Reunion Resort
…Central Florida’s Destination to Play Golf


Story & Photos by: Ed Stone

Reunion Resort Clubhouse serves as reception, dining and golf check-in


Reunion, FL. – “There’s no comparison,” stated Jim Kroll, director of golf at the new Reunion Resort & Club just west of Orlando.  Jim is right…the two 18-hole Palmer and Watson golf courses cannot be compared to other courses.  The quality of the development is hard to compare…it is first class in every fashion.  Most especially, the service is impeccable…friendly, attentive and sincere.  This is a cashless resort and no tipping is allowed.  As Jim said, “there’s no comparison.”

Upon arrival at the Reunion Resort & Club, you are met by a personal concierge and immediately taken to your accommodations.  No waiting in line, no lobby full of people to deal with…just straight to your room.  There you are presented with your keys and given detailed instructions about all the amenities of the resort.  Yes, I offered a nice tip to the young gentleman, but his response was, “thank you sir, but we are a no tipping resort.”  Kind of refreshing!

Jim Kroll
Director of Golf

All rooms are configured to give the guest a most comfortable bedroom with large bath area and a jacuzzi tub.  A full kitchen is part of a dining and sitting area.  All units have verandas or porches overlooking some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.  Depending on your location, most rooms are within walking distance to the golf clubhouse, which also includes the dining room.  One of the extra touches of this resort is they will bring your golf cart to your room each morning for loading your clubs for your round of golf.

Upon checking in for your tee time, the staff is so polite and enthusiastic about your being there to enjoy this experience.  Kroll is quick to tell you that the owner Bobby Ginn feel very strong about the resort providing the best of guest service.  As to employee turnover, there is very little.  “People love to work at Reunion,” stated Kroll.  It is easy to see why working in this environment is such a pleasure.  Even the golf starters were two of the nicest you would ever want to meet. 

A very comfortable bedroom
The dining and kitchen area

Upon checking in to play the Palmer Course, Steven from Jackson, Mississippi, could not have been more cordial.  The second day, we checked in to play the Watson Course when Ed was just about as friendly as one can be.  It is friendly service and attention like this that makes playing the game an additional pleasure.

Reunion Resort offers some of the greatest golf experiences in Central Florida.  Tom Watson created his first Florida designed course at this development.  The 7,154-yard Independence Course has garnered many accolades since opening in February 2005. Equally beautiful and challenging is the 6,916-yard Legacy Course, designed by the legendary Palmer. Reunion's third course, the Tradition Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design, is scheduled to open in late 2006.

To describe the two courses currently open takes more adjectives than I can muster.  Words such as beautiful, outstanding, incomparable, etc., just doesn’t seem adequate.  But let’s give it a try.

Palmer and Watson have created two beautiful and challenging courses at Reunion.

The Legacy Course is one of openness, beauty and difficulties from every tee.  There are some five holes requiring a forced carry either over water or marshes/wetlands.  On the front nine, the first one is 360 yards from the blues and really gives you a test of what’s to come. The number one handicap hole is number 13 stretching 379 from the blues.  This one requires a good 175 yards forced carry over marshes.  Yardage on this course is 6,916 from the tips (black tees) and 6,058 from the blue tee boxes.  When looking for the signature hole on the Legacy Course, you will instantly know you have arrived with you see the serpentine bridge on number 7.  This 249 yard (blues), par 4 hole provide you with a view of at least six holes of both courses.  The clubhouse is showcased on the western horizon.  Very spectacular!

Palmer’s crew did an outstanding feat on the undulations of the greens.  All are very true to the putts, but you must be careful to control the speed or you will be back to chipping before more putts.

The Independence Course stretches 7,154 yards from the tips and 6,319 from the blue tees.  If sand traps are your game, you should do well on this course.  The sand is the white fluffy kind, allowing for the best in hitting your ball from the traps…of which I had lots of experience.  There are lots and lots of sand traps around the greens and fairway bunkers.  And speaking of sand traps, these courses are so classy that they use the “rake caddie.”  Yes, the ones that fit into an underground container.  Rather than having to bother with a rake from your cart or picking up one from the trap, just push a button and one springs from the ground, keeping the area neat and orderly.  I have only seen this feature at the La Canteria Course in San Antonio, Texas.  Such a classy touch!

The Watson course is much tighter and demands more accuracy for the short and long game.  The greens seemed to be a bit smaller that those on the Palmer course.  However, the putting surfaces on this course did not seem to have the changing undulations.

The 18th hole of the Palmer course is called "Independence."

The 17th hole of the Watson course features a serpentine bridge

About Ginn Clubs & Resorts
Ginn Clubs & Resorts is a privately held resort development and management firm which specializes in exclusive leisure lifestyle and vacation destination communities across the U.S. From private residential communities to resort destinations offering unparalleled ownership and vacation opportunities, the common denominator throughout every Ginn Club & Resort is service. The company's principals have more than three decades of experience in creating extraordinary large-scale, recreation-oriented communities.  Current Ginn Clubs & Resorts projects include Cobblestone Park in Columbia, S.C as well as Belvedere Club and Resort, which encompasses RiverTowne Country Club, The Cottages on Charleston Harbor and Patriot's Point Golf Course in the Charleston area

The company also owns and operates Hammock Beach and Yacht Harbor Village near St. Augustine, Fl., Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando, Bella Collina north of Orlando and Tesoro in Port St. Lucie on Florida's historic "Treasure Coast." The company also owns and operates Mahogany Run Golf Course in St. Thomas and has several projects under development in North Carolina, Vermont, and Colorado and in the Caribbean.

About Reunion Resort & Club
Located on 2,300 gently rolling acres in Osceola County, the Resort is 25 minutes south of Orlando, Fl, immediately south of Disney's Town of Celebration. 15 minutes from Walt Disney World and 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport. In addition to championship golf, planned amenities include a five-acre, multi-pool water and swim pavilion, a first-class tennis complex, stables and riding trails, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, walking and biking trails, and terrific boutique shopping and dining in Reunion Square.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Reunion Resort & Club
1000 Reunion Way
Reunion, Florida 34747
Toll-Free: 1.888.418.9610
Phone: 407.662.1100
Fax: 407.662.1111
Website: www.reunionresort.com