Bella Collina Golf Club

4.6668235294 4.7 stars from 5 (382)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7594 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 77.0
  • Layout

  • 15920 County Road 455 , Montverde, Florida 34756
  • (407) 469-4961, (407) 469-4999
  • www.bellacollina.com

Year built: 2008
Architect(s): Nick Faldo (2008), Steve Smyers (2008)
Type: Private/Resort
Greens: TifDwarf Grass
Fairways: 419 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Bella Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Faldo 72 7594 yards 77.0 142
Tournament 72 7270 yards 75.4 138
Championship 72 6920 yards 73.8 136
Member 72 6504 yards 71.6 131
Club 72 6021 yards 69.6 122
Club (W) 72 6021 yards 75.3 136
Bella 72 5455 yards 66.9 115
Bella (W) 72 5455 yards 72.2 129

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 382 Reviews
5 stars:
256
4 stars:
88
3 stars:
28
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

350 out of 377 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"BEST GOLF COURSE IN Central Florida"


Rookiepr's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2020
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great course. Fairways are in excellent conditions. Pace of play was quite slow but staff was on top of it. Overall excellent experience. This is one of the best golf courses in Florida.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great as always"


u000004242521's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’ve played this course a bunch (20-30 times). It’s my favorite Florida 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


Commented on 10/01/2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We're glad you enjoy our course and we hope to see you back soon!


"Such a beautiful and well maintained course"


aakash84's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only complaint was the pace of play. 1 four ball held up two four balls behind it. Ranger was on course yet pace of play did not improve. Took the joy out of the round. Especially during these hot summer days


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/05/2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you back soon!


"Love this course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great Layout. Loved every minute of it. Very

challenging but fun!


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


Commented on 07/13/2020

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We're so happy you were pleased with our course. We hope to see you back soon!


"Dog track"


u000004142216's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2020
First time playing

Reviewed on

Greens were terrible course was in terrible shape pace of play was terrible club house was gorgeous


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


u000001946341's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We all have experienced the 18th hole regret which we drown on the 19th hole . You will experience no such emotion here. This Nick Faldo course delivers from the green tees to the tips.

Courses deliver delights by there beauty, their intimidation from the tees.(where is my target?) and do I have that shot in my bag?). The Club house ambiance and the course anxiety.

Course anxiety should be triggered only by the target and your ability and negligiby from the other players , the club house.

We were on this occasion focused only on the course anxiety.

It was wonderful and started with distance control of the first tee to hitting draws off the next 3 tees.

Accuracy was also a premium forcing you to focus and play your best game.

This course was not a bragging course as many of the holes gave you a look at sand traps which appeared smaller than they actually were luring you into going for the risky shot for which you paid the penallty.

The course conditions were immaculate and the greens were fast .

Being on the green was no assurance you would get a birdie or par.

.Kudos to the greens keepers and course managers.

I think the price was a wee bit much but there are of course benefits to be gained there.

All in all a great course and wonderful challenge to the serious golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/02/2020

Hi there! Thank you for the amazing review. We hope to see you again soon!


"I LOVE THIS COURSE!!"


CoctailBob's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2020
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is an exceptional course. If you get the chance don't miss out.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/30/2020

Hi there, thank you so much for your review. We hope to see you back soon!


"Great Course"


Boss0069's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2020
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was fun to play and a great challenge. The Greens were to Great shape and very testy the fairways had some spots needed help but they have arrested. Great pace of play .


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


Commented on 05/22/2020

Hi there,

Thank you for leaving us this review. We're so glad you enjoyed our course. We hope to see you again soon!


"Excellent"


ndhall1986's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2020
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Excellent, Immaculate, Challenging... worth every penny.


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



Commented on 03/20/2020

Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you back soon.


Commented on 02/25/2020

Hello, thank you for the review! We appreciate the feedback and hope you will come play again soon.



TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2020
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

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



Commented on 02/25/2020

Hey there, we appreciate you leaving us a review! Come visit us again soon.


"Bella Collina – A Slice of Tuscany in Florida and the State’s Ultimate Golf Package"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2020
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Driving to the private golf community of Bella Collina, our GPS took us through the quaint town of Montverde, FL, home of the Montverde Academy, one of the country’s most prestigious private college prep schools. We soon came to the gates of Bella Collina, a 1,900-acre private golf and lakefront community owned by Dwight C. Schar and DCS Investment Holdings. Mr. Schar is a co-owner of the Washington Redskins football team and founding chairman of NVR Inc., one of America’s largest homebuilders. The property was purchased from disgraced real-estate developer Bobby Ginn.

