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Rotonda - Long Marsh Golf Club - Orlando / Florida Guide

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On our first trip down to Rotonda we decided to try out the local golf.

The closest of the four courses that comprise Rotonda Golf & Country Club is Long Marsh and the villa we are staying in is situated just off the 6th Green of White Marsh which is the 2nd set of 9 holes we played in the Long Marsh complex. The other courses The Palms’ The Hills and The Links are strategically placed through the Rotonda area.

An early tee off at 06:55 meant a pleasant early morning start. The first tee is a 3 minute cart journey to Long Meadow where we were able to tee off on time and we didn’t have to wait at any hole for our entire round. The fairways were in good condition but the greens were excellent. The ball ran true and the tightly packed grasses were soft enough to allow a flighted ball to hold.

Long Meadow comprises five par 4 fours, two par threes and two par fives. The second set of 9 holes we played was White Marsh with an identical make up of holes comprising a par 36. Water comes in to play on several holes with a number where the only route to the pin is straight across. There is often water at the side of holes and dense vegetation is not too forgiving of wayward tee shots. There was no point in even looking for some of our balls which had strayed off the fairway. Matthew was playing as a junior rate and he is still learning the game. He managed to loose 7 balls on his first round but only lost 5 the second time we played.

The course winds its way through the housing estates but the villas in the main are set back and don’t intrude on the golf. There is plenty of lush vegetation, mature trees and abundant wildlife. There are many kinds of birds to be seen and we came across a family of 5 racoons. Mom and 4 babies were making there way along the side of the course. They looked so cute.

The highlight of our second round on White Marsh was an early morning encounter with an alligator. Driving between tees we came round a sharp bend and obviously startled the 6 foot gator who had been taking in some early morning rays at the side of a pond. At the sight of us coming round the corner bearing down on him in the golf cart he made a rapid exit in to the water. I wish I had had my camera to hand but the meeting was too brief to think about taking photo’s at the time.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed playing “Long Marsh”. The staff were friendly and helpful and the course is well set up and in good condition. The price was very reasonable coming in at $47 including tax for both myself and Matthew to play 18 holes Cart Included. I would recommend this course to any one staying in the area.

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