Located in Orlando, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Reunion Resort offers premier multi-bedroom villas, highlighted by the 96-suite main hotel, and luxury private homes
Reunion Resort features 360 resort accommodations including luxury condominiums, private villas and vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape as well as a nature preserve. It is the only location in the United States with golf courses designed by the golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. The resort also features elegantly appointed meeting space, a full-service boutique spa, multiple pools, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000-foot lazy river. The resort’s steakhouse called Eleven features a rooftop pool and nightly views of the fireworks from nearby Walt Disney World.
“The Honma Experience will be a welcomed addition to our resort,” said Kevin Baker, Kingwood International Corporate Director of Golf & Membership. “It adds even more value to a Reunion visit for our members, guests and local community by providing the opportunity to amplify their golf game with an elevated brand experience and a one-of-a-kind equipment fitting.”
Each custom fitting features a personalized process to match the golfer with the right Honma equipment to optimize distance, accuracy and performance. Honma offers equipment to fit all golfers, with three families aligned with different golfer segments: tour validated T/World, new game improvement line XP-1, and the world renowned BERES. Honma is launching new Tour-inspired products in early 2020.
The premium golf club manufacturer and lifestyle brand was founded inside a small Yokohama workshop
in 1959 and now holistically designs all products in Sakata, Japan. Honma operates as the only company that handles every step from design to final production in-house to create the highest-quality products on the market today. Honma recently opened a new North America headquarters in Carlsbad, CA focused on servicing the world’s largest golf market.
“We are excited to partner with Reunion Resort & Golf Club and introduce more golfers to the Honma Way of beautifully crafted performance,” said Brad Holder, Honma Vice President Marketing. “We’ve heard a lot of demand for Honma equipment and fitting experiences, and Reunion is a perfect destination in the heart of a vibrant golf community.”
Fittings will be available by reservation and will range from $150 to $350. To book a fitting, visit http://bit.ly/HonmaExpatReunion
“Through site tours, customizable intern ships, MIT Programs and facilitating Leadership Development Workshops, we’re able to further equip these students with the skills and knowledge they need to jump into full time employment in the hospitality industry,” said Daniela Falzarano, director of human resources for the resort “We’re proud to be involved in this program, not only to aid in student development but to also gain perspective on the emerging talent that’s out there and build our brand through their new and creative ideas.”
Rosen College partners with employers and organi zations to prepare the future leaders of the hospitality industry. Through these types of internships, Reunion Resort and other organizations provide invaluable career experience, thus offering a higher chance of job placement upon graduation.
On average, Reunion Resort employs one Rosen College student per semester, assigning them to a variety of roles ranging from serv ice to management. In these roles, the students have the opportunity to sharpen skills such as communication, teamwork and professionalism.
“We are continuously improving the resort experience here at Reunion and our world-class golf courses were the next project on the list,” stated property General Manager Kevin Baker. “Our popular courses haven’t seen this scale of renovation since the early days of LPGA tournaments at our complex.”
The project is being overseen by Florida-based ONEGOLF, Inc., which boasts an impressive 20-year track record in golf construction on courses from the Bahamas to South Korea. The enhancements at Reunion include a robust landscaping design and upgrades to drainage lines and bunkers to prevent washouts and damage to the fairways. The Nicklaus course portion of the project is unique due to the nature of the subsoil on which the course was built. New bunker liners will create a barrier between the course’s clay and sand mixture and bunker sand to help prevent contamination. The Reunion team has also been working with the Nicklaus design team to reduce the size of the bunkers to improve playability and allow for more efficient maintenance. Work on the Arnold Palmer course is complete, with only a few bunkers remaining on Jack Nicklaus, and renovations to the Tom Watson course are expected to be completed by October.
“Response from our members and guests so far has been overwhelmingly positive,” stated Baker. “They notice the improvement to the look and play of the courses and are pleased with the end result.”
Recognized by Golf Digest (2018) as one of only six of the “Best Golf Resorts in Florida,” Reunion’s three courses offer something unique during each round. Designed by legendary greats, the courses are of championship level with recent enhancements taking them to the next level of experience. Known for its Parkland-style smooth and flowing layout, the Jack Nicklaus course is as deceptive as it is beautiful, with long horizon lines and elevated tee boxes and greens. Highlighted by fast, firm and wide-rolling fairways, the 7,154-yard, par-72 Tom Watson course is as much about strategy as it is about length. And, at the 6,916-yard, par-72 Arnold Palmer course, players experience rollercoaster-like terrain where dramatic elevation changes – some up to 50 feet in places – create a unique variety of risk/reward shots.
In addition to the three signature golf courses, guests at Reunion Resort enjoy an array of amenities, including six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a five-acre waterpark, 10 community pools, full-service boutique spa and seven casual and fine-dining venues. The property features 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury multi-room villas to three- to 13-bedroom vacation homes and was named a 2019 AAA Inspector’s “Best of” Housekeeping hotel.
