The 7th hole at the Nicklaus-designed Tradition Course at Reunion.
Courtesy Reuion Resort
Sunday, November 08, 2009

The Ginn is gone, but the greatness remains at Reunion Resort. Winner of Silver Medal status in our 2008-09 Premier Resorts Awards, Reunion's rise came under visionary developer Bobby Ginn. Ginn has now departed, but the suburban Orlando resort hasn't missed a beat, thanks to the two new operators: Noble Investment Group and Reynolds Signature Communities.

\nRegardless of who's running the place, the golf offerings run deep. Tom Watson's Independence course features rumpled fairways and huge mounds, lending a British seaside flavor to the proceedings. Two other legends have courses here: Arnold Palmer designed the Legacy layout, and Jack Nicklaus authored the Tradition course.

\nThe family aspects are even better. There are condos, villas and houses, an aquapark and 10-minute access to Disney. December rates start at $331 per night for a one-bedroom villa; Golf Magazine's Legends Challenge Package includes accommodations for four golfers in a three-bed villa, one round of golf per night of stay, breakfast and all taxes and fees. The package costs $232.80 per person, per night, and after you turn in your scorecards, you're eligible for a final playoff next April, with the winner awarded a trip to Scotland's famed Gleneagles Resort, site of the 2014 Ryder Cup. 888-418-9611, reunionresort.com.

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