Bay Hill Club & Lodge - Championship Course
|Red (W)||72||5788 yards||74.5||136|
|Green M: 73.9/136||461||231||434||561||390||555||199||460||474||3765||400||438||574||370||215||429||511||221||458||3616||7381|
|Blue M: 72.3/127||438||220||406||491||366||528||184||408||446||3487||383||409||562||356||179||415||490||177||437||3408||6895|
|Yellow M: 69.8/120||416||200||371||461||350||493||159||371||410||3231||360||396||536||335||161||392||457||166||403||3206||6437|
|Red M: 66.6/112 W: 72.3/131||380||186||260||434||333||437||135||346||393||2904||334||372||490||314||140||340||399||149||346||2884||5788|
|White W: 69.3/121||360||151||238||392||317||398||105||264||362||2587||293||322||435||256||123||320||350||148||309||2556||5143|
You don't want to have to approach the par-4 13th green at Bay Hill from anywhere but the fairway. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA
The approach to the 18th at Bay Hill is one of the game's iconic shots. Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA
Par-3 17th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Approach on par-4 13th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
From behind par-5 6th green Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
From behind green on par-4 third hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
18th green Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
New Arnold Palmer statue on Hole #1 Photo submitted by MichaelLowe
Photo with the King. Photo submitted by JayCoffinGC
The clock and The King, who's in the distance and in his favorite spot on the range. Photo submitted by MattGinellaGA
The King and I. Photo submitted by MattGinellaGA
Back to Bay Hill
Had another chance to play Bay Hill last weekend with a recently joined member. The course was in good shape for the heat of the summer and the course is under-going significant upgrades including a major irrigation project along with a brand new range and short game facility as a main centerpiece around the lodge.
The layout is very familiar from previous play and from watching it on TV for so many years. The conditions were good and the greens were a bit slow, but likely a necessity given the weather.
Still a wonderful round and the presence of Mr Palmer is very much alive especially with the 15’ bronze statue on #1 tee.
Enjoyable round at Arnie's place
The King is gone, but his legacy endures, especially at Bay Hill. The course has its own interesting history, which helps buoy a layout that is idiosyncratic in places but overall stronger than I expected. The par fives, in particular, are very strong, requiring thoughtful shot planning in order to give up birdies and better. There's more elevation change than you've noted on TV, which helps matters as well.
But Bay Hill's biggest strength is its vibe. From the perfectly understated locker room (including bar) to the Lodge rooms to the convivial arrangement of the practice facilities relative to the first and 10th tees, it's just one of those places with high intangibles, and it feels good just being there.
Bay Hill rooted in nostalgia
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.
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.
Fantastic course and fantastic facility!
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.
Other than snobby members this was a great experience
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.
Great test of golf
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.
Bay Hill as solid as Arnie
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.
Great, classic Florida golf in the home of the King
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.