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If you're not coming to Orlando to explore its theme parks, chances are you've come to visit its links. More than 170 golf courses – many of which have ties to area resorts – can be found throughout Orlando and its suburbs. Walt Disney World Resort offers four courses, while guests who stay at accommodations located on Universal Orlando Resort grounds receive golf privileges at select area fairways.

According to prior visitors, some of Orlando's best greens are part of the Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando properties, thanks in part to their beautiful surroundings and friendly staff. Another favorite: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge's Champion, Challenger and Charger links. This course was rated the third best public golf course in Florida by Golf Magazine and is popular with locals and tourists alike. However, a few previous visitors felt that the Disney courses were a bit overpriced, especially after factoring in the average link conditions.

The bulk of Orlando's top golf courses reside southwest of downtown in or near Kissimmee, Windermere, Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, Florida. Most cannot be reached by public transportation, but all of Disney's courses are accessible via Walt Disney World Resort's buses, monorails or ferries. Green fees vary by course, but expect to pay $8 to $135 per person. Most links are open daily and provide free valet or self-parking, as well as access to restrooms, pro shops and restaurants or food and beverage carts. More information about Orlando's courses can be found on OrlandoGolf.com's website.

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#1 Walt Disney World Resort Excessive, exhausting and expensive, Walt Disney World Resort is above all else enchanting. Composed of four theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal ... Read more » Handout / Handout / Getty Images

#2 Universal Orlando Resort Whether you're traveling with little ones, teenagers, friends or your significant other, odds are you'll find something to enjoy at Universal Orlando Resort. This sprawling entertainment area features ... Read more » Brett Kiger / Flickr

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#4 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex As much a part of Orlando's culture as Mickey and Minnie, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is another alternative to the city's crowded theme parks. Though it ... Read more » Purdue9394 / Getty Images

#5 SeaWorld Orlando While Mickey's house and Harry's wizarding world are certainly magical, many vacationers find Shamu's lair equally enchanting. And if you're short on time, you might want ... Read more » jimfeng / Getty Images

#6 Golf If you're not coming to Orlando to explore its theme parks, chances are you've come to visit its links. More than 170 golf courses – many of which have ... Read more » ivanastar / Getty Images

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#12 Fun Spot America Although these amusement parks are not as well-known as those found at SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, Fun Spot offers a plethora of rides, including ... Read more » Rain0975 / Flickr

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