New course at Grand Cypress Resort Orlando Golf

The Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida features 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus designed golf highlighted by the eighteen-hole New course. Inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews, considered by many as the birthplace of golf, the New Course is not necessarily a replica course. It pays homage to the great golf courses in Scotland.

There are a number of noticeable similarities between the Old Course in St. Andrews and the New Course in Orlando, which opened in 1988. A creek that fronts the first green on the New is similar to the Swilcan Burn at St. Andrews. The 17th hole at the New resembles St. Andrews’ famous Road Hole, and the fifth hole, with its bunkers on the right side of the fairway, is similar to the Principal’s Nose and Deacon Sime at St. Andrews.

Among the key design features that replicate those of the Old Course are St. Andrews style stone bridges and walls, a snaking burn (creek), a starter’s hut overlooking the first tee, the double green system, 5-foot flag pins, deep pot bunkers with ladders (some bunkers as deep as 12 feet) and simple white fences.

Lending an air of authenticity are discolored fairways during the winter months. The resort does not overseed the fairways, which causes them to turn brown. When the wind blows hard during January, February, and March in central Florida, golfers can immerse themselves even deeper in a Scottish links dream. To further enhance the experience, golfers have the option of walking the New course.

Measuring 6, 773 yards and playing to par 72, the New course has very little water that comes into play and there are very few trees. It’s set in the middle of an open meadow accented by grassy mounds and burns. The course has three sets of tees for different skill levels and greens and fairways are Bermuda grass. There are a whopping 150-plus bunkers and the ninth hole alone has 21. The course rating is 72.2 and it has a slope rating of 122.

The New Course is the centerpiece golf course at the 1,500-acre resort. Guests stay at the 146-unit Villas of Grand Cypress, a Mediterranean-style complex and the 750-room Hyatt Regency hotel, which has commanding views of a twenty-one acre lake with 1,000 feet of white-sand beach. Amenities include the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, twelve tennis courts, a spa and nature and exercise trails. Nearby attractions include Downtown Disney shopping and dining complex, Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld and Discovery Cove.