|Lake Buena Vista was the third golf course to be designed by “Gentleman” Joe Lee at the Walt Disney Resort. Host to numerous PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and USGA events, this layout demands accuracy rather than sheer length.|
Nice course that has hosted pro events and can provide a challenge not normally found at a resort course. You will pay a premium at this course and I cannot say that it warrants it.
You will NOT receive the WDW normal greeting and enthusiasm. The staff seems uninterested in its clientele and the overall experience. The range, the pro shop, the food and overall maintenance do not live up to expectations. Personally, I prefer playing other nearby courses more based on the overall experience and the cost.
Let me start with the positives of the visit, friendly and informative starter albeit 3 minutes to explain all the Disney disclaimers the course layout was good well designed and testing, you can understand it being a tour venue a few years back. No for the negatives, poor unfriendly welcome in the pro shop, the course was waterlogged to the extent drives hit down the middle of the fairway were plugged and difficult to find, as a result cart path only play, bunkers not raked (only went in 2 all day and thankfully got up and down both times) however full green fee was still charged, very poor @Disney inadequate wash room facilities poor given the course weaves between properties, the pace of play was very poor with no apparent marshall on course ensuring the group's in front were keeping up with pace. If the course was dry and we'll maintained I would say although expensive it would be would a visit but the day we visited it clearly was not value for money
My favorite of the Disney courses, Lake Buena Vista Offers some really challenging holes peppered amongst what is otherwise very much a resort style course. Greens are very fast and you have to have some spin to hold them! Really enjoyable round of golf for any handicap!
This was my first choice course when in town with the family, whilst they were undertaking the usual Disney & Universal resorts.
For July, I have to say the course was in decent condition, quite testy with more than a few holes with an abundance of water hazards and on the whole was quite enjoyable as an introduction to golf in Florida.
Green fees at around 30 dollars for some reason was very fair and I would recommend to any golfer that is looking for a fun day out and possibly not the test and seriousness of other courses in Florida such as Seminole etc
Frankly, the main reason one plays here is because your kids are engaged at the facility and you need a diversion to do something. That's the extent of the design.
There are the usual Florida inclusions where water is used to abundance at times and a few of the holes can be a bit narrow given the general clientele playing.
The greater Orlando area has added a few other key golf choices over the last 25 years and the Disney product overall serves an immediate need to play some sort of golf when the kids are in tow. If you keep your expectations in check the time there will be productive but don't go thinking compelling architecture is center stage.
M. James Ward