Panther Lake at Orange County National

4.4512705882 4.5 stars from 5 (532)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7350 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 76.0
  • Layout

  • 16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, Florida 34787, Orange County
  • (888) 727-3672, (407) 656-2626
  • (407) 656-4045
  • www.ocngolf.com
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Year built: 1997
Type: Public
Greens: Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Champ 72 7350 yards 76.0 139
Orange 72 6849 yards 73.3 132
Green 72 6394 yards 71.2 127
White 72 6011 yards 69.2 120
White (W) 72 6011 yards 74.9 129
Tan (W) 72 5319 yards 70.8 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 532 Reviews
5 stars:
330
4 stars:
152
3 stars:
30
2 stars:
12
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

499 out of 532 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers playing multiple courses locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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Jerry5785237's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pace of play horrible"


Puddel's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

We gave up on the 15 th as we had started at 12:18 and it was 5 pm and still had 3 holes to play. It was excruciating slow and the Marshall didn’t seem to care about the pace of play. We asked him at 9 after flagging him to stop as he sailed past us as to,what the problem was and his answer was a short curt..”pace of play is at 4:45”. That was all he said...no explanation. It got slower on the back nine to,would have been close to a 6 hour round. Unacceptable in my world. Save your money and go elsewhere.

We played Cypress point the next day and it was the same price point and a better experience overall.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather 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

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/12/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation!

"GREAT facility and courses"


clay1515's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been in oralndo since 2005 and this is the best shape the courses have ever been in. Greens are lighting and true. Probably 11-12 on Stimp meter. The practice facility is huge so get there early to work on any aspect of game. There is also a par 3 course that is great to play/bet with buddies after the two big courses. Huge pro shop. The food is marginal so I would eat prior. To go sandwich was all bread no meat. The food is definatley NOT up to par compared to rest of amenities and courses. I am a 5.7 GHIN index. These courses also offer lots of tee boxes for the big boys 7300-7400 yards if you want that or up to 6300 6600 etc. Great variety of tees. Both courses in GREAT shape. Swedish national amateur team was there when we played. Definitely a must play when in Orlando.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/12/2018:

Thank you for taking time to write a wonderful review of our facilities! We look forward to more rounds with you in the New Year. See you soon!

"Cold weather, warm staff"


u000007764991's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Considering the chilly temperatures it was a delight to play this course. Shout out to the maintenance staff!!!!!!!

Amazing condition.

Can’t wait to come back!

All the staff were friendly, helpful and engaging.


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


Response from OCN Management on 01/12/2018:

Very rare to have a cold weather day on Panther Lake! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your round. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience!

"marshall need to do his job better"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time play this course. Largest driving range. Staff at the driving range was really nice and informative. Course is in good condition and good layout. We finished the the first 8 holes in 1 hour and 30 min. Got to hole #9, we have a single in the middle of the fairway waiting for the 4 some in font of us. We told the Marshall who sitting in his cart between #9 and 10 that the foursome in font is very slow. He said they are on pace. The single in font of us decided to quit after 10 hole. Now we are following the 4some waiting for every hole. We meet them at 14 par 3 tee off. They did not even offer to let us play though. Took us 3 hours to finish the back 9. Disappointing!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/12/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation! We're sorry to hear the foursome in front did not let you play through, but if they are on pace the marshal will not push them along.

Commented on 01/15/2018

If you read player comments, many people complain about pace of play here. However, management choose to ignore it. When I was there, I know the group in font of us are playing over 5 hours round. Mr. Marshall response without checking his Tee-Sheet. And that attitude reflect with management comment. I will not come back to this golf course to play again!



u677031489's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation!

"Terrible Outing"


u000002110964's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Misting Rain and cold from the start of the round, got worse, Rain set in with wind, tried to tough it out because the Course would not entertain a rain check said I had to contact Golf Now, called Golf now and was put on hold for the rest of the day, tried the call back option never returned my call. Course conditions were terrible. Traps had standing water, no one was working the bag drop. Terrible. Will not use Golf now again based on service.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"always superb"


Elyce9950319's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging for high or low handicappers. Greenskeepers work overtime to make sure the greens are always superb. Practice range and obtaining range balls are an odd setup. If you want to practice, get there really early. I go back every time I'm in Orlando.


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


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Our groundskeepers will be happy to hear you enjoyed the course conditions during your round. See you soon!


u00000331580's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for the review and recommendation!

"A Great Course in Orlando"


Rmcdowell's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have probably played Panther Lake 50+ times since it opened and it never fails to be a challenging track. The course is in great condition considering the time of year(late December). It is a very challenging course as well. but there are quite a few tee's to chose from so bite off as much as you can chew. You would miss out if you came to Orlando and didn't play both courses at OCN.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for continued loyalty at Panther Lake and Crooked Cat! We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

"Fabulous place to play"


Trevor6326004's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best golf facilities in Orlando and probably the best practice facilities in the world

Definitely worth a visit


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

"Great Course Spoilt By Snail Pace of Round"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the second time I played this course, and I was really looking forward to the experience. The set-up of the course was excellent, and the staff were very pleasant before I set off. However we were advised that the tee-off times were running a little late, which sadly only was the forerunner to a turgid round of golf. Four hours fifty minutes for a four-ball was dreadful, although our four-ball did ask for marshals to give the ‘hurry up’ to the players ahead. Consequently although setting off at 1pm, we finished our round in the semi-dark, and there was no sense that the players ahead were aware of the need to speed up. We love the course, but felt that the afternoon and our enjoyment was hampered by the slow play. Consequently we had no time to enjoy the after game refreshments in the clubhouse, as we were around an hour behind time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake and sharing your 5-star review! Feedback on the pace of play will help us improve your next round. See you soon!


edgardo7798's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

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


Response from OCN Management on 01/12/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!


skyhawk54661's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation!

"the course is in great shape for the winter"


Bavery38's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great round - only complaint is the 5 hour round due to course being over packed... just the time of the year - don't pick the week of Christmas and New Years. Pick another week to play - it is an excellent course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

We're happy to hear the course is in excellent condition for the Winter! Our staff worked very hard to close 2017 strong and look forward to a great New Year!

"Excellent"


u000002731558's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fab golf course. No 2 holes alike. Brilliant condition. You need to think your way around. A real test and a pleasure to play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

We're excited to hear your feedback on excellent course conditions. See you soon!

"Exceptional Course"


ryandan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Exceptional golf course,one of the finest public courses in the area.

Will definitely play again,only downfall is on GolfNow the best rates besides the hot deals are only available to residents, it should be open to everyone so that more people will play,too pricey otherwise.

Can play Orange Lake Legends cheaper and in my opinion it is just as nice for being a public course.

My opinion


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


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for playing Panther Lake and sharing your 5-star review!

"Panther Lake"


relackey's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A must play. Challenging holes with lots of carry. Course requires shot placement and management.


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


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Nice Course in Good Condition"


golfnpeg's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is nice with a good layout. The course was not in the best condition, but it was still pretty good. When I played it in the past, it was in better condition. For those of us who are not local, the primary issue with this course is the price. It is often difficult to find a reasonable price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from OCN Management on 01/05/2018:

Thank you for providing feedback on your round!


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