Panther Lake at Orange County National, the headliner of two highly esteemed championship courses at a renowned 45-hole public facility (there's also a nine-hole, par-29 executive layout onsite) in Winter Garden, Florida, is not to be missed when you are in the Orlando area. The course, a 1997 creation by David Harman and Phil Ritson with input from legendary Japanese golfer Isao Aoki, burst onto the Orlando Golf scene a year before its links-style sister course, Crooked Cat at Orange County National. While the presence of water on almost every hole may suggest that Panther Lake at Orange County National is a typical Florida-style layout, the reality is it is anything but. The expansive, picturesque playing field flows over rolling hills with up to 60-foot elevation change as it winds through natural oak hammocks, pine forests, scenic wetlands and glistening freshwater lakes. No houses are anywhere in sight. What you will likely see in this tranquil setting is an abundance of birdlife and other wildlife. Panther Lake at Orange County National features great variety throughout the round. It provides a fun game for players of wide-ranging abilities, but it is a course that skilled players gravitate to. Forced carries figure prominently in the challenge for those who play from the back sets of tee markers. One of the challenges all golfers face at Panther Lake at Orange County National is the necessity of hitting the fairways. With bunkers, trees, and water hazards posing constant threats, there s little margin for error. Harman and team created a layout where one exciting, memorable, and unique hole follows another. Panther Lake at Orange County National boasts an outstanding foursome of par 3s. Throughout the round, beware of the steeped-faced bunkers around the large, elevated greens, You ll find plenty of contours, tiers and sections in the Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass putting surfaces that are maintained to the highest standards. When you have a tee time at Panther Lake at Orange County National, it s well worth arriving early so you can utilize one of the most extraordinary practice facilities in the country. The club boasts that it has the largest driving range and practice facility in America. The clubhouse is home to a well-stocked pro shop and a bar and grill restaurant. There's also a lodge onsite if you seek an overnight home base so you can immerse yourself more fully in the golf courses and practice facilities. Whether you stay overnight or just come for the day, don t miss out on a tee time at Panther Lake at Orange County National. You won t find many better places to play anywhere in the Orlando golf realm than this stunning championship layout.