Championship at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, The

4.0235294118 4.0 stars from 5 (25)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7381 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 75.2
  • Layout

  • 9000 Bay Hill Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32819, Orange County
  • (888) 422-9445, (407) 876-2429
  • (407) 876-1035
  • www.bayhill.com

Year built: 1961
Architect(s): Dick Wilson (1961), Arnold Palmer (2009), Ed Seay (1989)
Type: Resort/Private
Greens: Emerald Dwarf Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Arnold Palmer Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 7381 yards 75.2 137
Blue 72 6895 yards 73.6 133
Yellow 72 6437 yards 71.3 129
Red 72 5788 yards 68.4 123
Red (W) 72 5788 yards 74.5 136
White 72 5143 yards 70.8 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 25 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
19
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

25 out of 25 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions at a resort   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include water hazards bunkers plays long   Great for drinks amazing food dinner  

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"Bay Hill rooted in nostalgia"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Let me begin by saying despite the tone of some of the following comments, this is not intended to be a negative review, just an honest assessment. Bay Hill is a bucket list course for the obvious reasons - Arnie, and the annual PGA Tour event held here. But after playing it for the first time, I can't help but wonder if Bay Hill wasn't firmly beneath Palmer's umbrella would it be a course with any buzz? There are a handful of good holes, but there seems to be one dog-leg left with water down the left every time you turn around. If you can be reasonably accurate off the tee, Bay Hill is pretty straightforward. The greens do not offer exaggerated slopes. Though they are grainy, they did not pose much too many opportunities for three-putt chaos. Greens were recovering from aeration, but were better than I expected and didn't detract too much from the round. The strength of Bay Hill lies in its excellent bunkering. Though most of the par 5s played maddeningly short, reaching them in two shots required extreme precision with long irons. Off just a bit and bunkers were there to swallow the shot up. I liked this and felt it protected the holes. Though I scored better on the outward nine, I felt the inward half was stronger, particularly the final three holes. I am eager to see how Bay Hill evolves or devolves now that Arnie is gone. The Lodge itself, though a bit dated on the outside has been largely renovated and I found my room to be quite comfortable and modern. The practice facility is excellent and you should take full advantage of it during your stay. Bottom line: If you are serious golfer, you must play Bay Hill. You will be overwhelmed by the experience, even if a bit underwhelmed at the course itself.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"#WLGO"


MichaelLowe's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Had a chance to play a scramble format today at Bay Hill as part of the WLGO - World's Largest Golf Outing. The course is always a treat to play and was in solid shape. Most of the areas has made a good comeback after the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Good time with great buddies, helping support Fisher House and Arnie's Army charities.

Note for those interested in playing - generally you need to stay at the Bay Hole Lodge to play the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fantastic course and fantastic facility!"


justinfancy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Bay Hill was certainly a bucket list course for me and it did not disappoint! Just to be able to play on a course the pros play on is a treat. We played off the yellow tees that are about 6400 yards. The pros play off 7300 yards, which is amazing when you think about it. The greens were absolutely immaculate and rolled extremely true, and the fairways were also a treat to hit off of. The four caddie that was with us was very very helpful and a pleasure to be around. I would recommend this course for the low handicap lovers of golf who want to experience a day like the pros - including the caddie who watches over your every shot and guides you through every putt on the course. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Bay Hill, however probably won't golf here again because of the price to golf and stay - it was more less a bucket list item for me.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ctgolfer82's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Other than snobby members this was a great experience"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

First off let me say that playing Bay Hill was a great experience, especially walking with a caddy. The course was fantastic and the staff was top notch. Sadly, there was a group of female member 3-4 groups ahead of us that fell almost four holes behind the group in front of them and when the ranger asked them to pick it up they told him to "put his big boy pants on and tell the non-members behind them to go eff themselves". But now back to reviewing the course because hopefully you won't get stuck behind a group like this if you come play Bay Hill. The two loops around water on the front and the back were amazing, number 6 is one of the best holes in golf and 17 and 18'with their water features and bunkers make for challenging holes. Other than the rediculously slow play we really enjoyed our time here and the course itself. It was a Top 10 experience for us and we will be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great test of golf"


Anthony9184196's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Truly a great test of golf. Once you play the course, it easy to see why the PGA tour stops here year after year. Tee to green, the conditioning was absolute perfection including greens that run fast and true.

There's nothing tricked up about the course, what you see is what you get. The design will make you think. Strategic bunker placements coupled with water on many of the holes makes the course challenging.

