The course: Lake Nona is an exclusive country club for good, mad keen, rich golfers. Designed by one of the best specialist golf architects in the world, Tom Fazio, the track is 7,215 yards long and relatively flat. A classic second-shot course (easier driving, difficult approach shots), the challenge comes from the lakes, pine trees, aggressive bunkering and deceptively fast greens. With most of the par 4s 400-yards plus, three par 3s over water, and the signature 578-yard par 5 fifteenth curving round Buck Lake, it all adds up to an exceptional challenge. Golfing nirvana costs £32,500 to join, then £5,750 annually.
The location: Lake Nona is a 600-acre jewel of affluence in a sea of central Floridian populism. The estate is owned by British billionaire Joe Lewis whose business empire also encompasses nearby Isleworth, where Tiger Woods had the problem with the fire hydrant, and Tottenham Hotspurs. Orlando airport is only 15 minutes away, with Disney World and the new Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios within easy driving distance.
Get your own 'club' house at: Knight Frank have a range of property around the course and lakes on this private gated estate from $1-$7 million. They are currently selling Justin Rose’s four-bedroom house, with a pool and summer kitchen, for $1.48 million. With a growing family, the English golfer has moved into a larger house nearby.
Celebrity members: The privacy and outstanding course are so attractive, more top-class players have houses here than you can shake a putter at. British players Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher and US Open winning Graeme McDowell, as well as three-time major winner Ernie Els, and Masters winner, Trevor Immelman from South Africa, and Swede, Henrik Stenson. His countrywoman, the legendary Annika Sörenstam likes it so much, she got married here in 2007.
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