Reunion Resort - Palmer Course

4.1705882353 4.2 stars from 5 (11)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6916 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
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

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6916 yards 72.8 142
Gold 72 6419 yards 70.8 135
Blue 72 6058 yards 69.3 127
White 72 5529 yards 66.7 120
White (W) 72 5529 yards 71.8 129
Red 72 4802 yards 63.3 106
Red (W) 72 4802 yards 67.8 117

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 11 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

11 out of 11 reviews


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"Reunion Resort – Palmer Course: Another Crown Jewel for the King"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Salamander’s Reunion Resort, just west of Orlando Florida, is how to three fantastic golf courses by three of the game’s greatest players: Jack Nicklaus, ow Watson and the late, great, King, Arnold Palmer.

The Arnold Palmer Course at Reunion Resort plays 6,916 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 70.9 and a slope of 132. Five sets of tees make the Arnold Palmer Course enjoyable for golfers of all skill sets and abilities. The course can be played anywhere from 4800 yards to 6900 yards.

Since its opening, the course has received many accolades including #21 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s Top 40 New Courses in 2005, and Golf Magazine’s “The Best Courses Near You”, where it ranked # 24 in 2008 and #27 in 2010. Golfweek Magazine has also bestowed many awards on this Arnold Palmer masterpiece.

What makes this course so unique – particularly in this part of the country – is the hilly terrain. You can also find some dramatic (remember this is Florida) elevation changes of up to 50 feet. All of this can make for some interesting risk/reward opportunities. Would Arnie have it any other way? The Palmer course is as beautiful as it is challenging. Expansive waste areas and strategically placed bunkers combine with the natural rolling terrain, mature trees and meticulous landscaping to ensure you have a memorable round. The fairways are, for the most part wide and generous, giving you the opportunity to do what Arnold did for a living: go for broke!

The greens feature quite a bit of undulation. Many of them are oversized, some feature multiple tiers, crowns and ridges; very seldom do you find yourself with a straight putt.

The practice facilities are second to none with a targeted grass range, putting greens and short game areas for chipping, pitching and bunker practice. The course is serviced by a beautiful clubhouse with an impressively stocked golf shop, restaurant, lounge and outdoor patio.

Memorable Holes (All Yardages are from the Gold Tees)

Number 4: Par 4, 339 yards. Don’t let the length of this hole fool you, it may be short but it demands two good shots to get it close. The green is rather shallow; it is also very firm and slopes drastically from back to front. Unless you are approaching from the right side, you will need to carry it on to the green. If this is your only par, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about!

Number 6: Par 4, 376 yards. The right side of this dogleg right par 4 is full of bunkers as well as a large waste area the farther right you go. A well-placed fairway bunker on the left side collects a lot of balls as well off the tee. A drive played down the right side of the fairway provides the shortest approach shot however club selection on your second shot is critical for a realistic opportunity at birdie.

Number 7: Par 4, 274 yards. The ultimate in risk/reward opportunities and the rarest of golf holes! This is truly a short par 4. Many players will be tempted to drive the green; few will succeed! This severely undulating green is almost completely surrounded by deep bunkers; not to mention the intimidating tee shot over water. There is nothing wrong with marking a 4 on your card for this hole!

Number 9: Par 5, 526 yards. Longball hitters can get there in two if the hole is playing downwind. The waste area that you have to carry off the tee is present all the way down the right side. The pitch and undulation of the fairway can also make for some awkward lies. The green is large and slopes gently from back to front making for plenty of birdie opportunities.

Number 10: Par 5, 581 yards. This par 5 dogleg right hole is pretty much a three-shot hole for any golfer. Try and cut the dogleg and a cluster of well-placed fairway bunkers awaits your shot. Hit whatever club you hit the longest (this may include a driver depending upon your confidence of hitting it “off the deck”) on your second shot to leave a manageable distance for your approach shot. The green has a gentle slope to it and as well guarded by bunkers.

Number 15: Par 5, 487 yards. This to me is the most interesting hole on the course. It is - by all accounts thus far on the Arnold Palmer Course – a short par 5. The thing is that unless you can hit a 300-yard drive over water, you can’t really aim at the green. If you can pull that off, getting on in two is pretty much a given. The rest of us will have to determine how much of the hole to cut off, making it a three-shot hole. You will also find huge elevation changes on both your layup and approach shots so be sure to take an extra club.

Number 18: Par 4, 382 yards. This is a beautiful and well landscape finishing hole. What you don’t see off the tee can hurt you. From the tee, you can see the well-placed fairway bunkers on either side of the fairway. What you don’t realize is that from there, the fairway dips downhill and incorporates a large waste bunker and large rocks. Very aesthetic and appealing – unless you get behind one! Your approach shot is uphill to a two-tiered green that slopes from back to front. A very scenic hole.

Last Word:

The Arnold Palmer Course at Reunion Resort is a very exciting and challenging course. While it may be the shortest of the three courses, it still offers a good mix of long and shot holes that will have you hitting every club in your bag. There are several risk/reward opportunities that can make (or break) a good round. Something else you don’t usually experience in these parts of Florida are uphill shots. There are several elevation changes whether it is hitting over a deep depression on a par three hole or trekking uphill to the green on a par 5, it is certainly a welcome change from your typical Florida golf outing. This layout has a number of forced carries off the tee, however it shouldn’t be much of a problem unless you are playing from the back tees. But then, what else would you expect?

