Remington & Kissimmee Bay One Designer, Two Diverse Experiences

Kissimmee Bay Country ClubAs host of one of the PGA Tour’s most celebrated non-major tournaments, regular on every golf publication’s short list of America’s top golf cities and home to nearly 90 public golf courses, it’s reasonable for tourists and locals to have high expectations every time they tee it up here in Orlando.

Much like highly-touted college recruits or first round draft picks, Remington Golf Club and Kissimmee Bay Country Club had even more to live up to after both being nominated as one of America’s Best New Courses by Golf Digest in the 1990s.

These sister courses have met, even exceeded expectations, by giving golfers the opportunity to play unlimited golf for very reasonable rates on two distinct 18-hole championship courses, making “Stay and Play” easy and delivering the customer service and quality expected when paying a visit to one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.

“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my round at Kissimmee Bay just before the PGA Show in Orlando,” said Doug Christy of his visit to Kissimmee Bay in late January. “Your facility was top notch and your employees in the pro shop, dining room, and the starter were fabulous!”

Remington Golf ClubAnd as evidenced by their well-connected Web site (www.playgolfkissimmee.com), Remington and Kissimmee Bay have embraced social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to keep their loyal customers up to speed on specials, tournaments and breaking news. You can also stay up-to-date by joining the eClub online. Subscribers will receive specials offers via email.

Remington and Kissimmee Bay recently gained access to 50 new rental homes in and around each club. The homes are just minutes from both courses, creating exciting new “Stay and Play” opportunities.

Whether you’re in town for a meeting or convention, or you live just down the street from Disney, these outstanding sister courses continue to provide one of the best golf experiences Orlando has to offer.

Two Unique Designs

One of the greatest things about golf is its diversity in experience. Because the game is driven by the courses we play, one day’s round can be as different, yet equally as enjoyable, as the round before and the next one to come.

A links-style course offers one set of challenges and visuals, while a traditional American-style course provides an entirely different set. It is, to be sure, a unique aspect of the game -- every time you think you’ve experienced it all, another course comes along and changes your entire perception and, often times, appreciation for golf.

Such is the case with Kissimmee Bay Country Club and Remington Golf Club, sister courses that share their designer, zip code and popularity in common, but have unique personalities and challenges all to their own. Though located a mere mile apart from one another, Remington and Kissimmee Bay are two vastly different golf courses.

While Kissimmee is carved around gorgeous century-old oaks, Remington offers a more wide-open feel with multiple water hazards and tie-wall bulk-headed greens.

Remington & Kissimmee Bay One Designer, Two Diverse Experiences

The sharp contrast between the two courses is even more surprising given they were crafted by the same architect. Renowned designer Lloyd Clifton built Kissimmee Bay and collaborated with his son, George, and fellow designer Ken Ezell at Remington.

While Clifton certainly gave each course its own unique characteristics and identity, he did share his affinity for risk-reward design, placing multiple water hazards and strategic bunkering throughout both layouts. The two also reflect Clifton’s flair for thoughtful, scenic and even at times strategic landscaping that lends to the enjoyment of a round at both courses.

Over the years, Remington has earned quite the loyal following, in large part due to its popular “All You Can Play” program that allows golfers the opportunity to play multiple times in a given day for one low price. The “All You Can” program also extends to the practice facility, and even to the clubhouse where golfers can eat allthey can; but hopefully following the round rather than before it.

At Remington, Clifton crafted a contemporary design that is equal parts challenging and fair. The layout features rolling fairways, lush greens and water hazards on all 18 holes. Ultimately, it is not simply the presence of these hazards but rather their positioning that adds to Remington’s challenge. Clifton expertly wrapped many of the holes around the water hazards, creating numerous risk-reward opportunities that will test the mettle of the most daring golfer and the accuracy of those that choose to play it safe.

Kissimmee Bay

With five sets of tees, Remington can play as short as 5,200 yards or stretch out beyond 7,100, making it playable for golfers of all skill levels who can bite off as much or as little as they care to. The course offers a nice variety of holes, including an impressive set of par 3s that are among the best in Central Florida. Water looms on two of the holes and the greens on all four par 3s are well-guarded by bunkers, placing a high premium on accuracy.

Since its 1990 opening, Kissimmee Bay has separated itself from other Central Florida courses in regard to its design, friendly atmosphere and member amenities. Like Remington, Kissimmee features its fair share of water hazards (16 of 18 holes, actually) but unlike many Florida layouts it also meanders through clusters of pines that help to craft both the feel and the challenge of the course.

Much of that challenge comes from the live oaks and towering cypress trees that line the fairways at Kissimmee Bay and the dozen water hazards that are strategically placed throughout the course.

Always in impeccable condition, Kissimmee was nominated as “One of America’s Best New Courses” by Golf Digest and has an active and thriving membership base, which also enjoys privileges at Remington as part of the program.

Remington Golf Club

Though it stretches to only 6,800 yards and plays to 6,000 from the white (middle) tees, Kissimmee Bay boasts a collection of par 5s that, to many, are the highlight of the round.

To book tee times online, or to obtain more information on each golf course and available “Stay and Play” packages, visit. www.playgolfinkissimmee.com.

 

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