SHINGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB (407-996-9933)
Florida Golf Course Review
Shingle Creek Golf Club came onto the Orlando golf scene in December 2003, with an 18-hole championship facility designed by David Harman. The property is situated in a
prime location - minutes from the Disney resort area, and exudes class and style in every sense of the word. This course is the centerpiece of the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort,
which opened in September of 2006. The 1500 room resort features oversized accommodation with luxurious beds, 9 dining choices, a full service spa, 4 swimming pools, tennis,
beach volleyball, basketball and much more. For more information on this five star resort property, click here.
From the moment ones checks in at Shingle Creek Golf Club, the wonderful service and amenities that define an experience here takes hold. Service attendants greet golfers at
the bag drop, and direct visitors to the stylish clubhouse which includes a spacious, fully stocked pro shop. The restaurant/lounge provides a nice atmosphere and comfortable
seating while it serves up a lunch and early dinner menu. A fabricated putting green is situated in the lounge, and from the brick patio one can view the outdoor sandwich shop
which serves hot and cold sandwiches, beverages and snacks. The locker rooms for men and women are quite luxurious - with private shower stalls, sitting areas and dark cherry wood lockers.
On course golfers will enjoy the new fleet of golf carts equipped with UpLink GPS, ball & club washers, coolers, and cart covers to protect clubs during inclement weather. There is
a spacious grass range, putting green and short game area with practice bunker. Although the GPS will provide golfers with all the info they need to know, the course is also
marked with 150 yard stakes and sprinkler heads that are measured to the center of the green. Each tee area is also furnished with yardage blocks. From the 5 sets of tees golfers
will be able to choose from distances that play to 7228 yards/139 slope, 6701 yards/134 slope, 6314 yards/130 slope for men and 144 for women, 5787 yards/118 slope for men
and 137 for women, and 5081 with a slope of 132.
With Tif Eagle putting surfaces and 419 Bermuda fairways and tees, the course is in excellent shape from tee to green. Though most fairways are quite wide, mounding and
bunkers define the landing areas, and in some cases are difficult to avoid. In total there are 95 sand traps, with water in play on 16 of the 18 holes.
Some good news however - the fairway bunkers are not high lipped - which means fairway woods and long irons may be played at times to help with recoveries. The putting
surfaces roll true and quick and provide some fairly level areas from which to score on, but on the back side especially golfers will encounter some double tiered and ridged greens.
The first hole at Shingle Creek is a signature hole with water all along the left, and trees lining the right. Three bunkers guard the green. Mounds and bunkers define the landing
zones on two, and a long, deep bunker that fronts the green is a detriment to par on number three. Huge bunkers and significant greenside mounding stand out on the next three
holes, which if played effectively will leave the possibility of a strong finish. Number 7 is the course's easiest hole, though those landing in the grassy swales and collection areas
in front and to the sides of the putting surface may beg to differ. Eight presents a wide landing area off the tee that narrows from 100 yards in, meaning the prudent shot will land in
the 130-110 yard area. Nine is an exciting finishing hole, as it doglegs sharply left with an approach over a water hazard. A tee shot to the 150 stake or just left will set up for an
advantageous second shot.
The back nine features a simple opening hole and the par four 11th features a pond short left of the green that is not readily visible from the fairway. Four bunkers also guard the
putting complex. Water is in play to the left of the fairway on twelve, which is the course's number one handicap. There are hazards on both sides on thirteen and the long par four
14th is inundated with fairway bunkers. Forget the traps - which are visually intimidating but should not come into play, and aim at the 150 yard stake. Actually, this is a pretty good
idea on most of the four pars, as this barber striped pole doubles as a viable directional device. The par three 15th presents a carry over water - do not be short as the sloped bank
with funnel balls into the hazard. Though another lake is on play to the right of the dogleg left par five 16th, this is a very score-able golf hole. This precedes the par three 17th,
which is pretty enough to be considered a signature hole. A risk/reward par four finishes the back side, with a fairway bunker situated in a prime location in the dogleg.
Shingle Creek is conveniently located with easy access to the airport - ideal for a first round of a trip, or for the day of departure. Better yet - check into the Rosen Shingle Creek and
make it your home during your stay in Orlando. Excellent service, comfort and first class amenities and activities make it a perfect property for both vacation and business travel.
For more info on the Shingle Creek Golf Club, visit our page for this course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.