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Mission Inn Resort great for quick getaway or extended golf vacation

Mission Inn rooms overlook golf course
Mission Inn rooms overlook golf course
Mike Jamison

Whether you’re a Central Florida resident in search of a convenient weekend getaway, or a group of golfers looking to flee the Northeast’s wicked winter, you should consider a trip to Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The Hills.

Located about a half-hour northwest of Orlando, this historic, family-owned resort has a little something for everyone, including two diverse and outstanding golf courses.

El Campéon, built in 1917 by Chicago-based course architect George O'Neil, is one of the South's oldest golf courses. The layout blends unusual Central Florida elevation changes of more than 85 feet with features of traditional design. Rolling fairways often lead to challenging lies.

The signature hole is the par 5, 17th, a long, double dogleg that requires a carry over water on the third shot. You also will have to place your second shot away from the large oak that sits in the middle of the fairway.

Las Colinas is a Gary Koch design that serves up quite a different challenge from El Campéon. Most fairways are wide open and the greens are large and undulating. The signature hole is the par 5, 12th hole - "Alligator Alley." It spans 493 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requires absolute accuracy from tee-to-green.


Featuring distinct Spanish Colonial architecture and luxurious amenities, accommodations range from deluxe hotel rooms and suites to three-bedroom villas with kitchens.

The resort's guestrooms feature golf course, tennis court or water views, screened balconies, and well-appointed bathrooms with marble and granite. Covered walkways connect Mission Inn's three inns to the property's restaurants, courtyards and meeting rooms.


Spectacular golf course views and a wide variety of choices highlight the dining at Mission Inn. You can dine with your Sweetie by candlelight, or drop in casually before or after golf at one of three restaurants. And you don’t want to miss the daily breakfast buffet or the Saturday Night All You Can Eat Crab Legs, Sushi & Prime Rib Buffet.


Mission Inn's Marina Del Rey features fishing, including equipment rentals, boat rentals (bass fishing and pontoon, public docking and boat slip rental, sand volleyball court and lakeside pavilion to host group events.

Shooting Range offers trap and skeet shooting. Targets, guns, shells and ear and eye protection provided by resort.

Fitness Center offers state of the art workout equipment, and flat panel TVs.

Tennis: Plenty of all-weather and clay courts are available. Mission Inn offers world-class instruction as well.

Trails of the Conquistadors are two intertwining historical and educational eco-adventures trails celebrating Central Florida's early Spanish conquistador explorations.

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