What Does an Amateur Do on a PGA Championship Walt Disney World Golf Course?

Have a good time, that’s what.

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Disney golf cartsDid you know Disney Golf will give you a taxi voucher to go to and from your Walt Disney World owned-and-operated Resort? Me neither.  I also didn’t know that the tee off closest the pin was no longer called the “Ladies Tee” but instead the “Forward Tee”.

I was a little intimidated by my golf date last week. I had never played a Disney course before, they are PGA championship courses. You know, the ones that the professional multi-million doller bread winners play on.  I hadn’t played a round of golf in about three years and the hubby and I were going to be playing with a Disney Exec and an Arnold Palmer Golf Management Exec…no pressure Amanda.

I really didn’t even have anything to wear. There’s a dress code right? I’m a blogger and my daily wear consists of bare feet and flip flops with tank tops and tees.  That was an easy fix. Grab a collared golf shirt at my local outlet and pair it with some existing capris. I didn’t even have golf shoes.  My running shoes fit the bill.  Amateur wear…but that was OK and I felt completely comfortable playing. Proof that you don’t have to break the bank to golf at Disney.

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Here I am practicing my putting skills.  That’s the pro shop behind me.  I own my own clubs but the rentals are actually nicer than mine. Club rentals are $50. If you are a resort guest the price is slashed to $20 and you get free range balls as well. Way cheaper than paying an extra baggage fee on your flight here.

The Courses

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See that building in the background? That’s Disney’s Shades of Green Resort.  The resort is surrounded by three of Walt Disney World’s five golf courses: Magnolia, Palm and Oak Trail (9 holes). You may have seen them..directly across the street from Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The other two courses are Lake Buena Vista (near Old Key West and Saratoga Springs) and Osprey Ridge (Near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Golden Oak).

If you’re intimidated by signing up for a full 18 holes then try Oak Trail. Oak Trail is free to Disney Premium Annual Passholders and it’s only 9 holes and is probably one of the better Disney-themed courses. That’s set to change though. Rumor has it there will be good things to come for Disney Golf which recently entered into a 20 year agreement with Arnold Palmer Golf Management.

disney oak trail golf courseWe headed over to Disney’s Palm Golf Course…elevated greens, 9 water holes, 94 bunkers (sand traps) and lots of woods.

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Midway through I tried to discern whether we were golfing or at Animal Kingdom.

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I got some coaching on my grip.

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…and tried to focus on the game instead of taking pictures of my lush surroundings.

disney golf course palm

disney golf course palm

disney golf course palm

My 14-year-old daughter was bummed that she couldn’t come out for our “play date” but I did find out that Junior Golf Camps will be available this summer with newly hired Director of Instruction by Mike Schlager.

Talking to Alex Forsyth (WDW Tournament and Event Sales manager) …I learned that more than half of the PGA Championship courses are private courses. Not many people have the opportunity to play on an open PGA course seven days a week, 365 days a year. Disney offers its guests and the public this exclusive opportunity.  That’s right, Disney courses are open to the public, so all you locals pull out your phones and book your tee time!

Professionals and amateurs alike are welcome and will definitely enjoy a golfcation at Walt Disney World.  I can’t wait to come back and try out another signature Disney Golf course.

Resort guests, passholders, DVC Members, military and cast members are eligible for discounts on golf.  Visit Walt Disney World Golf to book or call 407-WDW-GOLF.

Big thanks to Disney Golf for a complementary nine holes. Of course all “major Disneyphile” opinions are my own.