Top 100 You Can Play Up Close: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club

Top 100 You Can Play Up Close: Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club

No. 17 at Bay Hill.
Evan Schiller/Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club
Orlando, Fla.
7,381 yards, par 72
Green fees: $100-$185 (hotel guests only)

Tiger Woods has hoisted six Bay Hill champion’s crowns, but make no mistake: this course still belongs to the King. Arnold Palmer purchased Bay Hill more than 30 years ago and has been tweaking the layout ever since, including making substantial changes in 2009. Ranked No. 54 in our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, Bay Hill is a 1961 Dick Wilson design that has Palmer footprints all over it.

The mostly flat track defends par on every hole with an exhausting array of bunkers, lakes and length. Forced carries throughout makes Bay Hill play every inch of its formidable yardage. New for 2010 are rebuilt greens, shaved-down greenside roughs to create chipping areas and propped-up bunkers that are closer to the greens and more visually intimidating. It’s hard to imagine making the par-3 17th and par-4 18th any harder — both sport scary approaches over water to slender greens — but check back next year. As long as Arnie’s breathing, he’s tinkering.

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