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Trails of the Conquistadors

Mission Inn Resort & Club offers two intertwining historical and educational eco-adventures trails celebrating Central Florida's early Spanish conquistador explorations. Nestled in the heart of the resort's El Campeon golf course (designed in 1917), the Trails of the Conquistadors takes guests through a third of a mile of undeveloped land reminiscent of native "old Florida."

TrailsSign2Nearly 400 years ago, expeditions led by Panfilo de Narvaez and Hernando De Soto passed through Central Florida and Mission Inn. The trails capture what these explorers would have seen and showcase the history of Florida's native and invasive plant life, regional birds and wildlife. A native butterfly garden marks the entrance to the trails. Plants and animals on the trails change seasonally.

"I knew this beautiful, pristine and wooded property at Mission Inn was unique; no one had ever walked it," said Paul Hickman, Superintendent, Mission Inn Resort & Club. "Designing and developing the trails has been a passion for me and a testament of the Nick Beucher Family's commitment to conservation and education."

"We are proud to announce the opening of The Trails of the Conquistadors and to provide guests with a glimpse of what Florida looked like four centuries ago. This eco-adventure is in honor of our 45th anniversary and our commitment to the environment," said Bob Beucher, President, Mission Inn Resort & Club. "We feel this is a unique setting for meetings, weddings, special events, team building experiences or just relaxation and learning."

Visitors interested in walking the trails can visit the Mission Inn Resort & Club's front desk to obtain an explorer's guide. Inquiries for guided group tours, meetings, weddings and other events can be arranged by calling 800-523-2289 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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At Mission Inn, tennis is more than just a pastime, it's a passion.

Our six Har-Tru (clay) and two Laykold (all-weather) courts give players a choice of surfaces for lessons, matches, clinics and more. And when the sun goes down, the game goes on with night lighting. Teaching professionals and full service tennis shop provide apparel, racquet rental, lessons, clinics, match-making and more to get your game in full swing. Mission Inn Resort and Club has been listed in the "Top 25 Resorts and Tennis Programs" by World Tennis Magazine.

Director of Tennis & Fitness - Cesar Villarroel

Villarroel is a true international Ambassador for the sport of tennis and in the fitness field. He holds his United States Professional Tennis Association Elite Certification, has a Certified Pro 1 Rating from the Professional Tennis Registry, is a Certified Trainer for the National Endurance Sports Training Association (NESTA) and serves on the Adidas and Wilson Tennis Advisory Staff. Additionally, Cesar has filmed one minute clinics for the Tennis Channel, is a contributing writer for FL Tennis Magazine, and serves as an expert on the Coaches Board for Tennis View Magazine. He is a certified Instructor in the fun, group activity of Cardio Tennis featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. A former Davis cup player for Bolivia, Cesar Villarroel coached the 2009 Bolivian Junior Davis Cup Team along with Rodrigo Villarroel. With more than 20 years of experience, Cesar has coached ITF, WTA and ATP players. He is fluent in Spanish and English. Villarroel also supervises the operation of Mission Inn Resort's Clubhouse Fitness Center. Contact Cesar at (352) 455-6815.

Our USPTA certified pros are eager to share their knowledge and help you reach your tennis potential. Gene Jacobsen is our Assistant Tennis Pro and he has implemented the USTA's QuickStart Tennis Program. QuickStart Tennis is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. It is divided into two different levels-- ages 8 and under and ages 10 and under.

Dedicated to enhancing the game of its visitors, Mission Inn's instructional clinics are offered daily. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, there is a clinic specifically formatted to any level. The clinics focus on several aspects of tennis including net play (volleys and overheads), groundstrokes and serves. Our programs feature intense instruction, luxurious accommodations, and personal attention and professionalism from our tennis and resort staff 365 days a year.

