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About

Holes 18
Type Private/Resort
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 7154 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.9
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7154 yards 74.9 141
Gold 72 6697 yards 72.7 134
Blue 72 6319 yards 70.6 124
White 72 5990 yards 69.2 127
White (W) 72 5990 yards 74.4 130
Red (W) 72 5395 yards 70.1 123
Red 72 5395 yards 66.3 114
Scorecard for The Watson Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.9/141 562 364 170 432 461 366 240 581 432 3608 464 385 202 394 525 172 419 554 431 3546 7154
Gold M: 72.7/134 544 353 152 422 440 340 210 539 410 3410 435 356 185 358 489 151 396 518 401 3289 6699
Gold/Blue M: 71.9/131 528 353 152 403 427 340 193 539 384 3319 399 356 185 358 436 151 368 518 383 3154 6473
Blue M: 71.1/128 528 319 142 403 427 317 193 518 384 3231 399 333 170 335 436 124 368 500 383 3048 6279
Blue/White M: 69.9/128 508 319 142 386 379 317 182 518 360 3111 371 333 170 335 444 124 347 472 368 2964 6075
White M: 69.2/127 W: 74.4/130 508 303 124 386 379 301 182 499 360 3042 371 307 150 306 444 115 347 472 368 2880 5922
Red M: 66.3/114 W: 70.1/123 470 267 101 340 350 237 169 444 306 2684 348 280 114 277 354 110 329 444 344 2600 5284
Handicap 9 17 15 5 1 13 7 11 3 2 14 12 16 18 6 10 8 4
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 15 11 1 3 17 13 5 9 2 10 14 16 18 8 4 12 6

Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Tifeagle Grass
Greens Tifeagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Watson (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Reviews

4.6
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Fun in the rain

Tom Watson has done a great job here. Plenty of interest. No two holes are alike and the par threes are really well done. Greens were in fine shape. The course has a great practice facility so. One early and take full advantage. The only drawback k is the price. At $175 I’d say it’s over priced by 50 bucks or so. I’d love to play it again but it’s price prohibitive for me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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5.0
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Handicap 20-24
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Great track

The Watson course was great. I love the links style layout. Wide open fairways, rolling hills, and there is a lot of sand. The resort is very nice. Range balls are included in the green fees. A starter keeps things moving. It is what you expect for a golf resort.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Florida Meets Scotland

Salamander’s Reunion Resort is a one of a kind family and golf vacation mecca. There’s a ton of things to do with the family: horseback riding, a waterpark, swimming pools, biking and hiking trails and a spa and fitness center. There’s also three championship golf courses built by three of golf’s champion icons: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

Most golfers know about Tom Watson the player, but they may not be aware of his prowess as a golf course designer. I can tell you that he shows the same focus and attention to detail when designing and building a golf course that he did as a player. Since he only designs a couple of courses each year, there is no doubt that he is committed to delivering a high-quality product. He eschews the “grip it and rip it” mentality and makes a player strategize their way around his course. With each Tom Watson Signature Golf Course, you will find three things: beauty, variety and challenge. And sand; lots of sand!

No one can ever deny Tom Watson’s love for Scottish Golf. And no course of his that I have played exemplifies this more than his signature design at Reunion Resort in Florida. This was Watson’s first crack at a Florida design and for my money he couldn’t have done a better job. It has more of a links style to it than its two sister courses. The one hazard absent from this course is water – you won’t find it anywhere except at the comfort stations. What you will find is sand in over 120 bunkers of varying shapes, sizes and depths. If that’s not daunting enough, there’s also a few waste areas and some fairly significant elevation changes for this part of Florida.

The course has won numerous accolades from such notable golf publications as Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek, including #10 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s Best New Resort Courses in 2005.

Wide, rolling TifEagle fairways lead to large green complexes, many with multi-tiered greens. With all the undulations in the fairways and on the greens, you can end up with some awkward stances; another way Watson tests your mettle. No matter how good you are, the Watson course is going to demand that you give some thought to your approach shots if you want to score well. With significantly large green complexes, there’s a premium on a solid short game because your choice of club can be anything from a putter, lob wedge or some other club you have mastered the art of chipping with.

The Watson Course at Reunion Resort plays 7,154 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 74.9 and a slope of 141. The Blue Tees will challenge low – mid handicappers (10 – 18) at 6,319 yards (71.1/128). With five sets of tees to choose from and yardage ranging from the back tees to the front (Red) at 5,395, there is a distance to suit every players’ ability. From Blue Tees, the course rating is 71.1 and the slope is 128.

