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Posted by The Real Estate Reporter on Jun 10, 2020 3:46:13 PM

Why Lake County's Mission Inn is Top Rated for Golf & Resort Living

Mission Inn Golf Resort & Club is an award-winning golf resort and Real Estate community in Lake County, Florida spread out over 1,100 acres. Located in the beautiful and historic area of Howey-in-the-Hills, Mission Inn encompasses a Spanish Colonial theme, traveling accommodations, championship golf courses, luxurious Real Estate, and top of the line amenities.

Here's a closer look at why this famous resort community is so sought after for those looking at homes for sale or for top Florida recreation:


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Mission Inn & Resort is located in Howey-in-the-Hills - a serene and colorful small town located in Lake County, Florida. Guests and residents of Mission Inn enjoy unique establishments, picturesque rolling hills, and even a refreshing breeze courtesy of Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, and several other small bodies of water nearby. 

The Yalaha Bakery is a famous 'German bakery like no other' located in Howey-in-the-Hills and even has a Biergarten where visitors can relax, listen to music, and enjoy their delicious treats. Several other local favorites and sights include the popular Howey Market, the Historic Howey Mansion, a blueberry farm, and even 'Central Florida's favorite' craft distillery!

Top Florida Golfing

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Mission Inn is one of Florida's top golf resorts with two championship courses - El Campeon and Las Colinas - that attract both locals and visitors alike. 

El Campeon is one of the oldest golf courses in the South, originally designed in 1917. The 18-hole, par-72 course has been named among the top 10 best courses in the country and the top 25-course layouts in the state through the years thanks to its changing elevations and 100 years of history.

This challenging and serene beauty has been seen by some of the golf greats including Hogan, O'Meara, and Babe Didrickson-Zaharias to name a few.

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Las Colinas, meaning "the hills" in Spanish, is an 18-hole par-72 championship course that opened in 1992. It offers a bit of a different experience than El Campeon as it's an inland links course with wider and more open fairways.

The exception to wide fairways is the signature 12th hole called "Alligator Alley" which is a narrow, undulating 493-yard par-5 bordered by trees on both sides and requires precise accuracy to the green. Las Colinas is also a top U.S. ranked course and has earned several other accolades through the years too. 

Resort Dining

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Dining at Mission Inn is especially delicious with 4 restaurants and two lounges ranging in mood and cuisine - there's a lot to choose from and love. 

El Conquistador Restaurant overlooking Plaza de la Fontana offers a fine dining experience with refined menu options and an assortment of wines. Las Margarita overlooks the dazzling Plaza de Las Palmas, has a more casual but elegant vibe, and features an intimate bar and firepit area. 

Nicker's Club Restaurant is located right next to the pro shop and offers a more laid back atmosphere but with great course and lake views to accompany. There is a fully stocked bar and several big-screen televisions for guests to enjoy as well. La Hacienda is a lakeside restaurant overlooking the signature 17th hole on the El Campeon course. This restaurant offers daily breakfast buffets including their popular Sunday Champagne Brunch, and lunch is served seasonally. 

Additional perks for resort guests and members include poolside food services as well!

Resort Amenities & More

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In addition to golf, other resort activities include trap and skeet shooting, group and trail cycling, a fitness center, pool, championship tennis courts, full-service tennis shop, and tennis professionals. In true Lake County fashion, guests and visitors from afar can also utilize all the perks of Mission Inn's Marina Del Rey on Lake Harris. The marina offers guests boat rentals, a nature trail, fishing licenses, a lakeside pavilion, and more. 

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The luxurious Marbella Spa is another fabulous amenity at Mission Inn. Massages, facials, and a variety of other Marbella treatments are focused on helping to refresh and recharge the body. Whether you're a visitor or resident looking to indulge yourself or your friends, services are available to all by appointment.

Hiking and exploring are provided in the form of the Trails of Conquistadors within the El Campeon course layout. These two trail options offer not only recreation and fresh air but also mix in some historical and educational aspects.

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Both golf and social memberships are offered for the resort club. Members have special rates at the Spa and Marina del Rey. Two ballrooms for meetings, various community event space, or even great venue options for elegant weddings are also available. Custom catering for events or gatherings can be provided by the resort restaurants as well. Mission Inn also offers a unique service called 'Adventure Learning' which encompasses a variety of team-building and learning experiences.

For traveling visitors, there are plenty of accommodations available as well that will make you feel right at home ranging from deluxe hotel rooms to club suites featuring resort and golf views and more.

Calling Mission Inn Home

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Mission Inn Resort & Club is not only a great escape for area travelers, but it's also a great place to call home. Real Estate options range from luxurious estate homes, golf front, villas, and more.

Mission Sonoma and Mission Corondo provide condominium options around the El Campeon course. The stunning Las Colinas community offers resort living at its finest with Spanish Colonial architecture and tile roofs around the golf courses. This gated golf community offers walkways leading around the courses to the clubhouse and even to Little Harris Lake.

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Home options in Las Colinas include Custom Fairway Homes built along the Las Colinas course on lots that are 80' x 150' wide and include custom designs. Luxurious Club Homes feature up to 2,600 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchens, 12' high ceilings, and garage space for golf carts. Villa Homes are offered on 54' x 150' deep lots and up to 2,200 square feet with golf view options as well to just name a few. 

The Mission Inn Resort & Club offers the best of both worlds when it comes to travel and an overall comfortable lifestyle. Whether you're stopping by for a quick bite to eat or a relaxing game of golf, taking a much-needed mini-vacation, or looking for a more permanent resort-style living - the options are endless at this incredible location.

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