Watson golf course shines at 54-hole Reunion Resort near Orlando, Florida

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.

Apr 01, 2016

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Mike Bailey

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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.