Panther Lake at Orange County National

4.5131764706 4.5 stars from 5 (469)
  • 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
  • (407) 656-4045
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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: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 469 Reviews
5 stars:
297
4 stars:
134
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

443 out of 469 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near local attractions   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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G9120's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Great Track Poorly Run"


u000002149930's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf course, range and putting greens are phenomenal. The pace of play and running over a half hour behind at 9 o'clock in the morning is a bit dumbfounding. Can't say enough great things about the golf course but the staff was useless. 5+ hour rounds are killing golf and Orange County National does little to deter this. To make matters worse having groups hit into you while waiting for greens to clear made the day even worse.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/17/2017:

Thank you for bringing the pace of play concerns to our attention in the pro shop. Our staff works hard to accommodate all golfers, especially on particularly busy days. We look forward to seeing you again so we can improve your next experience.

"Wow"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The introduction to Orange county couldn't of been any better, Leon was an absolute gem and couldn't of done any more for us.

The staff in the clubhouse were excellent as well. The course challenging but fair. Quality of the course,the best I've played in Orlando

However the one downside was, we were Told the bar was open when we finished. Entered the bar ,we asked if it was open ,bar lady looked at us like dirt,said no ,then proceeded to serve another gent. Obviously made enough on tips during her spell ,and made us feel unwelcomed.

This left a bitter taste in our mouths on what was otherwise a fantastic day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/17/2017:

Thank you for rating us the best quality course in Orlando! We're sorry to hear about your customer service experience in the bar. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. See you soon!

"water !"


u000005754102's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There are no drinking water facilities on the course. And to take water with you, you must know to go into the restaurant and find the ice water dispenser. Should be at the cart pick up area


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/17/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation! We appreciate your feedback on drinking water, but there are definitely drinking water stations located around the course. Please feel free to ask the pro shop for all locations before your next round. See you soon!


Colin626's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/17/2017:

Your review and recommendation are greatly appreciated by our staff!

"Great course, challenging, excellent condition"


snaknut's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

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

Reviewed on

Everything about the course was great. challenging layout, 6,400 from the green tees, greens rolled nice, had a good and enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/12/2017:

We're happy to hear about your 5-star experience and excellent course conditions. Thank you for golfing with us!


porkyp's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing Panther lake or Crooked Cat.

The course was punched a couple weeks prior, however the greens putted consistently and that is what matters. The only downfall for me was, I left a 9 iron somewhere while playing and other than that it was a great golf day.


Pace of Play: Good

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 10/12/2017:

Your 5-star review is greatly appreciated by our staff! It's very nice to hear greens are putting consistently and recovery is going well. We're looking forward to cooler weather coming our way in Orlando!

"Orange County National"


Melvin4153779's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played the Crooked Cat course and it was great!!! The greens were slick even with dew on them as I had a 7:21am tee time and as the dew wore off the got a little faster. The course is beautiful and very well kept. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I will come back and play it again. Sucks not being a Florida resident as if I was the rates would be even cheaper. I will definitely play this course again before I leave the area. For the $$ it cant be beat...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/10/2017:

We're happy to hear you decided to play Crooked Cat during your visit! Thank you for golfing with us and sharing your 5-star experience.

"Great Course!"


aplynam's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played this course right after the Crooked Cat course on Saturday. Course was wide open until I hit a threesome around hole 11. Course is in great shape except the greens were still recovering from aeration with sand filled aeration punch marks. Layout was challenging and made you think a bit more than the Crooked Cat. Fairways were in great shape as were the tee boxes. Saw the car girl twice. One thing you want to have out there is your own water. The drinking fountains are pure hose water, just nasty. OCN may want to fix that as most high end courses do not have that problem. The OCN website states that the course is unspoiled by houses but apparently the days of the course not being encroached upon by real-estate development are apparently over as there is plenty of build up going on. That is too bad because it is such a peaceful course to play. I got to 15 and was run off the course by a pretty big storm. At one over par, I can't wait to get back and play the course and finish up. Great staff across the board at OCN, great practice facility (driving range teeing area had little grass on it). Pace of play was much faster than Crooked Cat until I hit the threesome at 11, who would not let me play through until 15, but by then the weather went south. Overall, I look forward to going back to Panther Lake.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

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 10/12/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! The layout definitely offers tougher shot selection and the fairways are in great shape. We look forward to seeing you again!

