El Campeon: The old golf course at Mission Inn Resort & Club in central Florida really is a 'Champion'

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- With the possible exception of exclusive Mountain Lake, there is nothing quite like the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club when it comes to golf in Florida.

One of the hilliest courses in the state, El Campeon is also one of the oldest, dating back to 1917. Simply put, this George O'Neil design has plenty of character with a finishing stretch among the toughest in the area.

Mar 04, 2014

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

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 trio 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.