Disney (Magnolia) - Florida - USA

Walt Disney World Golf,
1950 West Magnolia Drive,
Lake Buena Vista,
Florida (FL) 32830,
USA


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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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.8 out of 10 Reviews: 4
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Adam Tomasiello

The first round I ever played in the Sunshine State was at the Disney Magnolia Golf Course. Given my fairly positive experience at other Arnold Palmer designs, I decided this moderately priced public course would be a solid option. While Disney’s Magnolia may not be topping any architectural lists, the round was still memorable.

Having grown up in New England, my trip to the Disney Magnolia course enlightened me to golf on flat land. While the topography was not spectacular, the course was well-maintained, and the pro-shop was full of awesome Disney branded golf gear. Some of the more interesting holes were:

• #6: This par three plays over a lake and is fronted by a bunker shaped like Mickey Mouse. While the strategic value of that trap is debatable, it is certainly one-of-a-kind!

• #9: This medium/long par five is relatively benign from the tee. Visually intimidating bunkers around the green can easily make a player miss left where a pond awaits.

• #10: This par five has an interesting, rumpled fairway. The desired tee shot is left-to-right while the reverse is required on the approach.

• #13: This quirky dogleg left requires thought off the tee. Players must either play sufficiently to the right (where two well-placed bunkers lay) or far enough back to avoid a gorgeous old tree that may block shots to the guarded green.

Despite the lack of strong architectural interest, the Magnolia course surprised me in other ways:

• First, the course was unexpectedly full of wildlife. I spotted many rafters of turkey, deer, alligators, and other wild birds and reptiles. This made the course feel very rural in the suburban Orlando jungle.

• Second, being at the resort, you were bound to meet interesting guests. I was randomly paired with two Japanese doctors who were on vacation, and we had such an amazing time playing golf together. How many courses can you interact with people from all around the globe in the pro-shop, on the range, and at the turn?

• Finally, there was just a generally happy spirit at the entire property – some Disney Magic. Everyone was incredibly friendly, and I just felt so positive out on the course. It rubbed off too, as I played the second best round of my career.

Thinking about Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course always puts a smile on my face.

April 04, 2020
4 / 10
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M. James Ward

Formulaic golf lies at the heart of Magnolia. For those with limited time options and having to entertain children present who are there to do the theme park escapade -- the golf side of the equation is more about filling a quick desire to play. From an architectural side -- there's hardly anything that will embed itself into your collective memory banks.

Matters would be helped considerably if one did not have to make a full shoulder turn to get a putt to go more than six feet. Also, rechecking a number of the teeing areas and being sure they are level would help too.

The greater Orlando golf market has clearly evolved since the Disney courses opened. But, for many who must stay nearby for family reasons -Magnolia is about getting some type of golf in while there. Nothing more than that.

M. James Ward

February 03, 2020
4 / 10
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Larry Jacobs

Tournament level course. Everything about it is great. Love the Mickey Mouse bunker except when I went in it and took a double bogey. Greens may not always be as fast as when I played a few years ago but at the time they were THE fastest greens I have played. 3 putts could be common if not giving putts away.

December 05, 2019
9 / 10
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December 05, 2019

Novelty bunkers? Sounds like a bit of a Mickey Mouse course to me

Andy Newmarch
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 usDisney (Magnolia) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer 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 / 10
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Peter Gammie
March 31, 2016
Good fun, yes, but 'twould be even better if they kept the tees and greens in better shape.