Since purchasing Bella Collina, Mr. Schar and DCS Investment Holdings have invested more than $200 million on the infrastructure and amenities. As big a footprint as the community has, there are less than 1,000 homesites within the guarded gates. This Tuscan-inspired luxury community offers new home sites, luxury estate homes and upscale condo residences, all in a breathtaking setting that overlooks Lake Apopka and Lake Siena. Residents have access to just about every amenity imaginable: a private spring-fed lake, a Sir Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness center, resort-style pool complex, spa and salon and multiple dining venues. Bella Collina is about 30 minutes from Walt Disney World theme parks and a mere 90 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico beaches.

As you pass through the gates and wind your way up the hill to Bella Collina’s 75,000-square-foot clubhouse - affectionately dubbed “The Castle - you get the idea that you’re in for something special. The clubhouse can be seen from just about anywhere on the golf course and is comprised of six buildings which include a restaurant, spa and fitness center as well as a wine cellar and humidor. It’s a page right out of the architectural digests of Tuscany with its plazas, fountains and terraces with features such as barrel tile ceilings and intricate custom woodwork and stonework.

If you’re here to play golf, you will quickly realize that Bella Collina is not your typical golf experience. In fact, the 18-hole championship golf course at Bella Collina is like nothing else you will see in the state. The course was designed by PGA TOUR Hall of Famer Nick Faldo and plays a whopping 7,617 yards from the “Faldo” tees, although I have to wonder if Sir Nick actually plays these tees when he visits. From these tees the course carries a rating of 76.8 and a slope of 136. We played the course from the “Combo Tees” (Member/Club) which play 6,307 yards (70.8/120) and still offers a great test of golf. Six sets of tees offer lengths that will appeal to every golfer regardless of skill. Pick the set that best suit your game and you’re bound to have a memorable time!

Faldo has done a fantastic job of utilizing the area’s rolling terrain to create a masterpiece that is as visually stunning as it is fun to play. Trust me, your shot making ability will be challenged as will your thought process. Bella Collina is surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of Central Florida and features dramatic elevation changes which are evident as you stand on the first tee and look down the fairway. Although most fairways are wide open and water only comes into play on one hole, don’t think Bella Collina is without its fair share of hazards. Between the massive bunkering in the fairways and around the greens and the waste bunkers that are everywhere, a good sand game is a necessity if you plan on scoring well. Your success will hinge on good approach shots, many of which play uphill and require at least one extra club. Greens are well undulated and, in most cases, well protected. Missed greens will leave difficult chip shots from the swales and mounds that surround them and can make a par that much tougher. There are a few forced carries but nothing that will overwhelm the average player.

Bella Collina also boasts a world-class practice facility including a full-length driving range with multiple target greens, a short-game area that is second to none, practice bunkers and practice greens. The pro shop is stocked with a lot of the latest golf gear and apparel from the industry’s top manufacturers. The men’s and women’s locker rooms are some of the most lavish facilities I have ever seen; the whirlpool/hot tub and steam room areas are in a class by themselves.

There are two restaurants in the Clubhouse as well as several dining venues. The 19th Hole is casual and laid back and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It’s the restaurant the public has access to. The talented culinary team creates seasonal dishes and adds some interesting twists to classic dishes. The 19th Hole is the perfect place to grab a quick bite before your round or stop by afterwards and enjoy your favorite beverage. For members and their guests, there’s the private, member’s only restaurant Cucina.

Many residents at Bella Collina live an active lifestyle and take advantage of Florida’s year-round sunshine. In addition to an award winning golf course and impressive tennis complex, scenic walking and biking trails meander throughout the property and make for a great low-impact workout. There’s also a resort-style aquatic center with two 75-foot lap lanes, sun deck, whirlpool spa and a covered terrace with bar and grill/ There’s also a 3,000-square-foot fitness center equipped with the latest cardio equipment, free weights and strength-training machines as well as a luxurious full-service spa and hair salon which not only offers a full slate of services for members and residents, but is open to the public on a limited basis.

Just in case you haven’t figured it out, Bella Collina is the perfect place to host your next event. Whether it’s a corporate golf outing or the wedding of your dreams, the experienced tournament and event staff will take care of everything down to the last detail. On the golf side, they are there to help with everything from pre-planning details to a professional scoreboard and scoring; they’ll leave it to you to hand out the prizes! Food and drink issues will be handled as well and you won’t find a better laid out or conditioned course in all of Florida.

When it comes to weddings and their planning, Bella Collina has the experienced staff to handle it all, down to the last detail. They are one of the top ceremony and reception venues in all of Central Florida. Whether it’s an intimate guest list of 50 or a gala celebration of 300, Bella Collina’s staff will pair an exquisite dining experience with the service and attention you desire. Because they pride themselves in exclusivity, only one wedding per night is booked. Their culinary team and event staff will work with you to make sure the menu and room layout are planned just right.