Most Memorable Hole: Number 1: Par 5, 528 yards. I love a course that starts out with a par 5; it gets the “take it serious or relax and have fun” decision out of the way quickly. You start off your round with a blind tee shot; a little left of center is perfect. Most players will need to really rip their tee shot if they want to be serious about getting on in two. Play your layup down the left side of the fairway to take the few trees on the left out of play. Your approach shot will be slightly uphill to a large two-tiered green with lots of undulation. Get use to that description of the green, you’ll see it a lot.

Favorite Par 3: Number 7, 193 yards. A long and demanding par three that features numerous bunkers down the right side and a large collection area left of the green. Leave your tee shot short of the green and you still have a decent shot at making par.

Favorite Par 4: Number 10, 399 yards. Hitting the fairway off the tee goes a long way to scoring well on Number 10. Pull or push your tee shot and there’s a good chance you’ll find sand. A back right pin placement can be exceptionally challenging with the large intimidating bunker you see before you, so favor the left side of the green with your approach shot. This is one of the most challenging holes on the golf course.

Favorite Par 5: Number 14, 463 yards. It’s all about the tee shot here. Hit it solidly off the tee, over the waste area and avoid the large fairway bunker and your chances of birdie (or better) are good. There is a lot of sand that guards the large putting surface but if you manage your game correctly, you’ll be successful.

Last Word:
The Watson Course at Reunion embraces a shotmaker. Using common sense and not trying to overachieve or be heroic as you make your way around the course will go a long way to putting up a good number. So does the ability to keep the ball in the fairway. If you can make it around this course without using a rake, you’ve done well. Play from the set of tees that best suits your game and a good time is guaranteed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Fun day at Reunion Watson

Played both the Watson and the Palmer course at Reunion. We had a great time at both courses but enjoyed the Watson a little more. I used all my clubs and enjoyed the challenge. Pay attention to the starter as he is very knowledgeable and has good information.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

great layout within a resort

lovely course within Reunion resort, an upmarket amenity.
Course layout and condition was good especially the greens
Second time here, would love to ocme back

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Superb

Everything about our round at Reunion was great, from the staff to the conditions to the pace of play, its as just an all around brilliant day on the links.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Wisconsin Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

New Visitor to Reunion Resort

My buddies and I do an annual Ryder Cup Style golf trip every year and this year it was to Reunion Resort for the first time.
Watson course was the first of the 3 we played when we flew in. The course is very playable with a good mix of challenging holes that offer plenty of variety. The fairways were firm and the greens were very receptive. The first hole eases you in with a par 5 and the last hole test you with a long uphill par 4. Knowing the proper lines on your tee shot is also important as the correct line can save you two clubs on the approach. Having played several other Florida golf destinations (PGA Village, PGA National, Streamsong) I thought the course conditioning was average. I expected a little more green coming from Wisconsin and I'll be the first to admit not to know anything about course maintenance in Florida during that time of year, but I was surprised on how brown and worn the course looked.
Still a very fun track to pay and would come back easily. The lodging options are fantastic especially with 12 guys.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor

Scottish skies for our Watson round

This was my first ever round on a Tom Watson design, so I was pretty curious to see what his style was like. Like a lot of spots in this part of Florida, the land itself was pretty nondescript, so a lot of shaping was done to add some drama. There are loads of bunkers out there, both waste areas and traditional, and they are often massive. Your sand game will certainly be tested many times. The greens are also multi-tiered and you really need to be dialed in with your approach shots or you'll be putting over big ridges.

The drive through wetlands on an elevated wooden bridge between the 17th green and 18th tee is a neat little touch to wrap up the round. The pace moved nicely despite a busy morning during PGA Show week, the bev cart came early and often, and the carts were equipped with GPS. Operationally this place was humming smoothly. I took advantage of the free valet.

So where does Reunion stack up in the Orlando resort scene? I think I prefer the nearby Championsgate setup a little more for daily-fee play thanks to a more golfer-focused 19th hole. But all-in-all this is a solid experience near Disney World. The Watson plays next to the Palmer course, and frankly, some of the holes looked really cool, and I found myself wondering if I was on the wrong course. Perhaps next time.

