Fore! The words no golfer ever wants to say, especially on Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. Known for theme parks, amazing resorts and out of this world dining, Walt Disney World has tons to offer beyond the parks. Taking a day or part of a day away for the parks is a great way to recharge for before gearing up for some more rope dropping. For today’s break, we’re teeing it up at one of the most magical places on turf!
Here to There
Whether you rented a car or not, getting to Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course is a piece of cake. Yum, cake! That Headless Horseman cheesecake from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, we’re still thinking of it. As usual, we digress.
We’re back on topic, getting to Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. When staying at any of the Disney Resorts, transportation to and from the course is free. All you need to do is head down to bell services and let them know you’re playing golf. The cast member will call a taxi and hand you a voucher from the ride. When your round is complete, head into the pro shop and do the same.
Passholder Insights: When staying at either Polynesian or Grand Floridian resorts, you’re able to walk across the street to the course.
Nine or Eighteen?
How many holes are you looking to play? Disney’s Magnolia Golf offers a couple of different options for hitting the links. One of our favorite things to do is the Sunrise 9. Quick nine holes before tackling our favorite Epcot rides, where do we sign up? What’s great about the Disney golf courses is the ability to play either nine holes early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
When making your tee time either online or calling the pro-shop make sure to take a look at the different rates for both the number of holes, and whether or not you qualify for a discount.
Passholder Insights: Taylormade golf clubs are available to rent if you decide last minute to squeeze in a few holes.
It’s all about the greens! Disney Magnolia Golf Course is the flagship course on property. For a course that gets a lot of play, the greens are in decent shape, roll true, and are definitely challenging. The Bermuda grass adds a layer of difficulty most golfers may not be familiar with as the grain of the grass impacts the direction it will go.
The difficulty of the Bermuda grass doesn’t end with the greens. Rough is the least we can say about the rough. It’s not long, but it’s really thick and your ball drops to the bottom. Needless to say, we may have lost a ball or two in the rough, but let’s keep this between us.
What makes the Disney golf courses stand apart are the bunkers. We’re not talking about the how well-groomed the bunkers are, they are definitely well-groomed, no we’re talking about their shapes. Home to the original Mickey-shaped bunker, Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course par 3 sixth hole is where you’ll find it. Whether your tee shot lands in the bunker or not, you’ll one to drop one in just to hit it out. Trust us, you do!
Passholder Insights: To find the most unique Disney themed golf gear you’ll want to head to one of the two pro shops on Disney property. The second is at the Lake Buena Golf Course attached to Saratoga Springs Resort.
Touring The Course
Are we in the Animal Kingdom? Cruising around Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course we encountered a variety of wild animals. From free-range turkeys to the white tail deer and of course an alligator or two, we were surround with picturesque wildlife. When playing any Disney golf course we recommend no searching for your
ball in the woods, a drop is the best idea.
Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course is a challenging, yet fair course. We found the course layout very enjoyable with just the right amount of risk and reward opportunities. With five sets of tees, there is a layout for every skill level. The big thing we learned is how the GPS measures yardage. Everything is measure to the pin, not to the center of the green.
Passholder Insights: A one of kind Mickey golf cart is located in front of Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. Any of the bag attendants are more than happy to snap a picture for you.
It’s a solid round of golf. The former PGA course is great way to spend a morning or afternoon away from the parks. Our favorite thing is the 16th fairway marker that says Tiger Woods hit the green and made eagle from here. It’s only a 268-yard shot over water. We got to go, we’re next on the tee!