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Orlando: The perfect site for the PGA Merchandise Show & your next golf trip

By Dan McDonald, PGA.com
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Orlando is once again the host-site of this year’s Major of the Golf Business, the PGA Merchandise Show, and this central Florida gem should be towards the top of your list for the next major in your golf trip planning agenda! 
Let’s dig into the details on why Orlando is the perfect place to play some golf!
Easy, inexpensive flights
If you’re flying from a major city’s airport, chances are that flights to Orlando won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And there are also a host of regional airports that provide non-stop service to Orlando so you can avoid those pesky layovers. 
If you utilize tools such as Google Flights to track pricing on flights, you can further maximize how far your dollars go in planning your trip.
Picture-perfect weather
Tired of the snow and slush? Had enough of the bitter cold piercing straight to your bones on a windy winter day? 
Head south and enjoy the warmth of Florida’s sunshine. 
With the “coldest” average high temperature of 72 degress, and the “coldest” average low of 49 happening in January — and only about 4 days of rain per month during the winter months — the odds of you soaking up some Vitamin D is high.
While winter is the busy season in Orlando, heading down in the summer isn’t a bad option either. You have some more rain — and a lot more humidity — to contend with, but you are able to play some incredible courses for quite a value. Schedule your tee times in the early morning and you’ll be able to keep your sweat level down.
Plenty of golf options
Speaking of scheduling tee times, there are some incredible options for golf courses in the area. 
Let’s start with the host of PGA Demo Day, Orange County National. If you’re looking to just spend a day honing your game during your trip, this is a great stop!
Boasting the “Largest driving range in the nation,” you can camp out here all day and work on every aspect of your game. Additionally, they have two 18-hole courses as well as a 9-hole executive course that provide quite the test.
The most famous course in the area and ranked highest among travel guides is Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge. The course plays host to the Arnold Palmer Invitational each March and is open for play to non-member guests staying at the Lodge. Bay Hill a course that should be on every golfer’s bucket list!
Here are some other courses to consider in the area:
Plenty of entertainment options away from golf
When you hear the name Orlando, one of the first things that comes to mind is Disney World.
If you’re bringing your family or are just looking to mix up your trip with entertainment away from the golf course, Orlando has plenty of that to offer.
From hotel resorts that have great pools to hang out to theme parks, you can easily create an itinerary that accomplishes all of the goals for your group. 
A great launching point for your trip
Orlando is also a great central point to explore golf experiences all across Central Florida.
One of the top destinations for golf in the nation — Streamsong Resort — sits about 75 miles from Orlando. 
You can also get to the coastal courses in the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area as well as around Daytona Beach within about 90 minutes. 
So, as you look to plan your next golf trip, take a look at all the incredible options Orlando has to offer you and your group.
#2020 PGA Merchandise Show
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