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General Golf Information

Courses

Five golf courses grace Walt Disney World.  They vary in difficulty from Oak Trail, a nine-hole "executive" course, to the intermediate Magnolia, Palm, and Lake Buena Vista courses (designed by Joe Lee), and on to the more difficult Osprey Ridge (Tom Fazio) and Eagle Pines (Pete Dye) courses.  Each is meticulously maintained...and each is quite expensive (but worth the dollars if you're an aficionado of the game.

The Lake Buena Vista course hosts the first three rounds of the National Car Rental Classic (formerly the Disney / Oldsmobile Golf Classic) in mid-October of each year (the 14th-22nd in 2001).  The tournament wraps up on the Magnolia course for the final round. 

Best Time to Golf

First few months of the year (January-April) is prime time for golf, since the temperatures are not yet stifling.  Off season is May-October.

The fewest guests seem to golf on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Perhaps this is because the weekends are busier with locals and the later part of the week sees more vacationers (since they've spent some time in the parks already).  Late morning and late afternoon are the lull times during any given day. 

That being the case, you may want to shoot for mid-year, early in the week, and late morning and afternoon tee times.  

Rates

Greens fees vary depending on the season and time of day.  Not surprisingly, the lowest cost round can be had during off season in the late afternoon.

In general, the prices for a round at the five major courses will run:

  • $90-$160 for WDW resort guests

  • $95-$165 for day visitors

  • $53-$80 Twilight (after 3:00pm)

While nine holes at Oak Trail will cost:

  • $16-$34 for adults

  • $11-$21 for juniors (17 and under)

All greens fees include the use of a cart (which is required on all of the 18-hole courses).

Equipment Rental

Clubs can be rented for less than $50 (but with photo identification and a hefty $500 deposit on a major credit card).

Lessons

Greens fees vary depending on the season and time of day.  Not surprisingly, the lowest cost round can be had during off season in the late afternoon.

Reservations

Tee times, reservations for pro-taught lessons, and arrangements for equipment rental (with a huge deposit) can be made by calling (407) WDW-GOLF (939-4653).

WDW resort guests can make tee time reservations up to 90 days ahead.  Others can do so only 30 days ahead.  All are guaranteed with a major credit card.  Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the tee time.

Other Contacts

There's a whole page of phone numbers for the pro shops, lessons, and other golf-related information in the Phone Directory section of the trip planning guide.

 
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