JAN 2018

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 29 Sponsored Content Drive-in Meetings See Ad On Page 68 ong considered Orlando's premier resort property, the Villas of Grand Cypress set the standard for golf resorts. The 1,500-acre resort with 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf in the heart of Orlando became the model that others emulated. Currently ranked the number one Orlando hotel on TripAdvisor, the resort offers its guests world-class amenities, elegantly appointed ac- commodations, and the perfect setting for buddy trips, family getaways, and corporate or group meetings and retreats. For starters, the location is unbeatable. Though all of Orlando's offerings, including the adjacent Walt Disney World, are within easy reach, the resort is an enclave in the midst of the destination. Bordered by lush palms, manicured hedges and brightly colored flowers, 146 ac- commodations, set among a Villa enclave, offer the ultimate in space and comfort. The Club Suites and multi bedroom Villas provide spec- tacular views of the waterways or fairways of the North Course. Private terraces and attentive housekeeping services ensure your stay will be relaxing, refreshing, and unforgettable. And while there is so much to do at the resort—including bicycling, catch-and-release fishing, working out at the Fitness Center, or relaxing in the pool, sauna, and hot tub—it is the golf that still impresses most. Grand Cypress may have been Nicklaus' first multi-course resort design, but he hit the mark perfectly. The 27-hole North/South/East Course provides the ultimate test of accuracy. With three separate 9-hole layouts, you can mix and match your ideal round. The New Course is Jack Nicklaus' tribute and homage to the Old Course at St. Andrews, com- plete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns, and 150 pot bunkers. Holes #1 and #18 on the New Course are exact replicas of the corresponding holes on the Old Course, including The Valley of Sin on the 18th green. The Executive Meeting Center, a short walk from The Villas, offers four separate meeting rooms totaling 10,000 square feet of meeting space. It is ideal for meeting and social groups of 200 or less. Meeting rooms, which can be divided into eight self-contained, soundproof meeting and banquet rooms, surround an open atrium and overlook a scenic garden terrace. Over the years, all the greats practiced here, including Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. You'll find it the ideal place to hone your game, too. The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, in partnership with the Golf Channel, features three practice holes with multiple pin place- ments, and Fred Griffin, one of Golf Digest's Top 50 Instructors. The Villas of Grand Cypress, your "oasis" to the Orlando meeting market. ■ Looking For A GRAND Alternative In Orlando? L The Villas of Grand Cypress (407) 239-1915

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