Disney's Palm Golf Course

4.2372588235 4.2 stars from 5 (301)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6870 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

  • 1950 W Magnolia Palm Drive , Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830, Orange County
  • (407) 939-4653
  • (407) 827-4210
  • golfwdw.com
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Year built: 1971
Architect(s): Joe Lee (1971), Rocky Roquemore, Arnold Palmer (2013)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees (with GPS)
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire consists of a polo-style shirt with collar, turtleneck or mock turtleneck shirt, and slacks or Bermuda-length shorts.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6870 yards 73.7 131
White 72 6339 yards 71.4 125
Gold 72 5995 yards 69.2 118
Red (W) 72 5213 yards 70.5 126

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 301 Reviews
5 stars:
125
4 stars:
123
3 stars:
34
2 stars:
12
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

267 out of 300 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near local attractions at a resort convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views brunch  

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"Sloppy conditions"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A great course with really poor drainage. It was cart path only and for good reason. Standing water on all tees and fairways. Around the greens were the worst as many greens were elevated so water would run off. All in all not the worst round but with some drainage modifications could be better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Disney Palms"


Todd4440094's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value for $45 on GolfNow. Great shape for the amount of rain in central Florida. Pro shop staff was not very accommodating; however cart guys were great! Greens were nice but slow; fairways were pristine. For the money I would play here over most courses in central Florida.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Greens"


pruit86054's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great Golf outing; greens a little slow for my taste!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Dago72's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Disney Golf"


John1378844's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was good except for Golfnow reservation it took for days of phone calls to get the reservations. Then get there and was going to be charged a different rate due to lack of communication with Golfnow. Always have your reservations on your phone or printed out the only thing that saved me. Staff worked it out and had the same error for my birthday Golf day made for Saturday he also fixed that at the course. So much for the VIP services, hope they fix this reservations problem it kind of ruins a happy day at the start. John C


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Arrive early"


FlyNavy675's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

New construction on the Disney roads caused some delays and wrong turns, so plan for more time than your GPS tells you. Once you get there, everything is top quality! The course is in fantastic shape and if you can get the GolfNow $39 price, it’s the best deal in town! There is plenty of water on the course, but ample landing areas. The carts have touch screen GPS so you can plan your shot to the landing zone. This course is playable for all skill levels with only a few forced carries. A good layout for the ladies too. We look forward to coming back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Disney Experience on a Windy Day"


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Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Like everything at WDW, the Palm course is top-notch. Great layout, great condition. Greens are hard to read and hard to gauge. It's Florida, so lots of water and sand - not a good combo when the wind is 20-30 mph. GPS carts are (mostly) great, with interactive map to get most any distance - but the "nannying" (cart reduced to a crawl if it's somewhere they don't want to you be) was a bit irritating.

Minor quibbles: pro shop gave no info regarding range or balls. (Palm course is not near pro shop.) Not sure why Orlando and FLA residents get different rates, but GolfNow needs to find a way to filter them better. $59 isn't $115.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



acarfagno's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Windy"


Sonny9166512's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything A-OK... I have nothing bad to say .... we will be back...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course but slow"


bswhite01's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course conditions were unbelievable. Greens are super hard to read but makes it fun for the more advanced golfers. Bunkers and water everywhere but with a great layout you have to bring your best golf. Played behind a foursome for the first nine that was super slow and didn’t care that we were waiting on every shot. Passed them on 10 and never saw them again. Besides that no complaints can’t wait to play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Disney Hospitality"


gjp220's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had the 9 hole Early bird special and had the course to ourselves. Practice balls, sandwich, coffee, 9 holes on a great course doesn't get any better..done in 1.5 hrs. We rebooked obviously


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u640316221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Disney Palm course"


Bobh230's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was great. Unfortunately there was a fog delay that back up all tee times about 1 hour. That took us to the afternoon when the temperature got hotter. Overall though a great course but being the first time we played here it was challenging not knowing where to lay up or position an approach shot.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens"


areapapa's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the greens were in great shape ,true roll and held great but were slow , if you like slow greens this is the course but I like them fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Th course was in great shape"


acarfagno's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’ve played this course a few times but I enjoyed this round because the course was in such good shape. I’m look forward to playing it many times


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good Course, but not special"


peteblke's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course layout was good, the staff was nice, the course wasn't in as good a shape as I anticipated. There was nothing wrong with the course, but with so many options in the area, I just expected more. For the price, some of the other courses in the area just seem better.

I expected a little more being a Disney Property. Charging extra for range balls was disappointing. Some of the rough was stressed. Nothing really wrong with the course, I was just expecting more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



TimVan1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



TimVan1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout is very enjoyable. The course is challenging but a very fair test. It’s the way a resort course should be. There is risk/reward and what you is in front of you is what you get, no blind shots that make you wish you hit a different club as a first time player on the curse.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"palm courses"


u9423709's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A must play if in the area to visit Mickey and friends. Course presents a good challenge for the average golfer. Very nice staff!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course Conditions On The Decline"


Daniel3677667's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Per the review title, unfortunately Magnolia and Palms are on the decline from a course condition standpoint. Let me explain.. First of all, the pictures you see on this site are very generous as compared to the actual course conditions over the last year or so from my perspective. The tee boxes and fairways just don't have that nice consistent grass for setting the ball up for a good strike. Obviously this is a moot point when using a tee on the boxes but I like to use the grass for the par 3s. I found the grass on the practice range was better than the conditions on the course, i.e, especially the fairways.

As usual, the staff is very friendly and the overall facilities are pretty good. The value for the money (at least for Orlando residents) is excellent for this time of year. I've played these courses (Lake Buena Vista too) quite a few times over the last year and I can't help feel the conditions are deteriorating somewhat. Especially in light of these courses being in championship shape back in the early 2000s. Don't get me wrong, they're still in decent shape for the money and I still encourage folks to try them out.

The traps and greens were in pretty good condition. The greens still remain pretty fast so that's always a plus. Pretty much all areas containing rough are brown, there's really no grass to speak of for the rough areas. The fairways just don't have the concentration of good grass for giving you that confidence, but you can still take a nice divot with a clean strike.

I hope Disney invests more money in reseeding the fairways and watering more. I realize this is the dry season but I'm taking that into account regarding my review of the conditions. This is peak season for green fees in FL, the conditions should be better.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/26/2018

Thank you for your feedback on your recent round at Walt Disney World® Golf. We apologize for the fact that your were displeased with the service that our Palm courses presented you. We hope that you will play our wonderful courses again in time to come, so we can exceed your expectations upon your next visit to Orlando.

We have been experiencing an unusually cold start to the year here in Central Florida, and the roughs, that have not been over-seeded, have turned dormant (brown) I can assure you that it is not a result of doing something or not doing something that we should have been to maintain these courses at a high level of conditioning that has caused the grass to look like it does. We water our courses nightly, and it is simply a by-product of the cold weather. As temperatures begin to increase, the growth in the roughs will once again have everything green again. In the mean time, the courses do play firm and far, leading to longer drives, and shorter approach shots. The greens are putting tremendously well currently, therefore there's the potential of a personal best low score awaiting you the next time you play!

If you would like to discuss your experience further with our management level staff, please email us at disneygolfreservations@palmergolf.com

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us!



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