"Crooked Cat not Panther Lake"


Mpollock79's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I re-scheduled my round due to weather and played the Crooked Cat course instead due to a tournament. The course was a tough test of golf from the blue tees, but the biggest test was the speed of play. Almost 3 hours for the front nine made for an 18 hole round of just over 5 hours. I have never walked 18 holes and been close to 5 hours, so for the play to have been this slow with buggies is incredible. there were course marshalls, but they clearly were not doing their job. I spoke to some who walked off the course after 12 holes, which is not acceptable. Good course that is worth consideration, but beware it could be slow.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/17/2017:

Thank you for playing Crooked Cat! We appreciate your feedback on the pace of play. Our staff works hard to accommodate all golfers on the course, but rounds should never reach 5+ hours. We hope to see you again so we can improve your experience on Crooked Cat and see you try a new challenge on Panther Lake!

"Slick Greens"


amanuel70's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was an absolute treat to play. Course was in great shape. The staff were helpful and the pace of play was great. The greens were running about 9 on the stint meter. We were told by course staff when the course is in peak condition the will run as high as 12. Every putt was a knee knocker when we played. If you like fast green then put this course on your list. We were treated with a bobcat sighting on the day we played. A fun course to play, we will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/17/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! The greens can definitely be fast, but it sounds like you were up to the challenge during your round!

"Despite the wet conditions rather good…"


tomik17's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Started as foursome, but were told by the two “gentlemen” to go on and play alone, as they wanted to be on their own. Something like that never occured to me yet…. The players assistant was surprised to hear that too. But we did not care and played a very pleasant round.

The course was surprisingly pretty good after the hurricane. Some places fairways were still rather wet, but well playable. Tee boxes and bunkers were OK. Greens were sanded, but rather fast and true. The only thing to complaint is the construction of the new houses on the second nine. If dry and little windy be prepared for a kind of a sand storm!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/12/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation! Our staff worked hard to maintain the course after the hurricane and appreciate the positive feedback on course conditions. See you soon!

"Great Value"


Steven2139567's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Was almost skeptical of the 35.00 golf now rate. Went on a recommendation and was very glad I did. Course was a great test and in good condition. The entire facility makes the golf experience great. Will definitely consider playing again if ever in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/04/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review! We're glad you found a good value. See you soon!

"Just outstanding facilities."


CheltenhamSparker's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value. Course itself was in great shape, the greens have been better but still in good condition. Highly recommend playing here if in the CF area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 10/04/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! Our staff is happy to provide a great value to our golfers.

"Quick round before Hurr Irma"


sidesm's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Orange County National courses continue to impress. Tee boxes and fairways were well manicured. Greens among the best in central Florida. Water features blend well with the mature oak trees. Practice facilities are second to none.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 09/14/2017:

We're happy to hear you were able to play a round before the storm! Thank you for playing and sharing your 5-star experience. See you soon!

"One of my new favorites"


Mark7128667's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the course, found it as a hot deal while vacationing. Enjoyed it so much that I came back before I left the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 09/15/2017:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake! We're thrilled to hear you decided to visit us one more time before you left. Looking forward to seeing you again!

"This course should be in your must play list."


u000001237194's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The one negative is that the greens were sandy and it would have been nice to be told that before booking.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 09/12/2017:

We apologize for the sandy greens, but happy to hear you enjoyed the course. Thank you for golfing with us!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 09/06/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us and sharing your 5-star experience. See you soon!

"Panther Lake"


relackey's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging layout. Great golf experience. Well worth the trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 09/19/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us and sharing your 5-star experience!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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 09/06/2017:

Your review of Panther Lake is greatly appreciated by our staff. Thank you for golfing with us!


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