Mission Inn Resort & Club - El Campeon Course

4.6686000000 4.7 stars from 5 (528)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7015 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

  • 10400 County Rd 48, Howey in the Hills, Florida 34737, Lake County
  • (800) 874-9053, 352-324-3885
  • (352) 324-4199
  • www.missioninnresort.com
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Year built: 1917
Architect(s): C. E. Clarke (1926), George O'Neil (1917)
Type: Resort
Greens: Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No t-shirts or tank tops. Shorts are allowed but must be proper style and length. No tennis shorts or athletic shorts.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7015 yards 73.8 136
Blue 72 6601 yards 72.0 135
Historic 72 6242 yards 70.3 131
Challenger 73 6073 yards 69.6 130
Gold 72 5624 yards 67.4 121
Gold (W) 73 5624 yards 72.9 133
Red (W) 73 4811 yards 68.6 125

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 528 Reviews
5 stars:
391
4 stars:
111
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

508 out of 526 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks dinner brunch  

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"Challenging!"


Jiraporn7874199's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

That course has every character : easy to difficulty, low to high elevations, water and bunkers!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course Conditions"


Phillyphan1216's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only complaints I have about the course were the sand and the murky ponds. Hitting out of the traps was like hitting off of concrete. If they spent money on the traps, it would be a nice track. This has nothing to do with the superintendent, as they are only as good as their budget. Otherwise, the pace of play was great and the greens were running fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Unique Florida Course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
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Reviewed on

The five holes which have elevated tees and greens, plus holes like #17, make this course uniquely great. The course is in excellent condition, the greens fast and undulating. Highly recommend!


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


"Wonderful Layout, Recommend Highly & Worth the Drive"


Halacious's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After golfing for 6 days straight, my buddy and I agreed that this course and the Grand Cypress New Course were the top two. That's pretty high praise because we also golfed Bay Hill.

The course layout is wonderful with lots of elevation changes. Unlike some of the other courses I have rated, the course if fairly tough, but very fair. What you see is what you get. Some beautiful elevated tees with great views hitting down onto a general fairway. We will definitely be back to golf this course. Last bit of advice: On #17 Par 5, you have to hit your second shot well right and down close to the water to clear the devilish large tree perch right in the middle of the fairway. There's a bunker in front of the water worst case if you hit it too close, you'll have a 85 yard fairway bunker shot over water, but better than being blocked out! Enjoy the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor service and experience, okay golf course"


Yusuf7753262's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We decided to play this course base on the online reviews and accolades. We were very disappointed with the quality of service from the staff and overall experience. There was nobody to greet us, we had to offload our bags and load onto the cart, there was no starter to provide pin position or insight on the course, and the clubhouse was more like a flea market. The course condition was okay and the greens were slow. We were expecting a much better experience. Please keep in mind we have played other top tier courses that provided much better golf/experience. Shingle Creek, Tranquilo, Waldorf Astoria, Grand Cypress, Orange County National, Ritz Carlton.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"AMAZING"


u3636585's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I think this is the best course I've ever played. Absolutely impeccable and pristine. Fast greens, unusual holes . Anytime I'm in the area, it'll be my first choice.


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


"Long Day on tired course"


1Bearcats's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We are staying about 10 miles from Disney property, and was looking to play a new course after many trips to Orlando area. The ratings on Golf Advisor were outstanding, so we decided to play today. The rate of $99 was fair, but the course was significantly below the quality of courses we have played in the area, In April, the course should be lush, and well kept, but looked and played more like January conditions. The greens were recently top-dressed, but understand this maintenance. Biggest complaint was the pace of play, teed-off at 10am, and waited for 18 holes. In total the round took 5 hours to play, which is at least 30-45 too log. Did not see a single ranger to ask how were doing, or push to the groups ahead of us. Learned that a group of 20 golfers were ahead of us, playing scrabble format, which is fine, but play was so slow. Would not recommend anyone staying close to Disney property make the 50 min. drive.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice layout and elevation changes"


u429854673's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
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The course was in great condition and greens looked good but were very slow. I was disappointed in such a nice course having greens that slow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pretty Amazing"