Tennis Pro Shop Hours
Weekdays: 8:00am - 8:00pm

Weekends: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Mission Inn Resort Tennis Contact & Phone Numbers
Director of Tennis & Fitness This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: (352) 455-6815

Court Time
While staying at Mission Inn, all court time on the Laykold all-weather courts is complimentary. Please call (numbers above) for Har-Tru clay courts pricing and availability.

Dress Code
The following guidelines are to be followed for all adult and junior tennis players:

Proper tennis attire of any color is suggested (shirts are required at all times)
Proper tennis shoes are required. Dark-soled, running or hiking shoes are not allowed and may cause injury
Bathing attire, jeans, sports bras for women, sleeveless shirts for men, sandals and other non-tennis dress is not appropriate

Instructional Clinics
A long staple of European instruction, QuickStart Tennis has caught on in the United States. Justine Henin cites QuickStart Tennis as a key to her development as a young player. These clinics are offered Saturdays from 1 - 2pm. After School Tennis Clinics are a great way to learn the fundamentals and have fun with friends. Our Tennis on Target clinic focus on players ages 18 and over - we'll improve your shot accuracy and reduce unforced errors. We also host Doubles Clinics every Monday and Friday evening. Clinic reservations must be received in advance. Please contact the Pro Shop to reserve 24 hours in advance.

Racquet Repair & Restringing
The Mission Inn Resort & Club is the ONLY Lake County outlet providing full-service racquet service. We offer a complete variety of racquet services to tennis players at every level. From touring pros to weekend warriors and juniors, we can fine tune your racquet, assuring you of optimum performance on the court.

Private Lessons
Private, Semi-private and Group lessons are available. We take pride in scheduling the best instructor to fit your individual needs, so please plan on letting us know your ability level and what area of your game you would like help focusing on. Private lessons range from $100 with our Director of Tennis to $70.00 with one of our Pros. Group lessons range from $30.00 per person, per session with our Director of Tennis to $20.00 per person, per session with one of our Pros. Reduced rates are available for larger Groups.

Match Arranging
Looking for some competition? We enjoy finding the perfect match for you. Doubles, Singles, Hitting...we have a wide variety of guests, members and staff that would love to beat you! This service is complimentary. Please contact Cesar or Gene to reserve 24 hours in advance.

Schedule of Events
The Tennis staff puts on a variety of social tennis events throughout the year. Call to inquire about our current tennis events.

Lake County Skeet & Trap Shooting

Trap and skeet are the traditional clay sports that are most popular in the United States. In Trap, a single machine throws targets away from you while you advance through five positions behind the trap. In the game of Skeet, two machines throw targets while you advance around the stations set in a semi-circle pattern on the range. Our new five-acre range is ready for some fun! Call 800-523-2289 for more details or to make an appointment.

smokefromshotgun1BOur range facts:

  • Steel Shot facility
  • Targets, shells and guns provided by Mission Inn
  • Ear and eye protection provided
  • Safety and instructional clinics are available
  • Guest speakers and demonstrations available
  • Subject to weather conditions
  • $39.50 per round, plus applicable tax
  • Groups of 10 or more require a minimum of 25 rounds (25 shots per round).

Mission Inn Activities and Recreation

The outdoor and recreation experiences offered by Mission Inn Resort & Club are both diverse and unique. In addition to championship golf, the resort offers guests an opportunity to experience trap & skeet shooting, tennis, fresh water fishing, nature trails and more. You'll run out of vacation days before running out of things to do at Mission Inn Resort & Club.

Championship Golf
Mission Inn offers 36-holes of challenging golf including the historic El Campéon Course and its 85 feet of elevation changes - testing you like no other course in Florida. You will also enjoy wide-open fairways and gentle rolling hills of the Las Colinas Course

Spa Marbella
Welcome to a place of well-being and wellness – relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and renew your spirit at our luxurious spa. At Spa Marbella you can enjoy blissful spa treatments, from massages to facials and body wraps. Our therapies will envelope you in the lavishness of pure essential oils.

