Panther Lake at Orange County National

4.4816588235 4.5 stars from 5 (489)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7350 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 76.0
  • Layout

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  • 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, Florida 34787, Orange County
  • (888) 727-3672, (407) 656-2626
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Year built: 1997
Type: Public
Greens: Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Champ 72 7350 yards 76.0 139
Orange 72 6849 yards 73.3 132
Green 72 6394 yards 71.2 127
White 72 6011 yards 69.2 120
White (W) 72 6011 yards 74.9 129
Tan (W) 72 5319 yards 70.8 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 489 Reviews
5 stars:
304
4 stars:
141
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
12
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

458 out of 489 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers playing multiple courses locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Terrible Fairway condition."


parkyw4's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They put seed of Rye-grass and have to keep the cart on the cart path only.

I don't understand why the fairway condition changed so bad this year.

It used to be one of the best this area.

But, now it is B grade golf course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



sam2507623's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was not told about course being reseeded. We walked at least 8 miles and 5 1/2 hr round. I’m not happy with golf now not warning ⚠️


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout but just overseeded"


wbpenney's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout unfortunately overseeded and cart path only. As a result the fairways and tee boxes were a bit "furry". The additional walking (over typically wide fairways) added about 20-30 minutes to the round.

WOould have been nice to know this before booking. Under normal conditions, great course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


rsdjrsdj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately it was cart path only so it slowed down play,which ended as a 5 hour round..Course is in great shape,very challenging for all levels which makes I it fun....

Will go back...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/15/2017:

We look forward to having you back on #PantherLake soon!


uTRVG7726TR's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/15/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation!

"Slow Day"


johnbhig50's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

With a start time of 12:30, we certainly expected to finish before dark. Barely made it. I'm a little spoiled because I'm used to finishing a round in less than 4 hrs. Over 5 hrs. and waiting on every tee and fairway was brutal. Love the course, greens are great but FAST.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/15/2017:

Thank you for sharing your experience playing #PantherLake!

"One of the best"


paulsturgess's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Don’t come to Orlando for golf without playing Panther Lake. It’s simply one of the best courses in the area and always in great condition. We always try to get in a couple of rounds while here.

A whole host of tee choices (5) gives every standard a proper challenge. There’s a host of greens staff keeping it looking its best, and the course marshals keep the pace going well.

Well stocked pro shop and comfortable bar/restaurant. Cheery cart girl on course.

Priced very reasonably.

Can’t wait to return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/09/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! Our staff is thrilled to hear about your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again!

"Great Greens"


JMandry's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great shape with very fast greens. Good challenge for every level golfer. Unfortunately very crowded and slow play. We had an afternoon t-time and were given a cart without sand or ice bucket. No courtesy water for afternoon golf. Cart ran out of power bt hole 15


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/07/2017:

Thank you for playing #Panther! Our staff looks forward to providing another great day of golf. See you soon!

"The Panther is Awesome"


DAB4par's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First, all due to an awesome Hot Deal Special to get to play this awesome course at a greatly discounted price. The greens are awesome, and the layout is fun. Crooked Cat is fine, but I even liked Panther Lake better. OCN is just an awesome facility, practice areas with numerous teaching Pros ---just the place to fine-tune your game. I was paired up with a gentleman & we played as a 2some --not held up nor pushed from behind, so no complaints from me ..............except for too few pars & too many scrappy shots.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/03/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake and sharing your 5-star experience!


u000005239505's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/01/2017:

We're sorry to hear you were not able to recommend the course at this time. We hope you can play another round with us soon so we can improve your next experience!

"Multiple signs of a poorly run company"


u000007722574's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When I played here Thursday there were many signs these courses are going downhill.

1. Poor set up on the cart (no sand in either the jug or the basket, debris and no tees, and I had to load my own bag while the three attendants talked among themselves.

2. When I went to the range there was a lot of broken tees and other debris on the practice tees. Several of the flags on the range had fallen down and there was no signage on where to get the balls.

3. I went to the bar to order lunch and after waiting 20 minutes for my order was told there was only one cook and it was going to be slow. It’s 12:30 and they have run out of warm hot dogs that are kept by the bar, so now that isn’t an alternative. No lunch. Ugh.

