Golfing at Walt Disney World
You and the guys are planning a golf get-away, what are the choices…Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, or Disney World? Disney World you say, yes Disney World! Walt Disney World has 4 challenging courses and a 9-hole executive course. The courses are the Magnolia, Palm, Lake Buena Vista, Osprey Ridge, and Oak Trail. The first three are host to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. This year will be the 40th anniversary of this golf tournament also. It is a great tournament and you can catch the golfers and their families enjoying the park after rounds.
My favorite course is the Palm course. I love the elevated greens and the number of water holes. My favorite hole on the course is the par 3 16th hole. I usually land in the back right bunker so as to take the water out of play. The yardage is 6991 from the blues and a demanding 6479 from the white, where I usually play. This is one of the courses you can see from the monorail going from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian.
My second course of choice is the Magnolia course. It is the longest on property, which means a challenge for me right off the bat. The signature hole is the par 3 6th hole – the Mickey Mouse bunker hole! But my favorite hole is the par 4 17th hole. It is a dogleg left around trees over water. You can try to go over the trees for that risk-reward shot, which I can tell you for me is only 35% successful. But it is an amazing hole to play.
My third choice is the Osprey Ridge course, which plays 7039 from the Talon (blue) and 6629 from the Crest (white). It is a links course designed by Tom Fazio, so that means it is a little more open than the other WDW courses. My favorite hole on this course is the par 5 16th where you are “dared” to go for the green in 2 which I have done only once. I’ve placed a few in the water, but now smartly play for the par and possible birdie.
The Lake Buena Vista Course is also a challenging course, tight and unforgiving. At times, this isn’t suitable for my game. My favorite hole is the par 4 3rd. It is the most teasing tee shot on the course, in my opinion. This course will remind you the most of your local club course.
So as you can see, Disney offers a variety of courses and is one of the perfect choices for a guy’s golf get-a-way. You can play 36 holes during the day, then head to EPCOT and enjoy guy beverages like Stella or Bass from the Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom Pavilion or a nice Tsing Tao from the China Pavilion. And I almost forgot, this is a great way to get your children involved in golf! Take them over to the 9 hole Oak Trail course. It is a walking course, but it is a nice course for the entire family and off the beaten path of typical WDW vacations. You never know where you will discover that your child is the next Jack Nicholas or Nancy Lopez.
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