Known as the most Magical Place on Earth, Walt Disney World is one of the top destinations for family vacations. Four World class parks, amazing dining, fantastic shopping and Disney’s one of a kind customer service. What you probably didn’t realize was that Disney World has some amazing activities like fishing, boating or how about horseback riding? And my personal favorite: Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort. This gives you the opportunity to play where the pros played! How exciting is that?
Did You Know: Golf at Walt Disney World Resort
The Walt Disney World Resort is a magical place to spend time with your family, but also a great place to Tee it up at “The Happiest Place on Turf”. So take some time away from the parks and enjoy that beautiful Florida sun. Keep your golf game in shape on one (or all three) of the Walt Disney World Resorts Championship Golf Courses. Golf at Walt Disney World Resort is definitely something you want to add on to your next vacation!
PGA Tour Event
The Walt Disney World Resort boasts three spectacular championship golf courses. Two, Magnolia and Palm, of which were part of the annual PGA tour’s schedule from 1971 with the help of Arnold Palmer’s organizational skills. The events sponsorship was not renewed following the 2012 event. Past Champions include Crenshaw, Duval, Nelson, Nicklaus, Stewart and Woods.
Lake Buena Vista
Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf course, located at Disney’s Saratoga Springs, gives you beautiful views of some of Disney’s resorts. This course takes you through parts of Disney’s Saratoga Springs, Disney’s Old Key West, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter Resorts. Also giving you an up close view of the amazing Tree House Villas at Saratoga Springs. This course has hosted PGA, LPGA and USGA events so don’t let the length of this course fool you. Yes, this course is the shortest of the three championship courses (5,177, 6,288 & 6,745 respectively). However, it is a true test of golf. What I would consider a traditional Parkland course, Lake Buena Vista will test your every skill, especially the Island Green 7th hole.
The Magnolia golf course, located at Shade of Green Resort, is the hardest of the courses located on property. This course ranges from 5,127 yards from the red tees, 6,558 yards from the regulation tees and stretches to PGA Tour length 7,516 yard at the tips. With wide fairways, accuracy from the tee is not key on this course. However, navigating around the water hazards, as well as avoiding the 90+ bunkers throughout the tract proves challenging. This course demands length from the tee and accuracy from your irons on the approach shots. Trust me, after hitting 8 greenside bunkers, I became very familiar with the excellent bunker conditions, but paid with additional strokes.
Also located at the Shades of Green Resort, you can find Disney’s Palm Golf Course. Redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Company in 2013, this may be the most golfer friendly championship course on property. The Palm course has wide fairways undulating greens and nine holes with water hazards. This course stretches from 5,213 from the reds, 6,339 regulation and a challenging 6,870 yards from the blue tees. As one might expect, this course is surrounded by the Florida Palms and excellent playing conditions. The average player can score well with good course management especially off the tees and the well laid out par fives.
Nine Hole Course
For those that are looking for a quick recreational round or perhaps just starting to play golf, one needs to look no further than Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. Located at the Shades of Green Resort. Disney’s Oak trail course is a nine hole par 36 golf course maxing out at 2,913 yards from the white tees. This course offers some great views, fun holes and wildlife we don’t typically see back home. It is a fair and challenging course and will require every club in your bag. One thing to note is this course is a walking course only. Golf carts are not permitted. You may rent a pull cart or one of those “new-fangled” (yup, borrowed that from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress) “Tempo walk Robo Caddies”.
Golf and Dining
And yes, there is an amazing snack bar! I mean, we golfers get pretty hungry! Check out Chip and Dale’s Deli.
All three Disney Championship Golf Courses offer a variety of challenges for every golfer’s skill set. They are fair, yet challenging, but always fun and in great shape. It’s a great distraction from your typical Disney vacation. Tee Times are highly recommended and can be made 60 days in advance for the public or 90 days for Walt Disney World Resort guests. If you are playing as a single, you will have to call the pro shop three days in advance of your desired date of play. If you’ve booked with our sister company, Walt Express Travel, one of their exceptional travel agents can assist with making your tee times for you and of course at no additional cost!
- Rates are seasonal and can be checked HERE. Discounts are available for Annual Pass Holders, Military, Resort Guest and DVC Members. other discounts may be available. Rental clubs are available and can be reserved at time of booking. the current rate at time of publishing is $45 for 18 holes and $25 for nine holes.
Golf at Walt Disney World Fun Fact:
Did you know Arnold Palmer was the first “passenger” on the Walt Disney World Monorail?
Before heading to the magic, be sure to know about these 14 rookie mistakes! Do you enjoy golfing at Disney World? Have you experience it yet? If so, we would love to hear about it! Tell us all about it in our Facebook Group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE.
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