A view of a watery green at Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World Resort
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Rooms: Many
  • Courses: Three
  • Amenities: Endless restaurants / infinite activities
  • Also good for: Best for Families

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6 things you need to know

  • Best time to go: Playable and hospitable all year long.
  • Daily stay-and-plays start at: $200 (room only)
  • Golf experience: Four full 18s — Disney’s Palm, Magnolia (former PGA Tour stop), Buena Vista and Oak Trail courses.
  • Best non-golf amenity: Do we really need to say it? The Mouse House, of course.
  • While you're there: Oak Trail is home to a league-sanctioned, nine-hole footgolf course. Seriously, try it. It’s a legit kick.
  • Insider tip: Knowing that squeezing in 18 holes during a family vacation can be a real a challenge, Disney’s courses offer “Sunrise 9” and “Sunset 9” options.

Travelogue

Playing golf at Walt Disney World is a sensible way to escape the hustle and bustle (read: Mickey-infused madness) found at the theme parks and hotels in the area. Also, the courses are really good, earning high praise from casual golfers and serious players alike for their challenge and beautiful scenery (plus it’s kind of fun to see the theme parks looming in the distance). There are four designs, including three 18-hole offerings (Magnolia, Palm and Lake Buena Vista) and a fourth, Oak Trail, that is a family-friendly, walking-only nine-holer. Each features classic Floridian landscapes, vistas and a surprising array of wildlife — and, no, not the animatronic kind! Lake Buena Vista is the must-play, having hosted several PGA Tour, LPGA and USGA events. The Palm, though, might be the toughest challenge with water on nine holes and nearly 100 bunkers. There are endless hotel options for all budgets but if you want to treat yourself, book the Victorian-style Disney Grand Floridian, which is the only Disney property with a spa.