The People's Champion: Golf World Readers Rank OCN as No. 1 in Florida

Orange County National Golf Center and LodgeWINTER GARDEN - According to the readers of Golf World magazine in their recently released "Reader's Choice Awards,” Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge improved on an already excellent product. In the public course category, Orange Country National is now No. 2 in the nation. Last year Orange County National was ranked as the 8th best facility and the top-rated facility in Florida. This year OCN has maintained its No. 1 ranking in Florida while improving their national ranking based upon the reader's overall evaluation scores.
 
"We are extremely honored to be recognized by the readers of Golf World as one of the top golf facilities in the country. Our entire team works hard every day to provide a superior golf experience and rankings such as this validate those efforts" stated General Manager, Bruce Gerlander. 

Golf World readers were asked to evaluate several thousand of the nation’s golf facilities in three distinct categories, private, public and resort, based on 13 different performance criteria, such as quality of the course, course conditions, reputation/prestige and service.

A weighted average of these categories determined the final course score used for the rankings. Orange County National totaled a final score of 94.47 on the strength of the top ten scores in all key categories. OCN scored the highest of all public facilities for its pro shop and practice facilities, and had the second highest scores for Overall Value as well as Prestige and Reputation. More than 46,000 readers took part in the evaluation process.

"While we were flattered to receive such a high ranking, it was frustrating to see how close we came to receiving the number one slot.  When we took time to review all of the rankings and took note of who the second-ranked Private (Augusta National) and number two Resort (Bandon Dunes) facilities were however, we felt no regrets at all," added Gerlander.

OCN's Panther Lake course 

OCN's Crooked Cat course
 
Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge is located in Winter Garden, Florida just outside of Orlando and is home to two championship golf courses (Crooked Cat and Panther Lake), a nine-hole short course, the world's largest practice range and a 48-room lodge. 

Many awards and honors have been bestowed upon Orange County National since it first opened in 1997, including Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play," receiving a coveted 4 1/2 star rating on each course every year since becoming eligible.  

Orange County National has also hosted many prestigious tournaments, highlighted by the 2003 - 2005 - 2007 PGA Tour Q-School Finals and is slated to host that event again in 2010.   

 

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