Aussie inspired: International golf course at ChampionsGate resort in Orlando, Florida

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla. -- At 7,363 yards, the International Course at ChampionsGate is as challenging as it gets. With a slope/rating of 143/76.8, it's one of the toughest golf courses in Florida, especially when the wind is blowing. But with four sets of tees, playing as short as 6,618 yards, most anyone can play it.

Designer Greg Norman, who also designed ChampionsGate's National Course, brought in elements of British and Australian links to create a windswept look around natural wetlands. golf The course generally runs firm and fast with a few bump-and-run opportunities to go with its forced carries.

Feb 18, 2014

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.