The luxurious Villas of Grand Cypress offers golfers and non-golfers alike an unparalleled experience of recreation and relaxation. Rated the number 1 luxury resort in Orlando, Villas of Grand Cypress is a destination stop for many business and vacation trips around Central Florida.
The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf courses offer an unparalleled golf experience while the resort includes luxurious villa-style accommodations, numerous recreation activities, elegant cuisine and much more.
Grand Cypress has played host to some of the best golfers in the world, including the LPGA, World Cup of Golf and Greg Norman’s Shark Shoot-Out. Offering 45 award-winning holes that challenge the best players in the world, Grand Cypress also provides an enjoyable family experience as well. In fact, rated as a Top 100 Resort and Top 100 Course You Can Play, Grand Cypress offers something for everyone and received accolades for Best Resort for Family Foursomes and 50 Best Courses for Women.
Jack Nicklaus meticulously designed each of the 45 holes at the Villas of Grand Cypress were with the North and South Course opening in 1984 while the East Course followed only two years later in 1986. All three nine hole courses play to a par 36. The North Course plays the longest at 3,620 yards followed by the South Course at 3,588 and finally the East Course at a friendly 3,365 yards.
The original North/South combination is a demanding shot-makers course that penalizes wayward shots. Scenic views include ledged fairways, flowing mounds and greens protected by water and sand. The friendlier East course offers generous landing areas with fewer bunkers. The signature fifth hole on the East course features a beautiful par three island green.
Although the North, South, and East Courses offer unique challenges, the layouts all complement each other for an unmatched day on the links. In 2008, Nicklaus redesigned and renovated several holes on the North and South Courses resulting in a longer and more distinguished golf experience.
Nicklaus, who won 3 British Opens, stated, “My love affair with St. Andrews and the Old Course began in 1964, and to this day, remains one of my favorite golf courses in the world to play.” The New Course at Grand Cypress opened in 1988 and pays homage to the Old Course at St. Andrews. This course is probably the closest thing most will experience to the links golf at St. Andrews.
The 1st and 18th holes are the most comparable, even down to similar stone walls, bridges, and bunkers. In addition, Grand Cypress has the Hell Bunker, Valley of Sin and several double greens. The New Course measures 6,773 yards from the back tees and plays to a par 72.
Grand Cypress Academy of Golf
Grand Cypress offers a state of the art 21 acre Golf Academy with the latest teaching equipment, separate range, practice greens and bunkers. Best of all, the Golf Academy offers a short course available to students and resort guests. The short course is a popular venue for playing lessons with instructors or a simple warm up before your round. The Academy offers private lessons, schools, clinics and more while being rated one of the “Top 25 Golf Schools in America” since 1999.”