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Mission Inn Golf Package Celebrates El Campéon’s 100th Anniversary
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With its sand and water protecting the green, the par-4 sixteenth is lovely to play but difficult to par.

The magic of the New England summer has us all under its spell. The long, warm, sunny days keep us on the golf course, and the sizzling Red Sox offense keeps us captivated in the evening. The good times should last all the way into late October with David Ortiz’s farewell fling in the World Series.

Then, as the days turn shorter and colder, the good times on the golf course, by necessity, must occur somewhere other than in New England. My suggestion is a sojourn to Central Florida’s Lake Country, where one of the Sunshine State’s grandest courses will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2017.

The history-rich El Campéon golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club, just 35 minutes from Orlando in Howey-in-the-Hills, has played host to many notable players and tournaments since 1917. The resort’s “100th Anniversary Golfers Getaway Package” will allow visitors to play this very special parcel of Americana at significant savings.

From October 1 through January 15, 2017, the golf package—with its two-night minimum stay—includes daily golf with shared cart, unlimited use of all practice facilities, deluxe accommodations, breakfast buffet each morning at La Hacienda restaurant, and a four-course wine dinner for two on arrival at El Conquistador lakeside restaurant.

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The double dogleg par-5 seventeenth has a huge tree in the middle of the fairway that must be avoided for the third shot.

The package also offers club storage and cleaning, late check-out on departure day for extra golf time, commemorative 100th anniversary merchandise gift set, and on-site savings coupons for merchandise, spa, and more.  The price is $194.50 per person, based on double occupancy, 35% off the 2017 published price, and third and fourth nights are available for $155 per person. Resort fee and taxes are extra.

Originally known as the Floridian, it was designed by George O’Neil, a golf professional and noted architect from the Chicago Golf Club. The Floridian quickly became a hot spot for vacationers and top golfers. Christened “El Campéon”—The Champion—by the Beucher family, who bought the resort in 1964, the course sports 85-foot elevation changes, unique to central Florida, on six holes of former rolling citrus groves and hardwood forests. El Campéon has been rated #2 nationally in the most recent Golf Advisor.com player surveys.

 

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The par-3 eighth is a beautiful hole but demands an accurate iron over the water. The hotel is in the background.

Mission Inn is a four-season resort that features classic Spanish Colonial architecture, 190 luxurious guestrooms and suites and villas, a second championship golf courses—Las Colinas, 1992, by Gary Koch—three restaurants, two lounges, and a poolside bar. Recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting range, jogging and bicycling and nature trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, fitness center, a lakefront marina, fishing, and Spa Marbella.

For more information, guests may call(800) 283-6363  or visit the resort’s Web site at www.missioninnresort.com.

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