Mystic Dunes Golf Club
Mystic Dunes Golf Club overview
Situated just 25 miles southwest of Downtown Orlando, Mystic Dunes Golf Club is located on-site at the Hilton Vacation Club Mystic Dunes Orlando. The modern Clubhouse has a fully-stocked pro shop, as well as Kenzie’s Restaurant and Lounge, which is open 8am-10pm and serves American pub cuisine.
The Club is home to an extensive 60,000 sqft of practice facilities, including a driving range, chipping and putting greens, and a practice bunker area. This course requires good short game, so make the most of these practice facilities. Mystic Dunes has been rated four stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, so this is certainly one to add to your Orlando checklist!
Mystic Dunes Golf Course overview
The par-72 golf course was designed by Gary Koch, measures 7,012 yards from the tips, and opened in 2001. The front nine plays in a “low country style”, like most Carolina-style courses, meandering through native wetlands and marsh areas, while bordering oak and cypress forests. Contrastingly, the back nine has a Western feel and embodies distinctive characteristics of a British Isle links course, with extensive perimeter mounding and pot bunkers as well as large, sandy waste areas bordering lush, perfectly manicured fairways.
Mystic Dunes’ greens were named among the most difficult in all of golf by the 2008 PGA Professional Guide to travel.
The signature hole at Mystic Dunes is the 177-yard par-3 2nd hole which features a waterfall to the left of the green.
Did You Know
Course designer Gary Koch is a PGA TOUR Champions member, as well as an announcer for NBC. When designing the course, Koch drew inspiration from Alistair Mackenzie to create big, artistic, topsy-turvy putting surfaces. This is highlighted on the par-5 5th hole, where the tiers of the green drop almost ten feet, more than some Florida courses vary in elevation over their entire 18 holes.