smgeo62's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played the course with a good friend, we also picked up a third and his wife (spectator/caddie/pin tender/bunker raker), she was awesome. Upon arrival the staff was very timely and attentive. We had an 11:08 tee time so I arrived at about 9:30 or so to warm up and grab a bite to eat. Well not so fast, the restaurant was not open so there was no breakfast available except perhaps something from the cart girl who I did not see until about #7. So I started feeling a little famished, (if you have an early tee time get breakfast on the way). Range balls were not included in the $85.00 price which I found a little odd I guess. Typically when I pay that much to play golf pre-round range balls are included(not the case here). Nor do they provide for any type of Military Discount while I do not always expect it I always ask. The golf course was absolutely amazing tee boxes, fairways, and greens were in great condition. We noticed that they had removed the Black Tee Markers from play probably not a bad thing for first time visitors. No issues with pace of play. I have played golf in lots of places, this does not feel like a Florida course lots of elevation changes and just a beautiful course. Sand in the bunkers seemed to be very heavy and thick. I was able to card a 92 while my good friend scored 90, it was a great challenge and we will go again. If you live in the state of Florida this one is worth a visit, you will not be disappointed. Well except for that breakfast thing....I'm Just Saying......Cheers,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


JeanSloan's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
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Reviewed on

Excellent course, condition & layout

We played as a two as did the 3 groups behind us. We followed 4 members playing in THEIR course at THEIR pace so we were backing up & waited at numerous holes


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Who knew New England could be found in Florida"


u180083355's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We booked this course never having played or heard anything about it. What a great surprise and treat to find such a great course that in some ways resembles our golf courses New England, tree lined with water features and real elevation changes. Greens that had breaks in them and had great pace. The layout is great and conditions were pure

We will be back in the future


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


"Beautiful layout"


Paul1509478's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing this course and it reminded me a little of playing back in Wisconsin . A lot of adulation on this course instead of maple and oak trees there is palm trees. The next time I play this course I'll be better a couple of holes have blind shots where I thought I hit great shots only to find out I was in hazards or tree obstruction such as hole #17 I have played at least 20 courses in the Orlando area and this course is by far the best and in great shape!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Mission Inn"


Joe3929020's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolutely outstanding day. Book a Hot Deal tee time and we were the first ones out. Golf course was fantastic. Playing a course with hills in Florida is something different. Quickly became one of my favorites.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"El Campeon shines, but thirstily"


Pete5646216's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played twice yesterday. One of the nicest courses in the area. Course conditions are 5 stars across the board and nicest greens with truest roll we played all week. Super friendly staff. Awesome layout with surprising elevation changes. Only thing knocking it down a star is lack of fresh drinking water on the course and rarely saw cart girl. 85 degree day made that critical. Wife who is a 17 hcp loved the red tees and felt they were fair to her.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u646624025's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great golf course. Varied elevation, great hole layout and beautiful 100+ year trees and shrubs. Good osprey nest about hole 14. Hole 17 is a super challenge.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Central Florida Gem"


u8579675's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My son and I had a great time at Mission Inn. A short drive from Orlando, yet El Campeon felt like you were in another state with its rolling hills. Definitely a refreshing change from the flat courses of Central Florida. We finished in just under 4 hours on a Saturday, so pace of play was great. The course was in really great shape too. I would describe the course as challenging but not ridiculously difficult. The fairways are spacious and at times forgiving. Greens were fantastic. The value for the price makes it worth the drive. Well done Mission Inn!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent experience"


burgalah's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

played 3/11 w/ 716am tee time. Got out early with another single. Course conditions were overall fantastic. Greens were immaculate. Fairways were excellent. Tee boxes were great. pace of play for two people a little over 3 hours. Great deal on golfnow for almost half off. Great wandering layout. No two holes alike. Elevation changes unlike most FL courses. priority on shot placement. cant spray it off the tee. overall great experience. Mosdef come back again. Worth the extra $. Didn't go to the driving range or restaurant inside but they had a beverage cart riding around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best course around"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
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This is the best course around the Orlando area and in great condition this year.


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


"All I can say is "WOW!!!""


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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played this course with 6 of my buddies. Yes, it was a drive from Kissimmee, but well worth it!! It was in such good shape and such a great layout, I would honestly say that I could play this course every day, every time I'm in Florida. Lots of challenge and elevation changes.... great change from other Florida courses. All my buddies said it was the best course they ever played and probably would EVER play! We played early and saved $36 each. Played behind one other group and pace was great. Island greens are a treat. Lunch was good, but a little overpriced. Don't miss this course when you're within a couple hours drive!!! It IS that good!! Well done Superintendent and staff!!! Much appreciated!!


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



David2162891's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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