Tennis
Our tennis facilities and programs are among the best of the best. The Central Florida area offers an ideal climate for comfortable outdoor tennis play throughout the year and all of our courts are lighted for evening practice and play. The resort offers six Har-Tru clay courts and two Laykold all-weather courts on our magnificent grounds. Just like the resort, all of our facilities are open to the public. Mission Inn Resort and Club has been listed in the "Top 25 Resorts and Tennis Programs" by World Tennis Magazine. 

El Cazador Trap & Skeet Range
Mission Inn's El Cazador Trap and Skeet Range offers guests a unique opportunity to participate in clay sports. In trap, a single machine throws targets as the competitor moves through five different stations. In skeet, two machines throw targets while participants advance around stations arranged in a semi-circle pattern on the range. Targets, shells, guns, eye and ear protection, safety and instructional clinics are offered for a unique resort experience. Clay sport activities are perfect for a group outings and corporate retreats. Call 800-523-2289 for more details or to make an appointment.

Marina Del Rey
Mission Inn's Marina Del Rey is sure to please any outdoors and boating enthusiast. The nautical center on bass-filled Lake Harris, the largest in an eight-lake chain, provides fishing, sailing, power boating, picnics and teambuilding course like none other. Guests can also reserve the lakeside pavilion, featuring sand volleyball and a nature walk for private events.

Fitness Center
Mission Inn Resort & Club features a state of the art clubhouse workout facility. In addition, guests can reserve time with a personal trainer. Complete with strength, cardio and free weight equipment, Mission Inn's facilities allow our guests to tend to their exercise routines just like at home or at the gym. Dial 7275 for details or 7145 for personal trainer appointments.

Trails of the Conquistadors

Mission Inn Resort & Club offers two intertwining historical and educational eco-adventures trails celebrating Central Florida's early Spanish conquistador explorations. Nestled in the heart of the resort's El Campeon golf course (designed in 1917), the Trails of the Conquistadors takes guests through a third of a mile of undeveloped land reminiscent of native "old Florida."

Cycling
The rolling hills of Central Florida offer adventurous and scenic cycling trails. From Mission Inn, guests will find multiple options including:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain – 8 miles from resort
  • Mount Dora (downtown) – 13 miles from resort
  • Clermont (downtown) - 15 miles from resort

Mission Inn has created suggested routes that start and end at the resort. Included in our cycling package is a list of local references and cycling shops. Download the routes here.

Other Resort Activities
Mission Inn also offers guests the opportunity to experience:

  • Billiards and Game Room – The resort's Billiards and Game Room has two pool tables, televisions & card tables. This room is also available for private parties.
  • Swimming – Mission Inn offers a heated pool and hydro-spa.
  • Volleyball – A lawn court is located by the resort's pool and two sand courts are available at the resort's recreation park.
  • Playgrounds – The resort offers two playgrounds for kids.

Other Area Activities
Located in Central Florida, Mission Inn Resort & Club is sequestered from, yet convenient to, the world's most famous theme parks and attractions in Orlando. In addition, the resort is surrounded by an assortment of activities and nature experiences that complete any vacation.

  • Lakeridge Winery – Clermont's award winning winery offers tours and insight into the cultivation and harvesting of the grapes, along with samples.
  • Mount Dora – Antiquing in this lakeside community is plentiful.
  • Yalaha Bakery – Authentic German and Bavarian master bakers serve delicious treats in an authentic old-world German setting.
  • Canoeing – Both the Juniper and Wekiva Springs offer excellent excursions.
  • President's Hall of Fame – Located in Clermont, this White House replica features life size wax figures of each U.S. President and additional memorabilia.

Nearby Cities & Attractions
Approximate drive time to/from major Florida cities and attractions:

  • Orlando – 35 minutes
  • Sea World Adventure Park and Discovery Cove – 45 minutes
  • Walt Disney World – 45 minutes
  • Universal Studios Florida – 45 minutes
  • Daytona Beach – 75 minutes
  • Tampa – 90 minutes