|For forty years, the 18-hole Magnolia layout at the Walt Disney World Resort was a highly regarded end of season venue on the PGA Tour but, sadly, that arrangement ended in 2012.|
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I think a visit to Disney to play should be on most visiting golfer’s Orlando things to do … first and foremost the courses Magnolia, Palm and Lake Buena Vista are in the good category rather than anything beyond that, let’s be clear these will not blow you away. Some may say even a little predictable – but even if this is true, the courses here are enjoyable and add in a little Disney goodwill and the child in all of us will come out. Since Osprey Ridge left the Disney fold, Magnolia is probably the best of the three 18 hole layouts here and has been a mainstay on the PGA Tour for 40+ years with a couple of wins for Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods over the years. The course is in a tranquil setting, with more than 1500 of the fragrant Magnolias dotted around the 18 holes, 11 holes have water on them. A favourite hole on the front nine is the par-3 6th with the trademark Mickey Mouse bunker at the front and this part of the course is beautiful with a great looking lake between the 6th and the 7th holes. The obvious choice on the back nine for pick of the holes is the 17th; driving across a lake to a dog-legging right to left fairway and then avoiding more water short and right of the green just stands out – having my one and only birdie here helps too! If golf is meant to be fun, then it certainly happens here at Disney.
February 01, 2015
6 / 10Disney (Magnolia)
March 31, 2016
Good fun, yes, but 'twould be even better if they kept the tees and greens in better shape.