Mission Inn Resort & Club - El Campeon Course

4.4941352941 4.5 stars from 5 (1058)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7015 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

  • 10400 County Rd 48, Howey in the Hills, Florida 34737, Lake County
  • (352) 324-3885
  • (352) 324-4199
  • www.missioninnresort.com
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Year built: 1917
Architect(s): C. E. Clarke (1926), George O'Neil (1917)
Type: Resort
Greens: Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No t-shirts or tank tops. Shorts are allowed but must be proper style and length. No tennis shorts or athletic shorts.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7015 yards 73.8 136
Blue 72 6601 yards 72.0 135
Historic 72 6242 yards 70.3 131
Challenger 73 6073 yards 69.6 130
Gold 72 5624 yards 67.4 121
Gold (W) 73 5624 yards 72.9 133
Red (W) 73 4811 yards 68.6 125

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 1058 Reviews
5 stars:
750
4 stars:
224
3 stars:
51
2 stars:
17
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

996 out of 1056 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks dinner brunch  

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"Rain Policy"


brucegudim's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2020
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Problem getting rain check, it rain on our 3rd hole told they don’t give out rain checks. I work at a golf company which owns 21 courses. We always give out rain or injury passes to come back and play good for ever. I have received one that was given out 4 years ago. Pace of play was 5 hour round, waiting on every shot, course was not busy 1:32 tee time. Need better Rain policy.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful and challenging"


u5427206's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2020
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was very well maintained and there are plenty of challenges along the way with the 85 foot elevation changes. If you like beautiful vistas of the course you will love El Campeon. There are many elevation rises along the way and views looking back toward the Mission Inn, which is a lovely full-service hotel. Swimming Pool and hot tub, outdoor pool table and bar make this a great place to relax after your round. Golf clubhouse itself is nice, but not extraordinary. We would have loved a place to sit outside with a drink after our round. Staff is friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



"Solid Course with a Great Layout"


bobconstable5's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2020
First time playing

Reviewed on

Solid course with a great layout and excellent conditions. ***GOLF PASS PERKS NOT HONORED*** part of the reason we played this course was for the $100 travel credit. I called Golf Now customer service and was told it was handled through the course. No one at the course had any idea of a travel credit and said it must have been handled by Golf Now(I even spoke to management). Will not ding the course’s rating but do expect Golf Now to follow through with what they advertise.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u974757075's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2020
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Outstanding"


u495328400's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2020
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great course , great challenge, wonderful day at golf. Draw back foursome ahead to slow for not reason, playing extra balls and chasing all over, but the course is outstanding as always a great day, by the way birdy 17.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000006685230's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2020
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



tank7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2020
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



lars8lasers's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Visit area often, best by far. Los Colinas second best (sister course)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic."


jam16sugar's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I review this course every time I play, and I rave every time. Every. Single. Time.

Such a unique course for Florida -- hilly, and with big, old trees that spread into the fairway and block vision on several shots. The front 9 from the blues plays longer than the 6600 yards. Mistakes are punished. Greens are firm and fast and sloping.

There are only two negatives. One, the sand was a little inconsistent bunker to bunker. There were a couple of green side traps with greens close together (2, 11) that had less sand. And the second is that it's in the Orlando metro, but it's a good ride from downtown, and there isn't much else around.

That said, it's worth the drive and the effort to get there. You won't be sorry.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000007685638's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"El Campeon"


tgsavoldy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In addition to the course being incredibly maintained, the employees really go out of their way to ensure an overall positive experience. From the moment that you park your car, an employee is there with your golf cart. He happily removes your clubs from your trunk and places them on the cart. When you enter the pro shop, Nicole greets you with a smile and wishes you a fun round. The starter is efficient, helping you get to the first tee efficiently. The course has a great layout with multiple elevation changes which is somewhat rare in Florida. Although challenging, this is a fun golf course with some very scenic holes. When COVID concerns are behind us, I look forward to visiting the restaurant and other amenities that this great resort has to offer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Consistently Top Notch"


u000008223000's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in very good shape. Greens had been sanded. Some were sanded heavier than others so that made for an added challenge from hole to hole. Grounds crew is very nice and considerate. You can tell they take pride in presenting a well maintained course. They layout is excellent and challenging. It's a nice change from the normal flat Florida courses. Highly recommend and I wI'll continue to return when time allows.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course, very challenging..."


sheertravel's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent condition, they had a snack cart, facilities were nice , fairways where well kept, the greens rolled well and the golf carts were electric , quiet and extremely fast with extra power to get up the steep elevations... All in all a very enjoyable experience!...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




u00000331580's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Mission Inn - Hidden Gem"


u000001934012's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2020
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

My wife and I stayed at Mission Inn Resort so we could play both Las Colinas and El Campeon courses. It was a fantastic experience and we will definitely be back. The courses were in great shape and the resort was great as well. I highly recommend it as a nice getaway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




Margolf153's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Unusual Florida layout offers fun round"


LcpV0LuG8K6BqiH3l4tn's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2020
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had heard various things about the old course at Mission Inn but wanted to see for myself.

First, the driving range. The balls and teeing area were very acceptable. But the range itself? The term "goat ranch" may have been too kind. Somebody got a mower?

The layout was quite interesting and the course played longer than its listed yardage. After a few holes I got it...no roll..and on many holes you drove into or up a steep hill.

Ok..no problem.

But my main complaint was the greens, which appeared to be in fine shape, had been top dressed to the max. The putting green was not so marred. Putting was a joke at best. I understand that these maintenance issues must be done. But how about a little warning or suggesting that we play the new 18?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Classic Course. MUST PLAY!"


Jane3003759's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a classic gem that cannot be overlooked by any serious golfer. El Campeon is a 103-year-old course located in the middle-of-nowhere, Florida. This is the second time I've played it and there is no other course in the state like this one. Bold hills, challenging bunkers & greens, extraordinary surroundings. The conditions, amenities, and playability are a bit on the rough side, but the overall experience is unmatched. I can't wait to play here again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



"Slow Play Day"


u6958605's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2020
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape but the pace of play was slow and no rangers out there to speed it up. Other than that great place & value.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course"


QU5PkzC1us7YI5nkRhJR's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2020
First time playing

Reviewed on

fun, challenging, good layout, tee boxes beat up, some greens were beat up, pace of play was terrible. All things considered, id play it again. Also, would recommend to friends. If they fixed the pace of play issues, it would be a great course. 5.5 hours as a single was rough.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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