Orange County National (Crooked Cat) - Florida - USA

Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge,
16301 Phil Ritson Way,
Winter Garden,
Florida (FL) 34787,

  • +1 407 656 2626

  • Bruce Gerlander

  • Phil Ritson, Isao Aoki and David Harman

  • Alan Walker

Visit Orange County National Golf Center for one reason and one reason only, golf. If you are looking for non-golfing frills then you are at the wrong place. With 45 holes (two 18-holers called Panther Lake and Crooked Cat and a 9-holer called Tooth), a 36-hole putting course called Whiskers, a 42-acre circular driving range – which once received the Best Golf Driving Range in America accolade – comfortable lodge rooms and a decent clubhouse, you might begin to get the idea that Orange County National is Florida’s equivalent to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes but with some weird feline fetish.

Even though Orange County National Golf Center is a relatively short drive by car from Orlando, it feels as though you are heading into the boondocks. But keep going, you are travelling in the right direction and eventually you’ll arrive at the property, which is set in more than 900 acres of pleasantly rolling ground that is completely devoid of housing.

Panther Lake was the first course to open at Orange County National (1997) and it was the result of collaboration between Phil Ritson, Isao Aoki and the late David Harman. The Crooked Cat opened in 1999 and the same trio designed that course too. Both courses feature plenty of rare Floridian elevation change and both can be stretched out beyond 7,200 yards from the tips.

“There is hardly anything to dislike about Crooked Cat.” Wrote Rob Armstrong in Golfing Florida’s Best. “It’s scenic. It’s demanding. The greens are true and fast, ranging in size from merely large to gigantic. Good shots are rewarded. Bad shots will cause you anguish and cost you strokes. From the opener to the long par four 18th, it is a memorable golf experience… When I finished playing both courses, one of the guys who wiped down my clubs asked which one I preferred. My honest answer was that I liked them both. Both are simply lovely, challenging golf courses. I thought Panther Lake was the tougher of the two, but Crooked Cat is hardly a pussycat.”

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Description: The Crooked Cat golf course at Orange County National opened in 1999 and it can be stretched out beyond 7,200 yards from the tips. It’s hardly a pussycat. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Played here last week. Really great course and terrific condition. Although it was pouring with rain course drains very well. Probably in the best condition of any course we played in the Orlando area ( including Disney Magnolia which was being prepped for a PGA Tour event). First class facility all round. Very friendly and helpful staff.
6 / 6
Orange County National (Crooked Cat)
November 07, 2010

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Played both courses at OCN back in 2002. It had all the accolades but all of our 4 ball came off unimpressed. Found it quite bland and a wannabe links course. Didnt work for me. However played a round with someone the other week who had played all over the States (including TPC Sawgrass and Blue Monster) and thought this was the best.. Condition, as would be expected was very good but just for wow factor I would give it 2 stars
2 / 6
Orange County National (Crooked Cat)
August 25, 2010

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