This is a perfect resort for people that want golf to be the focus of their trip. If you book early and get your tee times set well in advance, you will have a great time. We booked abour 2 months in advance and could not get a tee time on a Saturday, on any of the 3 courses due to an outing. But, with 2 of the 3 days set, we figured that we could still get out if someone cancelled. Turned out to be a moot point due to weather, but this course is a draw so I recommend booking early. The courses are really taken care of, the staff is great, the clubhouse has everything you would want. Everyone goes out of their way to try and make you happy with the resort and allow you to relax and enjoy a private club experience. My wife and I love golf, but with 3 little kids have not played much at all over the past few years, and we are not members of a club at home. Naturally,we were a bit nervous about being paired up with avid golfers all weekend, some of which may not appreciate our level of play. Ideally we would have travelled with another couple to be even more relaxed, but I can honestly say that people we played with (resort guests and local members) could not have been nicer and made us feel comfortable as we knocked off some of the rust. The North course was perfect for us. The double fairways and lack of any real penal rough was ideal as we played our first round together in over 2 yrs. We managed to stay on pace despite initially spraying it left and right, and got to experience an amazing layout. It helped that I somehow played the round of my life to move things along. The East and North are a bit tighter, but still offered a nice balance of forgiveness and challenging holes. There were ample practice greens and ranges everywhere. Great facility. We still managed to finish in 4hrs or so, so the pace of play was fine.
The villas were recently renovated and they are spectacular. We stayed on a villa right near the clubhouse and pool with the putting green right outside our back patio. The bathroom has an excellent shower with multiple jets and a large tub that was perfect to relax in after playing golf. The room definitely felt high-end and very tech-friendly with multiple outlets, wifi, and even a flat screen embedded in the bathroom mirror. The bathroom is very impressive.
Our stay was 3 days/3 nights. The weather threw us a big curveball. Other than the front 9 right after we arrived, and the few hrs we spent before check out, it rained. The pool area at the Villas looked small, but private. There is a bar area that is hard to judge since we never saw it in action, but I could picture it being a nice place to unwind without a ton of kids around. We did manage to enjoy some hot tub time at night during breaks in the rain. Apparently the shared amenities available across the street at the Hyatt include a much larger pool area, but is more of a "family" environment. If we had better weather, I'm sure we would have gone over there to check that out along with the other restaurants. We were excited to relax poolside and enjoy some drinks after golf but we never had the chance due to weather. In retrospect, we probably should have taken the free shuttles to the Hyatt side to try their restaurants, but since we were only in town a few nights we mostly ate at the Clubhouse. Menu was pretty basic but good, and the drinks were made very well. We didn't try the 918 restaurant, just weren't in the mood to go for a full multi course dinner but it looked very nice. With the bad weather, we were surprised at how few people were hanging out in the clubhouse bar after dinner. We went down for some drinks and to watch a game and we were the only ones in there from 8-10pm. In general, being in our early 30's, we felt that most of the villa guests were 10-20 yrs older. We saw plenty of younger men playing golf at an outing, but I don't think they were staying in the Villas. Obviously if it hadn't rained we would have had a better time playing more golf and enjoying the pool. Our last full day it rained from sunrise till about 3pm, so we went to Epcot and did a little partying, which was a nice change of pace from the quiet Villas. If we go next time, I think we'd consider trying the Hyatt since it may be more our speed, but would still give us access to the golf at Grand Cypress. But, if we could convince another couple to come along on the trip and got better luck on the weather, I think I'd prefer the Villas since there were very few little kids and it is more convenient if you want golf to be the focal point of your trip. I am giving the resport high marks because I can picture what it would have been like with better weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its appealing atmosphere of seclusion and easy proximity to entertainment attractions across central Florida, the Villas of Grand Cypress is the go-to destination for business and leisure travelers in Orlando. Located adjacent to Walt Disney World yet seemingly a world away, the 1,500-acre resort features 146 luxury villas, world-class amenities, ample meeting space, and engaging activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the renowned Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, and complimentary bicycles. ... more less
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