MetroWest Golf Club Review
Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Date Last Played: February 28, 2010
MetroWest Golf Club Review
Wow, what a fun and interesting layout in the middle of Orlando. MetroWest Golf Course is a pretty typical Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design – wide open off the tee box; small, tight and well protected greens; avoidable fairway bunkers; and a playable rough. His philosophy seems to be “make it easy off the tee box and tough on the approach and putting.” MetroWest is a Champions Tour Qualifying Site and has received a number of awards and accolades, some of which include: voted #1 Public Golf Course by Orlando Magazine; Best Greens by Florida Golf Central; 4 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play; and Golf Digest's Pace of Play commendation.
What makes Metro West a memorable round of golf is:
- several elevated tee boxes
- rolling, sloping, and contoured fairways
- small greens a number of which are elevated
- some challenging risk reward opportunities
- blind shots, water on 10 holes, steep faced bunkers, and dog legs
. For example, #4 is a 610 yard par 5 with a sharp dog leg right around a lake to the green – a long drive presents an opportunity to risk carrying the lake to shorten the hole or you can try the equally risky shot to a narrow approach to the green with several bunkers waiting for a bad shot. The 562 yard par 5 #14 is another fun hole – the second shot is a blind downhiller to a small green surrounded by water. And #18 is a good finishing hole where unseen water encroaches into the fairway in front of the green and around the right side.
The fairways are tree lined, road lined, or play by some homes and pastel apartments/condos. The fairways were dormant when we played in February and conditions weren’t the best thanks to some unusually harsh cold weather prior to our visit. From what we hear, normally MetroWest is in above average condition. The greens are small with minor slope and undulation and were a little slow and bumpy when we played – again, thanks to the bad weather.
This is a course where you can let-er-rip off the tee box and then bring out your “A” game for the approaches and putting. It presents an opportunity to score well and have a very fun and memorable round. We played MetroWest as part of a fun filled seven days in Orlando where we rode in an Indy race car, saw alligators on an air-boat ride, sky dived in a wind tunnel, flew a 1946 World War II fighter trainer, para-sailed, swam with the manatees, ate too much good food, enjoyed some fun nightlife, golfed 9 different courses, and got very little sleep! Read our Orlando Vacation article to learn more about this adventure packed vacation.
Head Pro's Corner
Course Slope & Ratings
- Course Architect:
- Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
- Greens Condition
- Greens Difficulty
- Beware of water on 10 holes and the 79 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 8.4 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $55.00 to $95.00
Golf World listed MetroWest's pro shop in the 100 Best Golf Shops, the practice facility is adequate, and the service is friendly.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.