In 1987, Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed one of his Signature classics right off of Kirkman Road in Orlando, just a few miles west of Interstate 4 and Universal Studios Theme Park. Spring fed lakes and over 1300 planted trees that have matured border the expansive rolling fairways on this 7051 yard masterpiece. In fact, Links magazine considers Metro West golf course one of the finest examples of Jones Senior’s work in the Southeast along with the exclusive Orlando Country Club. The parkland style layout has a par of 72 with many wide open fairways allowing most golfers to ‘tee it high & let it fly’. The elevation changes throughout the property really are unique to the local area.
Billy Fuller Golf Design completed a $1.5 million renovation project in November and Integrity Golf, whose name personifies great service, took over the daily fee golf club, in February. Fuller was the Golf Course Superintendent at Augusta National, home of the Masters, before going to work in the design business. The tee boxes were all laser leveled and resurfaced plus the tee area on the range was enlarged dramatically. A major highlight of the refinement project was the enlargement and resurfacing of all 18 greens with TifEagle ultra dwarf Bermuda to a championship tournament caliber. One of the specialties of Mr. Fuller is a new way of rebuilding bunkers that allows them to drain better and keep their shape longer, which was done to all at Metro West.
One thing that was not changed was the routing that RTJ Sr. laid out over 25 years ago, that has won acclaim from major publications and websites as the best public golf course experience in Orlando. The four sets of tees allow low handicappers, duffers, seniors and ladies to all enjoy the engaging terrain. Even John Daly loved his round from the back tees a few years ago, when he stood on the 405 yard 9th tee and took advantage of a prevailing wind over water and landed his shot on the green. Good luck with that.
The 4 par fives are the toughest holes on the course including the number one handicap monster 610 yard #4, that requires 3, or maybe 4, superb shots to reach the dance floor. The elevated tee box on the par four #13 gives players a great view of the skyline of downtown Orlando, before they once again challenge another par 5, #14. The two finishing holes are an awesome pair that separates the pretenders from the contenders. The 17th is a 226 yard par 3 poke over water to a miniscule green, followed by another 400+ finishing hole where you have to clear water to get to the well bunkered green.
The beautiful 23,000 square foot clubhouse overlooking the 18th green and Lake Hiawassee, features the newly remodeled Westerly’s full service restaurant and the Sundance Tavern.
To book a round or get more information call 407-299-1099 or go to www.MetroWestGolf.com . You Gotta Play It To Believe It!.