Venerable El Campeón Ranked No 3. 0n Money Inc. List

By Dave Daubert

Mission Inn Resort & Club’s venerable El Campeón golf course layout has been named one of the “Top 10 Golf Courses in Orlando” by Money Inc., which praises it for having a “ton of character and history.”

El Campeón (“The Champion”) is one of the oldest and popular courses in the southern United States and has been perennially honored as one of the best layouts in Florida. The resort is situated amid central Florida’s beautiful rolling hills in the village of Howey-in-the Hills.

It has been the site of numerous junior, collegiate and professional events throughout its storied history, including the Class 1A, 2A and 3A Florida High School Golf State Championships. On the books for 2020 are PGA Tour qualifying events for the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in January and Mackenzie Tour in March.

“This resort offers some of the best holes Orlando has to offer,” Liz Flynn of Money Inc. writes of Mission Inn’s El Campeón’s No. 3 ranking. “It’s important to note that this place was built in 1917. It’s got a ton of character and history, and you’ll definitely feel it while you’re there.”

El Campeón has won numerous awards over the years, including most recently being named to the “World’s Top 100 Golf Courses” by Golfscape.com and one of the “Top 200 Resort Golf Courses” by Golfweek.

An original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón offers a classic design accentuating the landscape’s 85-foot elevation changes that are unique to the central Florida region. The course plays 7,001 yards from the back tees.

Mission Inn Resort & Club features two other golf courses – Las Colinas (“The Hills”), which opened in 1992, and El Dorado, a new par-3, 18-hole executive layout that opens this summer. The resort also offers a huge square-foot driving range, with Tifway Bermuda grass tees, practice bunkers with target greens, and 10,000-square-foot putting green. More