Georgians trying to escape this winter should look no further than Mission Inn, a Spanish-colonial-inspired resort, is set amid orange groves in central Florida’s rolling hills and surrounded by lakes. It also features one of the best golf courses in the country and it’s turning 100 years old in 2017.
As the calendar turns to 2017, things that are celebrating 100 years, or happened 100 years ago:
- USA declared war on Germany as a direct result of the German policy of unlimited U-boat war, and the first 150 000 troops, commanded by General Pershing, arrived in France
- 100th anniversary of birth of Ella Fitzgerald
- 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution
- Arm & Hammer baking soda products have been owned by the same company, Church & Dwight
- The National Park Service was formed
- El Campéon golf course, debuted in 1917 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
There are no shortage of great golf courses in the state of Florida, but one has set itself apart from the rest and it’s celebrating a centennial anniversary in 2017.
El Campéon – originally known as “The Floridan” – was one of the first in the state to feature grass putting surfaces 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 and 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.
Named “El Campéon” (“The Champion”) by the Beucher family, the family that owns Mission Inn Resort, when they bought the resort in 1964, this special piece of golf Americana has been modernized to current playing standards while still showcasing the area’s natural beauty.
Set on a special tract of land to central Florida, there are the 85 feet of elevation changes on six holes of former rolling citrus groves and hardwood forests. El Campéon exceeds most players’ expectations having been rated No. 2 nationally in the most recent Golf Advisor.com player surveys. It is a true example of historic class and current quality. The course is also on perfect shape heading into its centennial.
Mission Inn, a Spanish-colonial-inspired resort, is set amid orange groves in central Florida’s rolling hills and surrounded by lakes. The picturesque destination features four on-site restaurants, abundant event space, quiet courtyards and patios, El Campéon and its sister course, Las Colinas, tennis academy, Spa Marbella, lakefront marina, and nature trails. There is something for every member of your family or group at Mission Inn. It’s also a perfect setting for your wedding or special event.
But back to golf and great weather as we head into 2017.
Golfers visiting Mission Inn Resort and Club have enjoyed the “100th Anniversary Golfers Getaway Package” to end 2016 so much that the destination golf resort, located just 35 minutes from Orlando in central Florida, is extending the offer into 2017.
Celebrating the centennial El Campéon, Mission Inn Resort’s “100th Anniversary Golfers Getaway Package” allows guests to play this highly regarded, iconic Florida course, which is an original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail.
The package is available throughout 2017, but in order to receive special rates (from 28% to 47% off regular pricing) the package must be booked by February 15, 2017.
The 100th Anniversary Golf Getaway package (two-night minimum stay) rates range seasonally from $171 to $232 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Additional nights may be added to the package.
The package includes:
Deluxe guest accommodations
Daily golf with shared cart
Unlimited use of all practice facilities
Sumptuous buffet breakfast daily at La Hacienda restaurant
One, three-course wine dinner for two on arrival night at El Conquistador lakeside restaurant
Commemorative 100th anniversary merchandise gift set (per person per paid package)
On-site anniversary savings coupons for merchandise, spa and more
Club storage and cleaning
See additional information and to make reservations, visit www.missioninnresort.com.