Mission Inn Resort & Club - El Campeon Course in Howey in the Hills, Florida, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
1400 Reviews (1400)
5 Stars
960
4 Stars
313
3 Stars
82
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
22
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
90.8%
Recommend this course
1309 out of 1400 reviews
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4.3
86 Reviews (86)
5 Stars
43
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.2%
Recommend this course
75 out of 86 reviews
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4.3
174 Reviews (174)
5 Stars
91
4 Stars
54
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.9%
Recommend this course
153 out of 174 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7015 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.8
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Mission Inn Resort & Club - El Campeon Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1917
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect C. E. Clarke (1926) George O'Neil (1917)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
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.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
1400 Reviews (1400)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 56
Dinner 42
Brunch 39
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 138
Water Hazards 121
Bunkers 111
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 103
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 96
A Weekend Splurge 86
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 129
At a Resort 99
In the 'Burbs 37

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Absolutely The BEST!

El Campeon at Mission Inn is absolutely the best place you can play in Florida. I have played here foe many years and have never not found the course in perfect condition. It is challenging and fun. It has the best scenic holes anywhere. You have uphill shots, downhill shots, peninsula greens, elevated greens, doglegs. The designer was genius. It is my favorite course in Florida.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course. Well deserves it rating as the #13 course in FL

This course is a traditional, challenging course atypical for FL. The elevation changes are amazing. To score on this course, you need to bring your A game. Fairways are fair in width, but tree lined and the rough is gnarly. The rough in most places is a 3/4 shot penalty. The greens had been aerated about 2 weeks ago but putted well with the light sand layer that had been applied. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants a fair, hard challenge to their game.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

A must Play

great Course, Great Experience, Will go back for sure

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

Challenging course makes you think.The more I play it the better I like it.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Feels like you are not playing in Florida.

This is a fun course with a lot of elevation and greens that will keep you guessing. Last time out, they had high rough which made for a slower round as the ball tends to disappear. There was a lot of people looking for their ball for quite a while. The prices are a bit high for the summer time, slow play, and location to really grab repeat play. But, it's a fun track that will test your skills while you enjoy the scenery and nature.

Staff is great.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great

What a great course do yourself a favor and go play it

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Milvet

The staff was friendly but this is not a 4 star course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Rough was rough

First time playing this course. We were warned it is difficult and that’s fine…..but when the rough is so high that you can’t find your ball that’s frustrating. Sometimes we couldn’t even see our feet because the grass was so high. We shot about 10 strokes higher than our norm. We are in the 11 index range. Not sure we will put ourselves through that frustration again.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Birthday Blast

A birthday gift from my wife and our first time traveling here. I joined up with a great group of guys that get together every year to play. El Campeon was such a beautiful course, layout, conditions and experience! Rough was truly rough! I lost a couple balls and helped look for some with the guys throughout the course. Fairway is your friend. Greens rolled true. need to remind others to fix their ball marks to keep it rolling nice. Lot of people golfing and pace was little slower but not terrible. Overall about a 5 hr round but the minimal downtimes allowed me to soak in the beautiful hills and landscaping of the property. I will certainly be back again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Steep hills and lots of water.

El Campion is a difficult track with extreme elevation changes on several holes. Many tight driving holes as well with narrow fairways. The greens are flawless. The fairways were beautiful. The tee boxes were OK and the bunkers were well maintained. The rough is brutally long. Allowing Bermuda grass to grow 6 to 8 inches is just stupid. They really ought to do something about this. All it does is slow down play. Lots of water, too with some forced carry shots. Bring plenty of balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rough roughes

Rough was cut very thick, if you miss the fairway, good luck finding your ball, otherwise is a beautiful course

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

They switch course on us

Los Collins's was no in that great of shape , a lot of washed areas, construction, the course has gone down hill from the last time I played their.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 140
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Bad

I never saw a ranger and the group’s in front of me where rude ( they spent 10 minutes on every green and they didn’t care that I was in the fairways waiting for them to get off the greens ) they all need to play one ball and play golf not sure what they thought they were playing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice layout

No complaints about this course. Good layout and conditions were excellent. I will be playing here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A Must Play

This course did not disappoint. The course itself was immaculate. We played on the same day as an amateur tournament and man was it tough. I lost at least 6 balls, and only 1 went into the water. The other 5 vanished in the rough. The rough had to have been at least a foot deep. We watched every shot down, would drive immediately to it, and the ball would be nowhere to be found, just feet off of the fairway. I’ve heard this called “The Augusta National of Howey-In-The-Hills,” and I see why. The hills, thick rough, and tight pine-tree-lined fairways were unlike anything else in the Central Florida area. Fairways were in great condition. Greens rolled pure. It was something special.

Pace of play was a little slow. It was a Saturday which is to be expected, but there was really only one foursome causing the traffic jam. Don’t remember seeing a marshal out, but it wasn’t too bad. The only other gripe was that the pro shop wasn’t aware of any GolfPass Perks. It’s shown on the course page, but three different pro shop employees had no clue what it was referring too. Overall, it was a challenging course that exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Love the challenge

Great course layout is awesome. I had a great time yesterday. I'll be back. The course is in great shape from tee to green.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 21
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course

Second time playing El Campeon and it was just as amazing as the first. Plenty of elevation changes, some being pretty extreme. Some blind fairway shots. Greens were spectacular. Smooth and fairly fast. Not lightning quick. Ideal I'd say. Staff was friendly. Only issue was some inexperience with the food service. Time will fix that. Not a typical Fla course by an means. Worth the trip. Did not stay at resort so cannot attest to anything there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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