Every staff member pleasantly greeted us as if we were long time members. If you have the chance to Bay Hill, do not pass it up. Your game and strategy will be challenged in every way.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bay Hill as solid as Arnie"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I think we get caught up in this idea than any place that hosts a tour event has to be a classic golf course or wow us in spectacular fashion. Sometimes we overthink it. Bay Hill is simply a typical Florida golf course, solid and well-designed with a number of memorable holes. Two of the par 5s -- 6 and 16 -- are outstanding, and the par 3s are above average, too. Plus, there's the added bonus there's a good chance you'll see Arnold Palmer there if you spend a couple of days at the small resort club.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great, classic Florida golf in the home of the King"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A stay-and-play at Orlando's Bay Hill is special for a variety of reasons, starting with, of course, the fact Arnold Palmer lives here and is much of a regular here as any resident member. During a stay here, you just get the sense that everyone knows they're in the house of the king, and acts and dressed accordingly. Compared to your average Orlando mega-resort, Bay Hill's class and smaller scale is all too refreshing.

The golf course, meanwhile, is a wonderful, classic design that just feels like it's a PGA Tour venue at every turn. A recent renovation raised a lot of traps, so from the tee, you can see all the trouble in front of you. To my eye, I really liked how the course set up on just about every tee box.

We were playing Bay Hill the day before the PLAYERS kicked off just up the road at Sawgrass, and while pros are lamenting poor greens, we were putting on butter smooth surfaces.

We played the middle of 5 tees (about 6400 & change), and it still felt like plenty of golf, thanks to doglegs, forced carries and each par-3 seemed pretty long as well, requiring mid-irons at the least.

Be sure to hang in the locker room a little bit after your round. It's fully-stocked to say the least, down to the full bar in there, and if you browse the names adoring lockers you'll see some rather familiar ones. Staff is on point at every turn, whether in the lodge, restaurants or golf shop. And when you know the King could walk in any second, it's a sure bet the product is going to be polished 24/7.

Once you've played a few of Orlando's resort courses than can have a bit more of a hustle 'n bustle to them, you'll adore a day Bay Hill all that much more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A day with the King"


RexHoggardGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

There is no let up at Bay Hill, which is why they play a PGA Tour event there every spring.<br/> Even without the thick rough and slick greens, the home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational is plenty challenging thanks to ubiquitous hazards, but after decades of tinkering by the King himself it's an enjoyable challenge.<br/> Make sure you have lunch in the grill room and I recommend the Bay Hill grill cheese and an Arnold Palmer, what else?


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bay Hill: Challenging resort course"


WillGrayGC's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

My recent trip to Bay Hill was great, as we played the course just weeks after the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the conditions were superb. The greens were running very true and the rough was still menacing in many parts of the course.

The course is a challenging one, and presents several holes that stand out visually: Nos. 6, 17 and 18 specifically. While some of the other holes can blend in a bit - 3 looks a lot like 11, 7 looks a lot like 14, and the par-3s are all of similar length - it's still a great test in terms of Florida, resort-style courses. You definitely have to think your way around many of the holes and the mix of hazards - sometimes it's water, sometimes it's trees, sometimes it's rough and bunkers - adds a fun element.

Bay Hill will always be a course where you can count on pristine conditions, and my trip was no different.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A morning playing the King's castle"


JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I've lived in Orlando for 21 years and only had played Bay Hill once. That was quite a long time ago. But I've covered the Arnold Palmer Invitational for 15 years and know every hole quite well.

For starters, this is Arnold Palmer's playground, what more do you need to know? The place was in great shape and was every bit as challenging as I had remembered. If you're not having a particularly good ball-striking day some of the longer holes, and holes with water, can tend to cause you severe angst.

But the layout is fantastic and the three closing holes are as memorable of a closing stretch as there is in golf. The day was complete when I ran into Mr. Palmer after the round. He was kind enough to take a photo with me, which is something I've wanted to do for the last 17 years that I've been in the golf industry.

Mission complete.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"The King's Course"


CharlieRymerGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The really cool thing about playing Bay Hill is that you have a reasonable chance of seeing The King himself when you are there. Today I was out for lunch and got to say hello. Warning....don't wear your hat in the clubhouse. Mr. Palmer is not a fan of that. Years ago Bay Hill had a reputation of not being well conditioned except around tournament time. That is certainly not the case now. I play the course quite frequently and the conditioning is always excellent. The opening three holes are among the toughest on tour and the closing three are among the most exciting. And the middle 12, well no slackers there. Bay Hill is a challenging course that is well worth playing especially if you have been a fan of the Arnold Palmer Invitational over the years. In so many ways television just doesn't do it justice. Two tips for you....don't bite off too much of the lake at number 6. Bring a camera.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pro test in Orlando"


RyanLavnerGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I'd covered the Bay Hill tournament for a number of years and finally had a chance to play earlier this year. When the conditions are firm and fiery, and when the rough is up, Bay Hill is all the golf course you want. Fortunately, the track played a bit easier when I played, and I hit it enough good shots to negate the many, many poor ones. It's always fun to play a PGA Tour course, because you can visualize how the pros get around the place. Even for the amateurs, though, there are a lot of fun holes to play, particularly on the back nine (16-18).


