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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Every year we play the Funai Classic on the Magnolia and Palms courses at Disney World. The Mag used to be a great course, and it still is if you stay away from the back tees they put in last year. The Palms is a lot of fun, with reachable par 5s. On the north side of town there are a lot of great courses. My best bets would be two new ones: Victoria Hills and Eagle Dunes.

\nEat at ...
Del Frisco's Double Eagle, just north of downtown, is the best steakhouse in Orlando. Harvey's Bistro is really good — there's one in Lake Mary, where I live, and there's also one downtown near the O-Rena. If you have tickets to a Magic game — I go to three or four a year — Harvey's is a must. Timpano's is great. It's an Italian place on Sand Lake Road, south of the city, near Bay Hill. Scott Hoch is a part-owner. I really like Roy's, too, they have terrific seafood.

Stay at ...
One really great hotel is Portofino Bay, out by Island of Adventure in Universal Studios. If you want to go upscale, the Park Plaza in Winter Park is really nice.

Theme parks
Orlando is an awesome place for golfers. And when it comes to theme parks, it's not just Disney — there's a great water park, Wet'n Wild, and then Sea World and Universal Studios.

Make sure you pack ...
Sunscreen. If you're going to Disney World, pack lots of money. And you need sandals here. Bring an umbrella, too. No matter when you come, it's going to rain at least one day while you're here.

Don't leave without ...
A good Florida orange. And at the gator farms, you can buy real gator heads and tails and paws. The heads — you know, they're all fixed up nicely by taxidermists — are really cool. There's something to take home and hang in your office.

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