Located in the heart of Florida, is an aspiring golfers dream. The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a Collegiate Golf gem. This year marks the 20th consecutive year hosting the collegiate tournaments which includes a major or regional NCAA golf championship. It begins with the Mission Inn Spring Fling, March 12-13, and finishing with the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship, April 28-May 5.
- George Mason University’s Mission Inn Spring Fling men’s tournament (March 12-13)
- University of Cincinnati’s 2016 Bearcat Spring Classic women’s tournament (March 25-27)
- Golfweek NAIA 2016 Spring Invitational men’s tournament (April 1-3)
- Golfweek NAIA 2016 Spring Invitational women’s tournament (April 2-3)
- Horizon League Golf Championships, men’s and women’s tournaments (April 22-24)
- NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship men’s tournament (May 2-4)
Why do college golfers love the Mission Inn? After doing this for twenty years, they have it down to a science.
“While they’re here, we make them feel like family,” says Joe Lewandowski, Mission Inn’s head golf professional. “The resort’s location also is a factor. We are set apart from any distractions, which makes it better for the coaches and the teams. And we focus on making them all happy.”
“The teams are all in one place,” Lewandowski added, “the rooms and restaurants are located very close by; it’s very intimate and easy to manage. Plus, the players and coaches have the run of the facility. It works out very well for everyone.”
Ambitious golfers are challenged with two award-winning courses. El Campeón (The Champion) which opened in 1917, is the oldest 18-hole courses in the South. GolfAdvisor player surveys awarded it #2 in the country. With its extraordinary changes in elevation, there is no other course like it in the region.
Seventy-five years later, Las Colinas (The Hills) opened in 1992. With its wide fairways, subtle rises, and lush plants; there’s no doubt Las Colinas is a special course. When it opened, Golf Digest named it the “Best New Resort Course”.
Mission Inn Resort’s main building features 176 hospitable guest-rooms, suites, and villas. After a great day of golf, pick any of the three restaurants and two lounges to relax. When Mission Inn isn’t hosting golf tournaments, it’s also a great location for weddings, wine tours for local vineyards and wineries, and the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.