Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 5
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 5
With big greens and plenty of water and sand, the Gary Koch-designed Las Colinas golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club is a formidable challenge. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - 5th
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - 5th
The reachable par-5 fifth on the Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Resort and Club comes with some risk. Courtesy of Mission Inn Resort
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 8
Water right and a bunker left are among the pitfalls on the par-4 eighth hole on the Las Colinas golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey in the Hills, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 18
The Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey In The Hills, Fla. ends with a risk-reward par 5. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 17
With water left and right and fronting the left side of the green, the 416-yard 17th on the Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn has plenty of bite. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - 15th tee
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - 15th tee
A suit of armor guards the tee on the par-3 15th hole on the Las Colinas golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey in the Hills, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 11
A pond guards the par-3 11th on the Las Colinas golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in central Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 3
The tee shot on the par-4 third on the Las Colinas golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club is a little daunting. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mission Inn Resort - Las Colinas golf course - no. 12
The green is tucked away on the par-5 12th on the Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey in the Hills, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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The other golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club near Orlando: Gary Koch's Las Colinas Course

HOWEY IN THE HILLS, Fla. -- Also known as "The Hills," Mission Inn Resort and Club's Las Colinas Course was designed by former PGA Tour player Gary Koch. Opened in 1992, it contrasts with the resort's other golf course, El Campeon, which is actually hillier and opened in 1917.

Las Colinas has six sets of tees and measures 7,230 yards from the tips. Spread out through a development, the course features large greens, plenty of water and sand, and thick trees guarding many of the fairways.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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With the possible exception of exclusive Mountain Lake, there is nothing quite like the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club when it comes to golf in Florida. One of the hilliest courses in the state, El Campeon is also one of the oldest, dating back to 1917. Simply put, it has plenty of character with a finishing stretch among the toughest in central Florida.
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The other golf course at Mission Inn Resort and Club near Orlando: Gary Koch's Las Colinas Course