Since Walt Disney World opened in 1971 golf has been a mainstay of the resort. Even when it was just an east coast Disneyland with two hotels Disney World golf was a valued asset to the world-class destination. With four gorgeous courses Disney World golf remains a large focal point for many returning guests who have either a primary drive to spend their vacation time on the greens, or just want to add some leisure to a busy theme park studded schedule. The courses are available to day guests as well as club members who make a regular practice of visiting. To book a tee time call (407)WDW-GOLF, or you can book online at wdwgolf.com.
Disney World Golf: Everything You Need To Know
You don’t have to be a pro to appreciate all of the golf options available at Walt Disney World. Here’s how to make it a part of your family vacation. They’re also a great alternative for folks who aren’t interested in long park days and would rather play.
Disney World Golf Courses
There are three championship Walt Disney World golf courses for players of all skill levels with 18 holes and a par of 72. Instructional courses are also available for a half or full day with a PGA professional. Golf rates vary by date and depend on guest status as a day visitor, resort guest, Vacation Club Member, military, or youth.
Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course
This Beautiful Disney World golf course next to the Shades of Green military resort is surrounded by lush magnolia trees. It boasts97 bunkers among the spacious greens and water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes. Golf carts, which are included in the greens fee as walking the course is prohibited, are all equipped with GPS and accurate depictions of hazards, yardage and hole diagrams.
Disney’s Palm Golf Course
Just South of the Seven Seas Lagoon and below the Magnolia Golf Course is the Palm. As a neighbor of the Polynesian Village Resort, this course features palm trees and tropical sands. The modernized course was redesigned extensively by Arnold Palmer in 2013. It features newly shaped trees and bunker designs in addition to all-new green complexes.
Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
On the south end of Walt Disney World, there is another championship golf course on Lake Buena Vista. This world-class Disney World golf course has hosted numerous PGA, LPGA and USGA events. Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is also a cooperative wildlife sanctuary certified by Audubon International. The seventh hole is particularly challenging at this course which was conceived by Joe Lee. The 4-star 18-hole course features elevated bunkered greens.
Play Nine Holes of Disney World Golf
Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
Although the three championship Walt Disney World golf courses are suitable for any skill level, less experienced golfers can feel comfortable at the resort only nine-hole golf course. This is also the only golf course where walking is allowed. Golf carts are prohibited here. The family-friendly course is just north of the Magnolia Golf Course. Oak Trail is perfectly suited to casual golfers and beginners who are just learning the game.
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Sunrise and Sunset 9
Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is not the only place where you can play nine holes. There are sunrise and sunset promotions at the 18 hole courses as well. You can play 9 holes during select times on each Disney World golf course. during promotional sunrise hours, you’ll receive a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee or orange juice. At the sunset promotion, you get a hotdog and a domestic beer, or soft drink.
Footgolf at Walt Disney World Golf
The Oak Trail Golf Course is home to the new AFGL certified Footgolf course. The hybrid sport is just like it sounds. It incorporates modified 21-inch holes that fit a soccer ball. You can kick your way around the nine-hole course in a game that combines precision with athleticism. The new sport is a perfect pastime for kids, tweens, and teens.
Junior Golf Programs
Disney World golf really is for kids, too. Junior Golf clinics and camps offer education and development to kids age 7 to 17. The programs include performance-based practice and development of the short game and full swing skills as well as on-course management and performance training. You can fill out a request here, or sign up by calling (407)WDW-GOLF.
Disney World Miniature Golf Courses
Golf has always been a big part of the Walt Disney World resort, but the family destination waited 25 years to open its very first miniature golf course. Now there are two themed Disney World miniature golf courses for children, teens, and adults to enjoy together.
This Disney World miniature golf spot has two courses themed to Christmas. One features a traditional winter backdrop and the other has Christmas at the beach. According to the story, Santa picked this spot as a vacation home for off-duty elves when he discovered snow in Florida. The elves then built two 18 hole courses. one for the elves who preferred the north pole’s climate and one for those who liked the Florida sun. After the final hole golfers get a “winternet” message from Santa. Winter Summerland is near Blizzard Beach, a waterpark with a similar theme.
This was the first Disney World Miniature golf course and it was modeled after a traditional course. Although the course is whimsical and fun, the holes feature challenges that promote skill over chance. The 18-hole Fantasia themed course includes five scenes from the film and interactive music and waterworks. Fantasia Gardens is in the Epcot resort area near the Swan and Dolphin.
What do you love most about golfing at Walt Disney World? Which course do you most want to try? Is it the 9-hole walking course at Oak Trail, or nature friendly environment of Lake Buena Vista near Disney Springs? Do you want to try Footgolf, or do you prefer a traditional game?
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