The course and especially the greens are always in tournament playing conditions. There are not a lot of straight putts on any of the greens on this course so be prepared to take your time and read each putt carefully. There are also a few hidden surprises that cannot be seen of the green in the form of waste and sand bunkers and the rocks on 18.

Besides being home to three championship courses designed by three of the most memorable players to ever pick up a club, Reunion Resort is also a family retreat, combining the best of resort amenities with small-town life. Amenities include horse stables, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, a water park a multitude of swimming pools in various locations, miles of biking and hiking trails and, of course shopping. And let’s not forget the world-class dining! All in all, the Palmer Course at Reunion Resort is a great test for golfers of all playing levels and abilities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



"Palmer is the quentisential American Parkland Design"


Richholmes1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This lovely course is a great example of American Parkland Design.

The antithesis of links golf it seeks to enhance the natural surroundings rather not then just cut through them. It is a bit “Target golf”, but really what course isn’t.

It was just aireated so putting was well off the acceptable level for a true score but a beautiful setting for a fun round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"ReUnion Resort Watson Course"


extennisnowgolfer's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Florida Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

1:12 tee time w/ buddies. This is a typical immaculate resort course. Has spectacular views from tee boxes. Has elevation chages. Greens elevated, rolling true & fast. Expensive but had a fun round. Group Golfer offered this course for $59 so I snatched it up because only way I know of how to play ReUnion courses involves booking lodging on their premesis. At least I can say I've played it. Pro shop well stocked. Has great practice areas, range, chipping & putting greens.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"nice layout but in poor condition"


georgekkl's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The golf course is good to play but the overall appearance is somewhat disappointing, it needs some tlc. Signposts were down, GPS did not work, tees, fairways and greens looked neglected and tired.

Maybe it was the time of year but no excuses for failing to maintain to a good standard. When I played last year there was quite a bit of water about the place but that has all but gone.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The most fun of the 3 Reunion courses"


polishpal's avatar
Wisconsin Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This course is one you want to play at least twice in a day and one where you want to try something totally different than what you did the first time you played it. The risk reward is less penal than the Nicklaus course and way more fun to try and pull off. Hole #7 is the perfect example of that philosophy. Do you lay up to a well bunkered green or go for it with a precise bomb off the tee? Follow that up with a not so fun long par 4 on 8 and the Palmer course gives you a roller coaster of challenges.

As with the Watson course, the conditioning could have been better as there was more brown and worn out areas but being from Wisconsin, that could be ignorance where most courses are green during the summer months.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Palmer Course"


Golfer1234556789's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

The Palmer course at Reunion is not your typical Florida golf course. Very hilly. This course has a great track and is well maintained. However, I like the Nicklaus and Watson courses better. The Palmer course is the shorter of the three, only running at 6,916 from the tips. Hole 7 is Reunions signature hole. It is a risk reward shot. If you are a long ball hitter, than going for the green is manageable on the short 290 yd par 4. I am a member at Reunion and have never had bad service. The guys in the pro shop are great and the starters are too. The courses are always in great shape. If you play at Reunion, I'm sure you will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun resort course"


dansuarez's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a course in which you have to stay at to play. Palmer track is fun and you can have holes where you don't need the driver. #7 is a picturesque signature hole on this course.

Some greens needed a little love but overall course was in great shape.

I was playing in a 4-ball tournament and the course was backed up because of it. I'm sure Pace of Play is in good shape.

My team also won, so I will be back to the Reunion Resort. Hopefully, it will be to play another track.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good conditioned, but a quirky layout"


in2themystyc11'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 01/15/2016
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

To start, Reunion is a fabulous resort - first class all the way. Its really a pretty place. That said, I believe this is the lesser of the 3 courses. Its short and has some pretty crazy undulations in the fairways. While it is short, its not particularly easy - fair amount of sand and water. The day we played, it poured rain all morning and the course drained quite well throughout the day. Overall, it a good facility, an OK course, but quite spendy (I paid $175).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Resort golf at its best"


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 06/16/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

The Palmer course at Reunion Resort is classic resort golf. The course is fairly wide-open, fairly forgiving with not a lot of out of bounds which makes it very playable for the average golfer. You will run into a lot of bunkers and hundreds if not thousands of humps in the fairways and on the greens. My best recommendation for you, especially off of the tee, is to watch your ball until it stops rolling, it could end up anywhere off of the mounds. You can easily hit a drive down the right side of the fairway and it could end up in the left rough due to these humps and mounds everywhere. If you want an enjoyable round of golf wherr you're not going to slam your club in the ground or walk off angry this is the course for you


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best Course in Orlando!"


u000006430288's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Extremely impressed with the Reunion course (Palmer). A Group of us played and loved the huge elevation changes that you don't see much in Florida.<br/> Excellent greens, excellent layout. Challenging but fair.<br/> Will definitely come back to Reunion to play all 3 courses there!


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:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Reunion's 3rd Best course"


hubtubgolf18's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I'd rather play Watson or Nicklaus' course than Arnie's. While I like many of the holes on the course and enjoy playing a course not completely surrounded by houses... this course left me wanting more.

I don't want to completely slam the course - great greens and well maintained fairways, bunkers and teeing grounds.

The 18th hole closing hole is a disservice to golf architecture. The fairway runs out after 250 yards.... leaving me a downhill approach to an uphill green. The 11th and 12th holes are a little bland. I enjoyed my time on the course but like the rest of Reunion a lot better.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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