“We’re thrilled to be honored with such an esteemed award and to be recognized for the care and attention that goes into creating such an impressive wine list,” said Robert Mason, CBFE, Director of Food & Beverage. “While overseeing wine operations at Reunion Resort, it has been my goal to educate our guests on the best wines for every budget and taste.”
Reunion’s signature restaurant Eleven sits atop the Reunion Grande, offering spectacular views of the 2,300 acre resort and nearby attractions. Eleven’s menu features farm-to-table elements with premium steak cuts and signature entrees. The award-winning wine list showcases 15 categories with 38 different varietals and is comprised of wines from 10 countries, including the United States, New Zealand, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Australia, Italy, Argentina and Chile. Among the 94 wines on Eleven’s wine list, 17 were recently featured on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List.
Wine Spectator pays tribute to exceptional wine lists, with honorees representing all 50 states and more than 75 countries. Restaurants that meet the requirements are judged based on wine strengths, wine selections, wine pricing, corkage fees, cuisine type and menu pricing. For more information on Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards and to see a complete list of winners, visit www.restaurants.winespectator.com.
New Clubhouse at Reunion Resort’s Nicklaus Course Opens
Clubhouse at Signature Design features upscale sports bar called “Traditions,” artwork and memorabilia related to Jack Nicklaus’ decorated career
12/04/2018 - ORLANDO, FL – Reunion has opened a stunning new clubhouse at its Signature Design Nicklaus Course.
Located on over three acres, the new 12,000 square-foot clubhouse features panoramic views of the course and includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, a golf lifestyle retail space, an event lawn for group functions and special events, and an upscale sports bar called “Traditions,” complete with an open kitchen and outdoor terrace with views of the 18th green.
A tribute to Jack Nicklaus’ masterful layout, the new clubhouse includes furnishings, artwork and memorabilia related to Nicklaus’ decorated career.
“We are confident that every member and guest will enjoy this distinctive golf experience,” says Reunion Resort’s General Manager Kevin Baker. “It is always our desire to provide the best in service, facilities and playing conditions. This clubhouse provides an intimate and refreshing location to gather with family and friends, or share the triumphs of a day of championship golf at Reunion.”
The new clubhouse is part of a multi-pronged improvement plan at the Nicklaus Course. Before construction of the clubhouse began, the 17th and 18th holes were re-routed to elevate the finishing experience. Significant bunker improvement work has just been completed, while several spectacular homes have now been built in the surrounding Bear’s Den community – creating a true enclave for golfers.
The clubhouse was inspired by the rich heritage of Mediterranean Revival architecture in Florida and in particular the work of Addison Mizner. It features large French doors opening to terraces with dark wood roof overhangs. The roof is shaped with barrel tiles and walls of rough stucco that provide depth and texture, along with ornamental ironwork and cast stone window frames.
The interior design is characterized by rich woods and contrasting light walls, textural fabrics, and natural earthy colors such as olive, terracotta and soft blues. The restaurant floor mimics terracotta tiles found in Mediterranean manors, while the rich millwork with iron metal detailing and beamed ceilings ensures each guest feels a luxurious sense of place.
The clubhouse’s dining experience is an upscale sports bar called Traditions. Serving American regional cuisine, the menu is seasonal and local with farm-to-table elements. The bar includes a signature drink menu, including craft cocktails and signature barrel aged bourbons. The open-air kitchen and service style is designed to be friendly and welcoming, appealing to both members and the local community. On weekends, Traditions offers live musical entertainment making it a perfect gathering place for celebrations large or small. All of the doors to the dining terrace, which overlooks the 18th green, open to allow the entire restaurant to enjoy an afternoon breeze during nice weather months.
Opened in 2006, The Nicklaus Course was designed to flow smoothly and gently from tee to green. A target, parkland-style course, it was designed to be a player’s course rather than what is referred to as “resort golf.” While the 7,244-yard layout is not exceptionally long by today’s standards, postage-stamp greens, forced carries that lead to fairway targets sometimes only 50 yards wide and a fair amount of trouble for wayward shots give the course plenty of bite.
The Nicklaus Course remained open throughout the Clubhouse construction process. Additionally, Reunion’s two other Signature layouts, the Watson and Palmer Courses, also continued to accommodate guest and member play.
Reunion Resort features 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury suites and condos, to multi-room villas and private 3-to-13-bedroom vacation homes. Recognized as a top golf destination, Reunion is the only location in the world featuring three signature championship golf courses designed by golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. The amenity-rich resort also features eight casual and fine dining options including an award-winning rooftop steakhouse, elegant indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a full-service boutique spa, 10 community pools and a 5-acre waterpark including slides, a water playground and a 1,000-ft. lazy river. With various real estate and membership opportunities available, guests can stay for a weekend or become members for life.