Mission Inn Resort & Club - El Campeon Course

4.6671117647 4.7 stars from 5 (553)
  • 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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 553 Reviews
5 stars:
410
4 stars:
115
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

532 out of 551 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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"Great 36 Holes of golf & great practice green."


tjake53's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The past years since first playing both El Campeon & Las Colinas, I love playing here along with bringing my friends to play. One of my very golf clubs to play in Central FL.

Terry Jacobson


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



kb1212's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not Informed"


Bayonne17's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Booked course last week and no mention on Golfnow greens had bee punched earlier in the week. Got to the course and pro shop was very apologetic that information was not made public. As a VIP member it would be nice if Golfnow would make sure important alerts are put on their website so we as painting customers can make informed decisions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


u000006806030's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very great experience. Went for my 24th birthday. Arrived and the staff notified us of el campeon (supposed to play) just was aerified a few days ago. They moved us to Las Colinas at no charge and gave us range balls to warm up. Played the first 9 in a little over a hour. The last 9 took 3 hours but it was the weekend. Greens tee boxes fairways staff everything excellent. Thank you


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"El Campeón"


Melvin6833124's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Amazing course. One of the best courses in Florida. Staff is great.


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


"Fantastic, beautiful and hilly course outside of Orlando"


jwalla129's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This course was in great condition. Greens, fairways, and tee boxes are all very well maintained. I saw several groundskeepers upkeeping the course so you know they take great pride in the conditions of the golf resort. This is worth the 30 minute drive outside of Orlando to play here.

I saw the cart girl plenty of times and there were a few nice bathrooms along the course that had water fountains. I flew through the first 8 holes as a single with nobody in front but then it bottelnecked with a few groups of 4 that slowed us down. \

I would come back to play here as I had a great time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great value"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is an awesome course for a flatlander like myself. The elevation was a blast. Course was in good shape. Greens were in GREAT shape. Overall a great track for the money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"1st timer"


guitar622's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

First time playing this course...very nice staff and starter. Course in fine shape, although several bunkers had standing water. Greens roll true. I shall return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf as it was meant to be"


Pags821's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Stayed 2 days at the Mission inn and played el campeon twice. Course is one of the most scenic I've played. Played different tees on each day which really didn't make a difference. Course plays extra long with all the up and down terrain, not to mention the various lies (up/down/side hill) and elevated greens. Greens were in great shape, but way to slow. Take away all the screaming kids and ground crews trimming trees, and it was golf at it's purest. Btw, #17 has its own name (devil ?) hit a wedge to within 6 ft and made the bird. Great Staff and Superior resort!


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


"One of the best in Central FL"


thejam70's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Great course that will test you, with multiple greens across water, and nice hill features. Greens were soft, but fast. 3 some ahead of me was a bit slow, but allowed me to play through. For $40, this is one of the best values in central fl. Any price below $50 is worth it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



tmyers31552's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best courses I have ever played. Worth a drive from Atlanta just to play. Can't say enough good things about the layout, challenge, the entire experience. I've recommended this course to anyone with a golf club since first playing the course.


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 course"


airboss1013's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition and challenging. Definitely will 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


"Great course and terrific value!"


pfarach's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout of this course made it feel like I was playing on a mountain course instead of in Florida.

The only thing I was not too pleased about was the slow conditions of the greens. However, overall, it was a great experience for my first time on this course. I will definitely return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Crown Jewel"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

El Campeon lives up to its top billing. Amazing and challenging layout. Friendly staff. Great conditions. Couldn't ask for a better experience.


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



u792525392's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


I recommend this course


"Better Places to Play in the Greater Orlando Area"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I had time to play one round of golf before flying out of Orlando later that night. I decided to give this place a try as it had great reviews. I was also considering Grand Cypress, Orange County National, and Omni Championsgate. I found a Hot Deal time for Mission Inn so I took up the opportunity to play this course. I was very disappointed in the conditions of the course compared to the reviews I have read on multiple sites. The lakes and streams were all empty, there were bare patches around the greens and off of the fairways. I would give the facility a two star rating for the conditions, but the greens rolled nice and propped it up. Compared to the World Woods courses I played a few days prior, the conditions here left a lot to be desired. I could see how it could have been great at one point, but I would not recommend it in its current state.

The course design had some interesting holes. One thing that really bothered me though were two holes (one on each 9) that ran parallel to each other going across the same pond and up the same hill. These holes were virtually identical. When I play a course with 18 holes I do not want to play the exact same hole twice. The 17th hole was a standout and there were 2-3 other holes that were pretty unique.

For the same price, I would have much rather played Grand Cypress, Chamionsgate, or Orange County National. This course is a good local course, but not worth a drive from the greater Orlando area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/06/2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our facilities and are excited you found the greens to be in great shape. You may not be aware, but we are currently under a mandatory water restriction due to the drought like conditions in Florida and thus our lakes and ponds are a few feet below normal conditions. I'm sorry to hear you found the conditions and layout sub-par but hope you will give us another chance once we are able to irrigate on a regular basis.

Thank you for visiting.

Pro Shop


"Excellent Golfing experience"


GregoryWilliams's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We played El Champion course. We played early in the day. We felt like the only players on the course, so speed of play was excellent. the course was in magnificent condition, greens were smooth and true, the fairways were well manicured and all divots were filled and/or grown in. The overall experience was EXCELLENT. If you have not played this OLD course, you need to play it now.


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


Commented on 06/06/2017

Thank you for your great comments and for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you found the course in great shape and that you had a pleasurable experience. We hope to see you back soon!

Pro Shop



jimseamster's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
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


Commented on 06/06/2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our course! We are excited you had a great experience and hope to see you back soon!

Pro Shop


"Pure conditions"


rhassma1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You couldn't tell it has been very hot and very dry lately. Course was in great condition. Played the day after the week long D3 Men's National Championship and the greens and fairways were very well kept. Greens could have been a little faster but were very smooth. Definitely some challenging holes from the tips. Teed off very early on a Saturday morning and played in a little over 3 hours in a twosome. Will definitely be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/06/2017

Thank you for such a fabulous review! We are very proud to have hosted the NCAA DIII Men's Championships and your twosome and we hope to see you back soon!

Pro Shop


"Great course"


LVBIGBLUE'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 05/10/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Incredibly hilly course for Florida makes for great fun Plays longer then card Lots of variety Great Course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/06/2017

We like to consider our course the Alps of Florida and are ecstatic you enjoyed the terrain and the layout, we were rated the #1 layout in Florida last year and reviews like yours hopefully will allow us to maintain that position!

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