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.
A day with the King
There is no let up at Bay Hill, which is why they play a PGA Tour event there every spring. 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. Make sure you have lunch in the grill room and I recommend the Bay Hill grill cheese and an Arnold Palmer, what else?
Bay Hill: Challenging resort course
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.
A morning playing the King's castle
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.
The King's Course
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.
Pro test in Orlando
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).
Fun time, you may see the king
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.
A golf palace fit for a King
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.
Challenging from any set of tees
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. 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. 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.
A Taste of the King
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.
Great facility, average course layout
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.