4. I get to the first tee and the starter said there is a 10 minute delay which turns into a 25 minute delay. Why didn’t the person who checked me in at the pro shop tell me that. I could have waited 25 minutes longer for the kitchen to get me my food. LOL.

5. The cart gal shows up on the second hole in a maintanence cart. No sandwiches, she had to throw them away when her cart broke down. Really, they cart get her a cooler? The snicke4 bar I bought was sitting in 1 inch of water/ice so a small part of it wasn’t melted.

6. It was a 4 hr and 49 min round. Only course out of 5 that I have played in the last r days that was over 4 hrs 10 min.

So you see the place is poorly run, all aspects of it. I’d avoid going here, better places to spend your money.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/01/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us! Your feedback on customer service is greatly appreciated. A nice lunch and consistent pace of play are important to a fun day of golf and we understand that this was not delivered on this particular day. We hope you can come back and try us again, perhaps for a round on Crooked Cat!

"Has gone downhill!"


u000005239505's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has gone downhill since I played it 4 years ago. No range balls were available, 5 hour round, smoking in the cart area, both restaurant and pro shop were closed at 6:00. Huge 200 yard carries! Waited half an hour after tee time to tee off.

Paired two couples with men instead of two couples and four men. Not enjoyable. Overrated!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 11/01/2017:

We're sorry to hear you are not able to recommend the course at this time. Thank you for bringing these concerns to our attention so we can address them for next time. It is our goal to have you back on the course and provide a great day of golf.

"Always a treat"


scottlilly's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really good layout with tough opening holes and challenging closing holes. Although the fairways are a bit thin in places, the greens roll true with a good speed. Great value for the price!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/27/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the layout and found a good value with us. See you soon!

"Excellent as usual!"


ClintMcQueen's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a solid consistent course. I've played it many times and it never fails to disappoint. The course condition was excellent from tee to green. The greens were rolling fast and true. Just like they should. If you haven't play OCN, you are missing out. Both courses are fantastic and have their own personalities. I look forward to going back in November.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake time and time again! We always enjoy providing excellent customer service and a fun day of golf. See you soon!

"Revenue focus leads to poor delivery"


Geoff4396132's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Arrived to first tee on time., 7:40 am. Starter missing a group. 9 people arrive late, only 7 booked. Created 3 x 3balls sent them out, result we are 30 minutes late starting. Last group of the 3 groups (probably due to 2 new players, very poor) lost 2 holes on others in first 9. Marshall kept telling us he had asked them to catch up but did nothing, over 5 hour round. Clubhouse not coping with people 35 minute wait for sandwich and drink. Staff are nice and friendly but excessive focus on revenue is selling more than they can deliver in a quality manner. Ruined our day


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/27/2017:

Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. Our staff works hard to provide the best experience every time and we realize pace of play is an important factor. We hope you can come back and give Crooked Cat a try so we can show you a great day of golf.

"Great course but very slow"


iandkerr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great course and it was in good condition with very fast greens. Pace of play was awful for about 14 holes due to an outing - the ranger kept us informed but no round should be that slow! Would recommend.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/27/2017:

Your recommendation is greatly appreciated by our staff at #OCNGOLF! Thank you for playing Panther Lake.

"Panther Lake"


relackey's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Challenging layout. Shot making is critical. Some risk reward holes. A must play in Orlando area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/27/2017:

Shot making is definitely a critical component to success on Panther Lake. Thank you for playing! We look forward to your next round.

"Nice track"


54869965027's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course layout with some fun holes. Fairways were tight and pace of play was over 5 hours with no real reason. Greens were very fast as they typically are at OCN.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! We look forward to seeing you again, maybe for a round on Crooked Cat!

"Excellent course"


u000001986478's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played here several times over the years and love it . It is one of our favourite courses in the area . Beautiful scenery and great layout . I'm not sure how it will look when they build all the houses around it but that is for the future . All the staff we encountered were very pleasant and doing a real good job .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! Our staff looks forward to seeing you again for another excellent day of golf.

"Lovely to play and a challenge"


u000003946641's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved this course,conditions,starter,staff ,all very good. A real challenge to play and very enjoyable,however,some holes were hard to navigate,ex 3d and sixteenth I think,signage could be a bit better,starter explained,but us old ones tend to forget.

Enjoyable though


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your day and shared your 4-star experience. See you soon!


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