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FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES AWAIT AS WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Walt Disney World Resort, a company founded by Walt Disney in Orlando in April 1971 that offers theme parks, hotel accommodations, cruises, timeshare, tours, travel packages and licensing, celebrates its 50 first years with “The most magical celebration in the world”. – where visitors can celebrate its past, present and future!

While developing the original Walt Disney World Resort concept, Walt Disney sketched out a blueprint for his vision of EPCOT – an experimental prototype community of tomorrow. On the first drawing – to the right of the central core of the property with a space dedicated to the magic kingdom parkresort hotels, convention centers and man-made lakes – Disney has identified a large area designated for “golf.”

Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, and now, half a century later, four unique courses, operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management (APGM), offer a golfer’s paradise. Layouts are challenging enough for the PGA TOUR, LPGA and PGA of America better players, but friendly enough to accommodate all skill levels at what’s called “The happiest place in TURF!”

“We believe we have a social obligation to grow the game, particularly from the standpoint of showcasing junior golf and diversity in the sport,” the general manager said. Bruce Gerlander. “Our commitment to customers has never wavered. We’re creating an all-encompassing Disney experience while providing the ability to golf where champions have played.

The four Walt Disney World Resort golf courses operated by APGM are:

Disney’s Palm Golf Course

Scenic natural beauty with sparkling lakes, towering palms and tropical sands make Disney’s Palm Golf Course a pleasure to play and a challenge to complete. Tee options vary between 5,213 yards (red tees) and 6,870 yards (blue tees) – which includes 59 bunkers and nine holes with water in play, and undulating greens considered difficult to master. The par4 18th hole, with an elevated and well protected green, was one of the most challenging on the PGA TOUR.

Disney Magnolia Golf Course

Designed as a classic Tour-style course by Joe Lee, Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course is the longest of the Walt Disney World Resort courses, playing 7,516 yards from the tips. The course features magnolias along the fairways, elevated tees, large greens, 97 bunkers and 11 holes with water hazards. All of the bunkers were renovated in 2015 when extensive tree work and improvements to the cart paths improved the condition of the course. Hole #6 is home to a Mickey Mouse-inspired bunker shaped like iconic Mickey ears.

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Designed in 1972 by Joe Lee, this course near Disney Springs winds through several resort properties, including Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course’s fairways are spacious, but its elevated, well-guarded greens emphasize precise approach shots. The course, which plays between 5,177 and 6,745 yards, features the par-3 seventh hole with an island green and a Mickey Mouse-inspired bunker that was added behind the ninth green in 2018.

Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

A nine-hole walking course, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is well suited to families and casual golfers, especially those with time constraints. The course, originally just six holes and known as “The Wee Course”, was extended in the 1990s by Ron Garl who designed the fifth, sixth and seventh holes to feature water hazards around a canal and a pond. The par 36 course is conditioned to the level of Disney’s three championship courses with beautifully manicured fairways and smooth, fast greens.

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