Named for the more than 1,500 Magnolia trees on the course, this is the longest of the Disney courses and through 2012, was home each year to the PGA Tour’s fall event at Disney World. There is a full service pro shop and locker room at the clubhouse in which the Champions Room is located. There are also full service restaurants conveniently located for dining. Don’t forget to look for the Mickey Mouse shaped bunker on the par 3 6th hole.
Known for its natural surroundings and beauty, the Palm underwent a major renovation in 2013 by Arnold Palmer Course Design. There is a full service pro shop and locker room at the clubhouse in which the Champions Room is located. There are also full service restaurants conveniently located for dining.
A more traditional country club style course design, the Lake Buena Vista course takes you near the Saratoga Springs Resort, Downtown Disney and the Old Key West Resort. There is a full service pro shop and locker room at the clubhouse at Saratoga and dining is available at the Artist’s Palette or the Turf Club restaurants. Enjoy the challenge of hitting to the island green on the par 3 7th hole.
Located at the Palm/Magnolia course facility, Oak Trail is a 9 hole walking course that provides a comfortable mix of par 3, 4 and 5 holes, with just enough challenge for younger or developing players. Oak Trail is a great course for a fun family experience, without the pressures of the 18 hole, full length courses. Walking is mandatory at Oak Trail and pull carts are available for rental.
Walt Disney World has three 18 hole golf courses and one 9 hole golf course on the property. Combined with Disney’s world renowned level of service, you will have a great experience playing these courses, whether staying at a Walt Disney World resort on vacation, on a business trip or a resident of the Orlando area.
Two original Joe Lee courses (the Magnolia and Lake Buena Vista) harken to the early days of Walt Disney World and more traditional Florida golf course design.
During the summer and fall of 2013, the Palm course, originally designed by Joe Lee, underwent significant updates by Arnold Palmer Course Design and now reflects a more modern approach.
Through 2012, the Palm and Magnolia courses hosted an annual PGA Tour professional event in the fall of each year, which had been a part of Disney World golf tradition since 1971.
The nine hole Oak Trail walking course, designed by Ron Garl, provides a unique opportunity for younger or less experienced players to enjoy a round of golf, with a mix of par 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. It’s great for a family golfing experience with young kids!
Golf, Golf Digest, Conde Nast Traveler and other magazines have consistently rated the Walt Disney World Resort as one of the top golf resorts in the United States, with additional awards recognizing Disney’s “Family Friendly” environment for family golfing experiences.
Disney’s golf courses have also been certified as part of the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Program.
On course food and beverage cart service is available and GPS yardage system equipped carts are available on the 18 hole courses. Rental clubs and shoes are available at each of the courses, if you are traveling light and/or make a last minute decision to play. Each facility has locker rooms and showers for your use before and after the round. Practice ranges and greens are available for pre-round warmups and lessons are also available from Disney’s PGA of America Professionals.
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can book your tee times up to 90 days in advance and can utilize free taxi service to and from the courses. Others can book up to 60 days in advance.
If you are planning to play golf at Walt Disney World, please review the information that has been compiled here and if you have questions, please contact me.
For official information, please visit the Walt Disney World Golf Pages at DisneyWorld.com. You can call Disney’s golf line directly at 1-(407)-939-4653 (WDW-GOLF), submit online reservations or send an e-mail (via Palmer Golf) for tee times.