The dimples on a golf ball help it fly farther with greater accuracy, just as the dimples on a baby help it steal candy from gullible strangers. Find your adorably sporty sweet spots with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a day of unlimited golf, including a golf cart, range balls for the first round, and club rentals (subject to availability) at Orange Lake Resort's Crane's Bend golf course in Kissimmee (up to a $65 value).
Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson opened Orange Lake Resorts, a hodgepodge of villas, hydro-soaked attractions, and golf courses. After securing their clubs (a $15 value) and pre-round range balls (a $5 value), sphere-smackers can warm up before clambering atop a golf cart and rocketing across the nine-hole, par 30 Crane's Bend course (up to a $45 value). Nineteen hundred yards of bermuda-laden fairways and TifEagle greens compose the course, which is enhanced by clusters of trees and a flora-festooned fountain lake. Each hole pays homage to a different type of winged thing, such as the osprey and bald eagle. Make a mute swan squawk at hole 8, or swing by hole 6 to see if the wood stork has any spare babies.
After surviving the roughage and escaping from all the quicksand traps, pop by the pro shop to build up your personal stash of clubs, golf bags, pros, or Orange Lake Resort paraphernalia. Stick-swingers should be sure to reserve their rounds outside of tournament times, and are eligible for additional course romps on their day of golfing glory at no extra fee (subject to availability).
Orange Lake Resort
The scenic fairways, greens, and hazards of four golf courses blanket the grounds at Orange Lake Resort, drawing in golfers with layouts designed by some of the game's premier architects. Beyond the signature course designed by Arnold Palmer, the resort makes use of native pines, wetlands, and flowing water in a pair of nine-hole executive courses. Each of the courses also sells name-brand apparel, accessories, and equipment in their onsite pro shops. In addition, a full range of practice facilities—from lighted driving ranges to putting greens and chipping greens—lets golfers hone their skills before their big-stakes auditions for the Tin Cup sequel.
Elsewhere on the resort, visitors can relax in a 1,200-foot-long lazy river, tan on beaches surrounding an 80-acre lake, or explore the bars, restaurants, and shopping centers that populate four villages covering 1,450 acres of the Orlando tropics.
8505 W Irlo Bronson Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747Get Directions