Conditions Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great snowbird golf in Orlando

I haven't played the other courses at Reunion, so I can't compare the Watson to the others, but I can say you will enjoy this course.
It's mostly friendly off the tee with a few drives that force you to make a decision whether to take on bunkers or not (especially no. 9).
The condos/homes are mostly set back from the fairways, so they're not an issue for most. Decent movement of the land is highlighted by the elevated green on the par-3 15th hole. All in all, a top-class resort-course experience.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Used cart

Very enjoyable test of golf

With plenty of room off the tee, the Watson Course could be the most playable of the three courses at Reunion Resort, and it's certainly as enjoyable as any of them. As you get closer to the green, however, this course does get more difficult, mainly because of the bunkers and sometimes difficult to read greens. Fairway bunkers also loom large on several holes, so you're going to want to avoid those, but with a little course management and directional control, that shouldn't be a problem. Simply put, it costs a little more to play here, especially in season, but it's a solid, enjoyable all-around golf experience.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wonderful

One of top courses in area. I love it. No water, but lots of sand

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Florida Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

ReUnion Resort Watson Course

12 noon tee time w/ wife. Only way I've found to play any ReUnion Resort course is their Stay & Play packages. My wife surprised w/ this for our Anniversary. The Watson Course clubhouse sits adjacent to the ReUnion Hotel. Has a very nice practice area: driving range, chipping green, & 2 huge putting greens. The Watson course is visually appealing from every tee box. Plush tee boxes, fairways, & greens. Every bunker is well sanded & there are hundreds of bunkers on this course. Greens are fast & roll true. Definitely should be on every golfers bucket list. Battery powered carts w/ GPS, windshield, & rain cover in back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Watson One of three terrific courses at Reunion

There are three really good courses at Reunion Resort near Orlando, but the Watson Course might be my favorite. I love the look of this course, which is sort of windswept with interesting bunkers, doglegs and greens complexes. Plus, it's designed by Tom Watson, who doesn't have nearly as many courses to his credit as do Nicklaus and Palmer, who did the other two courses at Reunion. Like the other two courses, the Watson Course is also always in terrific shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Condition and service worth the price!

As a resort course, you have to be a member or guest of the resort to play, but it really is worth it.

Mr Watson loves a bunker as other reviewers said, with around 120 in play. What i love though is that they are not a gimmick, and are positioned perfectly in terms of landing areas etc. The greens are in great shape, and the elevation changes make this course feel different to anything i have played resort wise in Florida.

Great track, great condition, and great service! Well done Reunion...you have made me want to come back! What more can you ask for!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Reunion's 2nd Best course

Watson barely beat out Mr. Palmer for the 2nd best course on the Reunion property. I felt like Tom's time in Scotland made him like bunkers because when you play this course... you're bound to find one.

Lots of character to the par 5's. I think the 11th hole is one of the prettiest looking holes from the tee - a great par 4 with some teeth with not too much length. Another atrribute of Tom's game can be seen by his focus on accurate driving - if you don't drive it straight, you're in trouble.

I really enjoyed the greens as they were rolling nicely but needed to remind my fellow players (not in my group) to fix your ball marks! There were a few to be found.

It's worth the drive.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Always wanted to play here, and it exceeded my high expectations

First, Reunion has three courses and as of two years ago, they changed the names to reflect the designer. The Independence Course is now the Watson Course and, much like Tom's design of The Conservatory at Hammock Beach, he put plenty of bunkers at Reunion. The total is over 160 and that does not include those of the waste variety. Amazingly, this is still an extremely fair layout. There are certain places where you are heavily rewarded with extra length in the fairway or a favorable slope on the green towards the hole location if you play shots properly. While the entire course is excellent, the 6-hole stretch beginning with #11 stands out. Especially, the Par 3 15th. Seriously, how many uphill Par 3's do you play in Florida that require 1-2 clubs more than the yardage book on the tee shot? Chances are Buzz and Coach may interact with you before teeing off and they are just two members of a delightful group of people working this property. Reunion's Watson course is to golf what a fine steakhouse is to dining out: You don't mind the high price if the total experience is worth it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

excilerating

I cant wait until I go back,from the staff greeting us all the way to the 19th hole,very professional and friendly all at the same time,not to mention the breath taking lanscape,fairways,greens,edifices,andulation,sand,water,everything is prestine,from the courses all the way to the staff members.On a scale of 1 to 10 reunion is a 21

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
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