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Misssion Inn Resort & Golf Club
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 12/12/2016

Misssion Inn Resort & Golf Club

Mission Inn is a four season resort located in the rolling hills of Central Florida’s Lake County in the town of Howey-in-the-Hills, 35 minutes northwest of Orlando. The destination resort features classic Spanish Colonial architecture, 190 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, two championship golf courses, three restaurants, two lounges and poolside bar. Recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting range, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, fitness center, nautical center with 52-slip marina, fishing, and powerboat and go eco-touring.
With more than 1,200 courses, Florida is the country’s king of golf. It had to start somewhere, and one of the Sunshine State’s grandest courses will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2017, with visiting golfers invited to join the festivities.

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

Beginning October 1 and valid through January 15, 2017, the 100th Anniversary golf package (two-night minimum stay) includes:
• Deluxe guest accommodations
• Daily golf with shared cart
• Unlimited use of all practice facilities
• Sumptuous buffet breakfast daily at La Hacienda restaurant
• A four-course wine dinner for two on arrival night at El Conquistador lakeside restaurant
• Commemorative 100th anniversary merchandise gift set
• On-site anniversary savings coupons for merchandise, spa and more
• Late check out on departure days for extra golf time
• Club storage and cleaning

 The 1917 course, originally known as the Floridan, was one of the first in the state to feature grass greens rather than the oiled-sand greens common a century ago. It was one of only two courses in the state built to what was then considered the “regulation” length of 6,300 yards.

Designed by George O’Neil, a golf professional and noted architect from the Chicago Golf Club, El Campéon quickly became a hot spot for vacationers and top golfers. Among its early guests were Ben Hogan, Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and trick-shot artist Joe Kirkwood.

Christened “El Campéon”—The Champion—by the Beucher family who bought the resort in 1964, the course has been modernized to current playing standards while still showcasing the area’s natural beauty. Unique to central Florida are the 85 ft. elevation changes on 6 holes of former rolling citrus groves and hardwood forests.
For additional information and reservations, please visit or call 800-874-9053.