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WALT DISNEY WORLD

Welcome to the World’s #1 family vacation destination...Walt Disney World!!!!!
Nowhere on earth (or in our solar system), will you find a better location to play world-class golf and treat your family to the vacation of a lifetime than here in Orlando, Florida.

For golfing enthusiasts with families, this is truly a “Magical” place. If you’re up to the task, you can fulfill all of your children’s fantasies, and a few of your own to boot! Here’s how...

First, I suggest you stay on the Walt Disney World property at one of their hotels. This affords you free transportation to all of their golf courses and attractions. Second, be ready to get up early and stay out late. Now that you know what it takes, here’s what to do.

Long before you arrive, make reservations for early tee times each day at all six of the Disney’s championship courses.

Early morning tee times will give you an opportunity to play a different course each day and catch up to your family around lunch time. Be aware, they may be having so much fun by then that they may not even miss you!!
Disney’s Magnolia and Lake Buena Vista courses play host to the PGA Tour’s National Car Rental Classic tournament each October. The LPGA Tour also plays tournaments here on the Osprey and Eagle Pines courses. Disney’s Palm, and executive Oak Trail courses round out 99 holes of championship caliber golf. It really doesn’t matter which course you play first or last, they’re all great!

At almost 7,200 yards, Disney’s Magnolia course is the longest Disney course and one of the two original Joe Lee designs built in 1970. It offers a tropical flair for northerners and features wide landing areas, over 100 strategically placed bunkers and beautiful palm trees scattered throughout. The 6th hole on Magnolia provides a most unusual Mickey Mouse shaped bunker guarding the front of this green that not only provides a distinctive charm, but a diabolical hazard as well. The 454-yard, par-4 eighteenth is not the tee you want to be standing on having to make par to win. Those wide-open fairways seem to vanish here when faced with having to crunch a 275 yard tee shot, only to be followed up by a long three iron to a slightly elevated green into the wind. Not the best birdie opportunity, but a great finishing hole!

Disney’s Palm course borders the Magnolia and is equally as challenging in design, but not quite as long. Water comes into play here on nine of the eighteen holes along with 90 bunkers, narrow wooded fairways and elevated greens. Both courses are within a wedge from the Magic Kingdom Monorail and two of the premiere Disney Resort hotels: The Grand Floridian and my favorite, The Polynesian.

By the way, The Grand Floridian Hotel also offers the “best” romantic dinner I’ve ever experienced at their fabulous restaurant Victoria & Albert’s. This is high-end dining, not to be missed! Think of it as the “Superbowl” of romantic dining experiences. I suggest this at the beginning of your vacation. You’ll get a night to remember and brownie points that will last for the rest of the week and years to come!

As long as we’re in the neighborhood, I have to mention the second best dinner in the Magic Kingdom, The Polynesian Luau at the Polynesian Resort. Set on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, the Luau takes place only a long iron from the seventeenth tee on the Magnolia course, yet offers one of the best family dining experiences you’ll ever find. Take the kids and your camera.

The narrow fairways of Disney’s Lake Buena Vista course wind through the Disney Institute and the Old Key West Resort. Greens here are small, elevated and well bunkered, so if you land on the green you’ll have a good opportunity to make birdie. Just make sure you land on the green! The first three rounds of the PGA Tour’s National Car Rental Classic are played here each October, with the fourth round concluding Sunday on the Magnolia course. If you have a big family, I suggest renting one of the Disney Institute Treehouse condominiums located on the Lake Buena Vista golf course. How’s that for convenience! You’ll also be near Disney’s fantastic Marketplace shopping, restaurant and entertainment area. Wolfgang Puck’s got a restaurant here along with a huge Planet Hollywood and one of two Raintree Café restaurants located at Walt Disney World. The “Circ de Soleil” and the nighttime adult entertainment complex, Pleasure Island (where they celebrate New Years Eve every night) are also found here. Live stage shows, country and rock bands, comedy, disco, jazz - it’s all here and so much more. Don’t miss it mom and dad!

Two of golf’s most famous architects are also represented at Walt Disney World. In 1992 Tom Fazio finished his 7100-yard Osprey Ridge masterpiece cut out of the dense woods near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Osprey Ridge features the most elevation changes of all the Disney courses, with mounding between holes helping to keep stray balls in play. Three great finishing holes here can make or break anyone’s round. Sixteen is a 590-yard par-5 with water, followed by a 240-yard par-3 also with water and finally the 460-yard par-4 eighteenth with (yes) water. Floating balls are available in the pro shop!

1992 was also the year Pete Dye debuted his 6800 yard Disney design, Eagle Pines. Hit it straight here! At Eagle Pines narrow heavily wooded fairways await all but straight tee shots and if that’s not bad enough, water comes into play on sixteen of eighteen holes, and of course there’s Dye’s famous railroad ties here! Both courses are located near one of my favorite places to stay in Disney World, the Dixie Landings Resort. If you stay here, you’ll find one of the best kids pool and play areas in the entire Magic Kingdom.

Short on time? I suggest playing Disney’s nine hole executive Oak Trail course next to the Magnolia and Palm courses. It’s easy to walk, takes only two hours to play and is always in first class shape. What else would you expect at Disney World!

January through April are the prime months for golf at Walt Disney World, with summer months the off-season. Disney Resort & Recreation packages are available, including Golf Getaways. So, be sure to check them out.

Seeing all that Walt Disney World has to offer, The Magic Kingdom, MGM Studios, Epcot, Discovery Island, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, River Country, Pleasure Island, Disney’s Marketplace and the new Animal Kingdom theme park, is darn near impossible, but so much fun to try!

Walt Disney World
P.O.Box 10100
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407 W-DISNEY
www.disneyworld.com

Eagle Pines Golf Club
3451 Golf View Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-4653

Lake Buena Vista G.C.
One Club Lake Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-4653

Magnolia Golf Course
1950 W. Magnolia Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-4653

Oak Trail Golf Course
1950 W. Magnolia Palm Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-4653

Osprey Ridge Golf Course
3451 Golf View Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-4653

Palm Golf Course
1950 W. Magnolia Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-939-4653

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