If your purpose in coming to Florida is a golf vacation, look no further than Bella Collina. Thanks to the community’s latest real estate addition - Siena at Bella Collina, a 100-unit luxury condo development –golfers have the ability to stay – and play – at Bella Collina. Golf packages include access to many of the communities otherwise private amenities including the lakefront pool and fitness center and the walking trails, tennis facilities, full-service spa, 19th Hole restaurant, and the golf course. Inside these luxurious two and three-bedroom condos you’ll find an owners suite with private bath, a formal dining room with seating for six, a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living room furniture with Wi-Fi and cable TV. Fresh linens and towels are also provided. Some units have a den, which is perfect for couples traveling with children. Now you can experience a golf getaway like no other.

Bella Collina is a community where families and friends build lasting memories in a new era of country club living. It’s a club that wants to cater to future generations. The club members of today are looking for a lifestyle that is family-oriented in nature, therefore they need an entire suite of amenities that cater to everyone in the family.

You need not be a Bella Collina resident to become a member of one of Florida’s most impressive golf properties. Currently, they are offering perhaps the most affordable membership program I’ve ever seen, especially for a course and facility of this caliber.

Their new membership referral program is tailored to golfers and is designed for you and three friends, however just two make take advantage of it. The new Friends and Family program is a golf only membership and includes unlimited cart fees, golf course and range access, dining at both the 19th Hole and Cucina Restaurants, access to the pool, spa, locker room and inclusion in member events. There is a $200 application fee and dues run as low as $350/month for a foursome. Other family members may be added for $100 each.

As you can see, Bella Collina is a great place to join and indulge your recreational side. And now with the opening of Siena, it’s a great place for a golf vacation on one of the state’s most unique golf courses. If you’re headed to the Orlando area on a family or golf vacation, take some time and arrange a visit to Bella Collina. For more information, visit www.bellacollina.com.


Pace of Play: Good

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



Commented on 03/12/2020

BS. Ridiculous.


Commented on 02/25/2020

Thank you for the glowing review!



gc1815698404's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2020
First time playing

Reviewed on


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


Commented on 08/05/2020

Thank you so much for your rating! We hope to see you back!


"Awesome experience but..."


gc1815698404's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2020
First time playing

Reviewed on

Excellent course to play, Had the misfortune to be interrupted by groundskeeper crew doing work around the tees, fairways and greens. Other than that, loved it!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/05/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback! We hope to see you back soon!


"Fun, Challenging and Immaculate"


6Nh7NG7ZU7kccAXgcbP1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Our day started out with breakfast in the 19th hole. The food was more than reasonably priced, fresh and delicious. GUI, our server was very friendly and attentive. The staff in the pro shop were very friendly and made us feel welcomed and not just “another tee time”. The practice facilities were exceptional, I’m glad we had ample time to take advantage of them before our tee time. The course has bunkers and waste areas throughout but balanced with vast fairways and risk reward landing areas. I would recommend this spectacular Faldo design to EVERYONE! Multiple tees make this course fun for all skill levels. I can hardly wait to come back. Bella Collina is a must play when in the Orlando area.


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



Commented on 01/14/2020

Hello, Thank you for leaving such a stunning review. Please come again soon.


"Bella Collina Dec 1 2019"


MJPULS3978's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape, greens seemed slow compared to our previous day at Orange County National where the greens were a at 12. Loved the elevation changes and course design even in the 17 MPH wind gusts. Rated a 4 for green speed and the fact that we had to walk thru puddles down to the range tees and this was the most expensive course we played in the week. Pace of play was 3:45 with a 3-some on a Sunday morning, course didn't seem busy There is a lot of sand, wide fairways and some blind tee shots. It was a little annoying to have to provide a drivers license to the lady at the gate and wait 5 minutes for her to do whatever she did since we were clearly dressed for golf. The Club house is as impressive as the website says but I was there for the golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/05/2019

Hello, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. We appreciate your feedback on your experience!


"WOW"


kevykev444's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

I have played many courses. This one is by fsr th best. Yes 90$ to play but it was well worth it. Course was in perfect condition. Amazing. I will definitely be back. This course makes Omni, Shingle Creek, and even disney look like a 3 star course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/05/2019

Hello! Thank you so much for the excellent review! We're so glad you enjoyed your time on the course.


"Wow!!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

By far one of the best course I have played in Florida


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/23/2019

Thank you for your rating! Come see us again soon.


"Never fails"


Tilly2007's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Never fails to impress. Tees, fairways and greens all in great condition considering the amount of rain endured over the past two weeks.

Staff friendliness and catering also faultless.


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


Commented on 08/20/2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad you love playing here and hope to see you again soon.



batata1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/29/2019

Hey there, Thanks so much for the review! We hope you can come out and play the course again soon.


"Bella Collina"


jlucas19's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Place is incredible. Aside from the clubhouse, which was hands down the best clubhouse I have ever been in, the course was amazing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/25/2019

Thank you for the review! We hope to see you out on the greens again soon.



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