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun time, you may see the king"


MichaelLowe's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2014
Previously played Walked

Reviewed on

Bay Hill is a fun experience, a definite must play in Orlando. The course layout was interesting, though some holes just really don't do it for me. Having watched the tournament on TV my entire life, the finishing stretch of 16, 17, 18 are really fun. 18 has produced a lot of drama and it's fun to relive those moments when you play.

The food at the facility is excellent and the clubhouse (hats off!) has so many classic pictures Mr Palmer with the who's-who of sports, music and politics from the 50's to today.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A golf palace fit for a King"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I haven't played Bay Hill since 2011, but I still remember the experience fondly. It was within six weeks of the tournament, so no one was allowed to hit off the grass on the range. The course was rounding into pristine shape, and the layout had more subtle rolls of elevations than I remembered. It's one of my favorite Florida golf experiences, even if you don't happen to run into the King himself, Arnold Palmer. Everybody remembers the three-hole finishing stretch for all the dramatic moments seen on TV. My favorite hole is the crescent moon-shaped par-5 sixth hole where John Daly made an 18 in the 1998 tournament. I might have tossed up a snowman at some point, but at least I beat Big John.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging from any set of tees"


Char1208's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

I have played Bay Hill many times but this particular round was freezing. It did not make the course any easier. They are already prepping the course for the tournament and the greens were really quick! The rough is also tough so I'd advise you to hit as many fairways as possible.<br/> There are a few easy holes and a few very tough holes, but it all evens out in the end. You need to birdie a couple of the par 5s to keep your score respectable.<br/> I love the food, I love the practice facilities, and you'll probably spot the King while you're there. I'd definitely recommend Bay Hill if you are in town and able to play it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Taste of the King"


Greg3749788's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

One of my favorites in Orlando. Challenging but fair. Keep it in the fairway and you'll have a good round, but beware, the rough will wait as long as it takes to get a hold of you. When it does, don't try anything crazy. Great conditions, and maybe you'll see Mr. Palmer in the clubhouse. Members and Lodge guest only.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great facility, average course layout"


edura's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2013
Previously played Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

The customer experience you get at Bay Hill is quite amazing. You truly feel like one of the members. Everything from the rooms to the course to the restaurants to the bathrooms is in outstanding condition! And not much more need be said about playing a golf course that the Pro's play. I was expecting more from a course layout perspective.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Mr Palmers Place"


cubs95's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

Home to the King, what more can you say!! Great layout, tough for the average golfer, but still a lot of fun to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The King's Castle"


MattGinellaGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Let's be honest, Bay Hill is all about Arnold Palmer. It's not the best course in Florida and it might not even be in the discussion for best in or around Orlando, but none of the competition has the charm and mystique of The King. He might be at the breakfast table next to you, the foursome behind you or standing right in front of you. And even if you don't get to see golf's greatest gift, the walls are decorated with enough pictures and memorabilia that you will feel as though you made a connection to an American Icon who has enjoyed a transcendent career on and off the course. And as for Bay Hill—the resort—it underwent a $7 million renovation in 2007. You have to stay there to play the course, which received a $2 million facelift in 2010. They improved grass from tee to green, carts paths and drainage, raised bunkers and straightened fairway lines. "We lit the place up," was what Mr. Palmer's design associate told me. And he was right. Bay Hill is back to looking as bright as one of Mr. Palmer's yellow golf shirts. It's a good walk, fair test and the course is fun, especially the finishing holes, which can make or break your score. Visit October thru March for the best chance of an Arnold Palmer sighting, who winters in Orlando and hits balls on the far-right side of the driving range. When I interviewed Mr. Palmer for a story I wrote for Golf Digest in 2010, he told me, "We want it to be a first-class, feel-comfortable-type place. It's part of the mystique about Bay Hill -- family. I bought it so that I could have a place to practice, and so I could feel like I was at home." And that's something none of the other 170+ courses in the Orlando area can offer...a tour of The King's Castle.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




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