REUNION, Fla. -- There are three golf courses at the Reunion Resort near Orlando, and all of them -- the Watson, Nicklaus and Palmer Courses -- are championship tests and meticulously maintained. Each are also very different from each other and reflect each architect's personality.
Reunion's Watson Course might be the most unique. First of all, because Tom Watson doesn't have nearly as many courses to his credit as Nicklaus and Palmer, and secondly, because it's in a different style than the other two. This traditional parkland layout isn't typical Florida golf. It has a windswept appearance and is framed by 15 varieties of native grasses, azaleas, camellias, hibiscus and other plants. It also has a lot of bunkers and waste areas, which force golfers to think their way around the course if they want to be successful.
With five sets of tees, this par-72 course can play as long as 7,154 yards or as short as 5,395. The fairways are generally fairly generous, so it's playable for most levels of players, but the elevated greens and bunkers certainly present their challenges.
The Watson Course is open to guests of the resort as well as guests of members.