Reunion Resort - Watson Course

4.5215588235 4.5 stars from 5 (16)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7154 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 16 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

16 out of 16 reviews


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"Great track"


u415835410's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Florida Meets Scotland"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fun day at Reunion Watson"


u000004502686's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great layout within a resort"


georgekkl's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Superb"


MartyMilligan1967's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


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


"New Visitor to Reunion Resort"


polishpal's avatar
Wisconsin Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Scottish skies for our Watson round"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2017

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Great snowbird golf in Orlando"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very enjoyable test of golf"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Wonderful"


durotex's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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


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


"ReUnion Resort Watson Course"


extennisnowgolfer's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Florida Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Watson One of three terrific courses at Reunion"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Condition and service worth the price!"


Gary6107814's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Reunion's 2nd Best course"


hubtubgolf18's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


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


wright2k's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/20/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"excilerating"


ninonuni's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/27/2013

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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