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The Mission Inn Resort & Club, 35 minutes northwest of Orlando, celebrated its 50-year anniversary in terrific style in 2014, thanks to a mix of old-school southern resort service, championship golf and luxurious modern amenities that make families and golf groups come back again and again. Its two 18-hole courses, El Campeon and Las Colinas, are complemented by an array of outdoor activities available to golfers and non-golfers like, including skeet and trap shooting, a marina, fishing, power-boating, bicycling, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The resort has acres of jogging and bicycle paths winding through the property.
The 176-room Spanish Mission-style hotel has three restaurants, two lounges, an outdoor swimming pool, a poolside bar, fitness center and the 6,200-square-foot Marbella Spa, which offers an array of treatments. The resort is popular as a retreat for corporate team-building exercises, family getaways and weddings, and golf-buddy trips.
For golfers, the true gems of the Mission Inn Resort are its two golf courses, both awarded four stars by Golf Digest. El Campeon, built in 1917 and one of the oldest in the South, is part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Built by George O’Neil and Charles E. Clarke, El Campeon offers as much as 85 feet of elevation change — a rarity in Central Florida. A companion course, Las Colinas, was is the more recent product of Gary Koch and Ron Garl. Both courses have been repeat venues for NCAA championship events.
Mission Inn Resort is the full-time home to Gary Anderson’s Schematic Golf, which uses schematic drawings and high-tech equipment to demonstrate the preferred golf swing. A few times each year, Mission Inn is the Central Florida location for Bird Golf Academy and its’ “Ultimate Golf Learning Experience.”