause the best of golfers to find themselves looking in the wrong fairway for their ball.
• The North, South & East Courses
Jack Nicklaus Signature
North (1984) 9 holes - 3,521 yds - Par 36 . USGA 37.4
South (1984) 9 holes - 3.472 yds - Par 36 - USGA 37.0
East (1986) 9 holes - 3,434 yds - Par 36 - USGA 36.8
Three combinable nine hole courses
The North, South, and East Nines offer a variety of mental and physical stimuli that test accuracy rather than strength and distance. The original North-South combination, marked by sharply ledged fairways, tall shaggy mounds, and plateau greens perched above water or sand, is a demanding, target-style test. The sportier, more wooded East Nine is more generous, with less bunkering (particularly in front of the greens) allowing for more run-up shots.
Within these 27 holes, the Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed North, South, and East Nines provide three distinctly unique 18-hole masterpieces. For the full round of 18, courses can be combined as the North-South, South-East, or East-North Course. Each combination provides a distinctive playing experience, which will challenge even the best of golfers.
In 2007 and 2008, the original North South Course was renovated and redesigned. Jack Nicklaus came back to Grand Cypress to change play on several of the holes. The end result is a longer course featuring course conditions that are even more grand than before.
EZ GO Golf carts with GPS + On course hospitality carts + Full practice facilities + Clubhouse with Proshop, Restaurant & Sports Bar
• Grand Cypress Academy of Golf
Grand Cypress Academy of Golf is truly the premier Florida Golf School for virtually every golf instruction need. Rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" every year since 1999, the Academy of Golf is a 21-acre facility in Orlando featuring golf schools, golf lessons, golf clinics and more that stay true to the Grand Cypress promise.
ModelGolf computer and one-on-one instruction + Private driving range + 3 Nicklaus designed holes
Golf in Orlando
• Walt Disney World Golf Resort
The famous them park boasted no less than 6 golf courses, although it has lost one of them, Pete Dye’s Eagle Pines when a new hotel was built on site ...
- Magnolia Course
Joe Lee & Rocky Roquemore (1971) - 18 holes - 7,488 yds - Par 72 - Slope 141 - SSS 76,0
As the longest course at Disney World Resort, the Magnolia's wide fairways encourage players to pull the driver often. Yet the course has plenty of pitfalls, winding through 175 acres of thick, Florida wetlands. There is water on 11 of 18 holes and just under 100 sand traps, which include the famous Mickey Mouse bunker on the par-3 sixth hole.
- Lake Buena Vista Course
Joe Lee & Rocky Roquemore (1972) - 18 holes - 6,745 yds - Par 72 - Slope 133 - SSS 72,3
This meandering course winds its way through lavish real estate, pine forests, palmettos, sparkling lakes and other wonders of nature where the classic country-club setting adds to the atmosphere. The small, slightly elevated, well-bunkered greens require accurate shots.
- Palm Course
Joe Lee & Rocky Roquemore (1971) - 18 holes - 6,991 yds - Par 72 - Slope 131 - SSS 73,7
This course offers many tree-lined fairways and features more than its share of water and sand, with water hazards on nine holes and nearly a hundred bunkers. The Palm’s Florida woodlands features sparkling lakes and tropical sand forming a gorgeous landscape that makes the course both a pleasure to play yet one of the resort’s toughest as well !
- Osprey Ridge Course
Tom Fazio (1992) 18 holes - 7,039 yds - Par 72 - Slope 127 - SSS 73,7
Located near Walt Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort amongst forests of mature oaks, pines, palmettos, and cypress trees, the native plant life and wetlands helped secure the golf course’s certification as an Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary. The lengthy links design incorporates dramatically elevated greens framed by high mounding and undulating fairways that cut through dense forests, offering unique rolls, ridges, and elevation changes not often found on Florida golf courses. There are also more than 70 bunkers coming into play throughout, and there is water on nine holes.
- Oak Trail Course
Ron Garl (1982) 9 holes - 2913 yds - Par 36 - Slope 113 - SSS 34
• Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Dick Wilson (1961) + Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay (1976-2009)
(27 holes: Champion, Challenger & Charger Nines)
- Championship course: 18 holes - 7,400 yards - Par 70 - Slope 140 - SSS 75,3
Opened to members and Lodge guests only
Bay Hill was originally developed on a former orange grove property close to downtown Orlando and the course commissioned to architect Dick Wilson to open in 1961. Today, Bay Hill is home to the “King” himself. Arnold Palmer fell in love with the place after being invited along with Jack Nicklaus, Don Cherry and Dave Ragan to play in an exhibition match in 1965. In 1976, Palmer bought Bay Hill Club & Lodge and it has remained his winter home ever since. In 1979, the Arnold Palmer Invitational was born and has attracted big sponsors and the top pros ever since.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge is a 27 hole facility and the Champion, Challenger and Charger are the names of the three loops of nine. The Invitational is played on the Champion and Challenger loops and this long, tight track is considered one of the toughest courses on the Tour. Palmer and his partner Ed Seay have altered much of Dick Wilson’s original design, so today’s Bay Hill is very much the spirit of the King. In 2009, the King again altered yet againa his classic course, “tweaking” the layout by getting the greens closer to the water, bunkers where there can see them and new tees now stretching Bay Hill to a whopping 7,400 yards.
Orlando & Disney World
One of the top family destinations in the world, Orlando seems doomed to always be related to its famous Walt Disney World and theme parks. In fact, the parks seem to have spread through the city and reach every corner with their glossy, gleaming and maketed tentacles. The Magic Kingdom was so successful that it has sprawled all over and nowadays you can visit a different theme park every day of the week ! Still, there are other things in Orlando than Disney fantasy and curious visitors will be surprised to find that there is a stylish downtown district and a thriving nightlife scene.
Walt Disney World
The Walt Disney World Resort, commonly known as Disney World, is the world's most-visited entertainment resort. Located in Lake Buena Vista, on the outskirts of Orlando, it covers no less than 30 thousand acres and is home to four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-four themed resorts, two spas and fitness centers, five golf courses and a host of other recreational and entertainment venues. The resort was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960’s to complement West Coast’s Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Walt died in 1966 before the resort opened and it was inaugurated in1971 with the Magic Kingdom as its only theme park - it has since added Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Seaworld, Universal Studios, etc.
Address & Contact
One North Jacaranda
Orlando, FL 32836
Lake Buena Vista (Disney World), Orlando
Orlando International Airport (MCO), 18 mi.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Subtropical, with mild, sunny winters and hot summers