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Mission Inn Resort to host 25th ING Spring Conference

Durland Cup winners at 2014 ING Spring Conference
Durland Cup winners at 2014 ING Spring Conference
Bob Poston

The year 2015 will be historic for the International Network of Golf, as the non-profit media-based networking organization enters its 25th year networking the golf industry.

To help celebrate that milestone, ING has linked with a popular Orlando-area resort that has reached its own historic landmark. Mission Inn Resort and Club, celebrating 50 years of ownership by the Beucher family, has been selected as host of the 25th Anniversary ING Spring Conference. The announcement was made at the recently completed ING Spring Conference in Atlantic City.

This annual gathering of golf media and industry executives will take place May 31-June 3, 2015 at Mission Inn, located just 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Howey-in-the-Hills. Anyone in the golf industry or media is eligible to attend.

"We are excited and look forward to welcoming a high profile organization like ING to Mission Inn Resort and Club in 2015, and to making the 25th Anniversary Celebration a memorable one,” said Dawn Lafferty, Senior Sales Manager. “Mission Inn is celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year so we know a few things about the time tested standards of excellence."

Mission Inn features distinct Spanish Colonial architecture and luxurious amenities. It has a 200-room hotel, two golf courses, Spanish Colonial style plaza, 6,200 square-foot spa, 50-slip marina, a shooting range, tennis, swimming, and a new conference and meetings facility. The General Manager is Bud Beucher, whose father Nick bought the property in 1964.

Mission Inn traces its roots back much farther than the Beucher family. The resort officially opened in 1916 as the Florida Inn. Architect George O’Neil immediately created El Campeon’ golf course, which features 85 feet in elevation changes and winds through stately oaks, pines and natural vegetation. The course has water on 13 holes, and features two peninsula greens. El Campeon is one of Florida’s oldest and most decorated courses.

The Gary Koch-designed Las Colinas course opened in 1992 and is a good complement to El Campeon’s. While longer, Las Colinas is flatter and more forgiving.

“Our attendees are going to be amazed by the great golf at Mission Inn,” said ING Executive Director Mike Jamison. “They will see elevation and movement highly unusual for Central Florida. But there is much more than outstanding golf at Mission Inn. It is a beautiful property stepped in history, and everything is conveniently located.”

Mission Inn Resort & Club offers a choice of accommodations ranging from recently renovated deluxe hotel rooms and suites to three-bedroom villas with kitchens. The resort's guestrooms, all non-smoking, feature golf course, tennis court or water views, screened balconies, and well-appointed bathrooms with marble and granite. Each room offers high-speed Internet access. Covered walkways connect Mission Inn's three inns to the property's restaurants, courtyards and meeting rooms.

For its 25th Anniversary Conference, ING is planning an extensive schedule, including the ever-popular One-On-One Appointment Show, the Demo Lab, golf tournaments and all the educational and networking sessions ING is known for.