Remington & Kissimmee Bay - Two Spectacular Courses One Mile Apart

Kissimmee Bay Country ClubLongtime Orlando favorites Kissimmee Bay Country Club and Remington Golf Club might share the same owner, the same designer and the same zip code in common, but don’t let proximity and partnership fool you, these two classic courses provide their own unique challenges and characteristics that make them both Central Florida must plays. The fact they are located a mere mile apart just makes it easier to do just that – and during most of the year on the very same day.

Family-owned and operated since they opened, Kissimmee Bay Country Club and Remington Golf Club are favorites among locals and visitors in large part for their great value, terrific conditioning, welcoming staff and challenging layouts. They are both located a short distance from the Orlando Airport and not far from the major attractions of the Orlando area.

The similarities between the two courses, however, pretty much end there. While Kissimmee is carved around gorgeous century-old oaks, Remington offers an open feel off the tee with multiple water-hazards and tiewall bulk-headed greens.

The sharp contrast between the two courses is even more surprising given they were crafted, in part, by the same architect. Renowned designer Lloyd Clifton crafted Kissimmee Bay and collaborated with his son, George, and fellow designer Ken Ezell at Remington – collaboration so well received that Remington landed on Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” list in 1996.

Remington Golf ClubWhile 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 round at both courses.

With two special courses so close in proximity and so diverse in challenge, it only seems fair to make them even more affordable to play. To that end, both offer special same-day replay rates at the sister course. But if a golfer cares to set up shop at just one of the courses for the entire day, there is great value being offered there as well.

Both courses offer a popular “ALL YOU CAN Practice, Play and Eat” program that provides all day access to the great amenities at Remington and Kissimmee Bay. As part of this special deal, players receive unlimited practice balls and unlimited access to the golf course for the entire day. Sweetening the deal, players get breakfast on arrival, a hot dog and soda at the turn and lunch in the full-service restaurants. Rates vary, so visit www.golfinkissimmee.com to get current pricing.

“This program has become really popular at both courses,” said Mark Farrow, general manager of Remington Golf Club. “It’s a value that is very difficult to beat in this area.”

That program, coupled with a friendly staff and solid attention to detail, has earned both layouts considerable loyalty from year-round and part-time residents. Yet due their location and reputations, plenty of visiting golfers to the Orlando area certainly have both courses on their itinerary.

“We are one of the closest courses to the airport,” Farrow said. “That makes it convenient to make Remington or Kissimmee Bay their first round in or last round out of the area.”

Remington & Kissimmee Bay One Designer, Two Diverse Experiences

Given the diverse nature of the courses and their dynamic challenges, making one the first and the other the last (any order will do) would be a really smart move.

Since its 1989 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.

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, for many, are the highlight of the round. To wit, the 585-yard ninth takes a back seat to no other par-5 in the area, challenging golfers with three separate water hazards that come into play on each shot heading to the green. The crescentshaped hole wraps around a lake to the left off the tee and features a second lake to the right challenging the second shot and a third body of water protecting the green on the approach shot. Par is great on this hole, but most players will accept finishing it with the same ball they started victory enough.

Kissimmee Bay

On the back side, Clifton crafted several enjoyable shot-making holes around and between five ponds, highlighted by the beautiful par-3 16th, which features breathtaking views across Lake Tohopekaliga. As lasting memories go, this hole will create one for sure.

At Remington, Clifton crafted a temporary design that is equal parts challenging and playable. The layout features rolling fairways, lush greens and water hazards on 17 of 18 holes. Ultimately, it’s 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.

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.

Remington & Kissimmee Bay - Two Spectacular Courses One Mile Apart

Among the highlights on the front nine is the 402-yard par-4 eighth hole. While finding the fairway on this hole is important, the true test comes on the approach shot to a half-island green that is raised out of the water by rail-road ties. With water protecting the entire right side of the putting surface and a large bunker posted on the back left, the eighth green may very well prove to be the toughest to hit in regulation at Remington.

The challenge of Remington’s inward nine is highlighted by the 580-yard par-5 13th. With a sharp dogleg left, position off the tee on this hole is critical to set up a manageable lay-up before attacking one of the most difficult greens on the course. The putting surface is protected by numerous bunkers and is perhaps the most undulated on the course, making par no gimmie  even when hitting the green in three.

Both Kissimmee Bay and Remington feature expansion practice facilities, highlighted by Remington’s unique water driving range that features target greens from multiple areas. Likewise both offer expansive banquet facilities that are ideal for weddings, charity events and corporate outings.

For more information on both Remington and Kissimmee Bay, visit www.playgolfinkissimmee.com and discover all that makes these two courses so special – both for the same reasons and some ultimately unique to each.

 

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